Our expertise

Supporting the growth and performance of our professional customers in industry, construction and the water sector.

DESCOURS & CABAUD is a distributor of high value-added products and services dedicated to the performance of its customers. It offers more than one million part numbers from leading manufacturers in their sector. DESCOURS & CABAUD’s ambitions are to select the best suppliers, to propose a wide, quality and innovative offer, to guarantee an optimal availability, to support its customers in their activity, to advise them and to guide them towards the most suitable solutions. As a multi-specialist partner, our Group engages on a daily basis with the industrial, building, water and landscape sectors to seek out, the most effective sources of productivity and efficiency with them.

Working with more than 200 sectors

Industries in all sectors

All sectors of industry are experiencing a major revolution as smart machines continue to gain traction. The combination of sensors, PLCs, the cloud, data analytics and smart algorithms are tearing up the rule book on industrial models. DEXIS stays one step ahead of all the technological developments sweeping industry in order to anticipate changes towards increasingly interactive and intelligent industrial facilities, while detecting disruptive innovations and delivering products and services that are capable of accelerating asset performance and improving the productivity and predictivity of industrial maintenance.

Carcass work and finishing work

The construction sector is undergoing major changes, including the emergence of new technical, legal and environmental standards, as well as the rise of connected objects and smart buildings. These opportunities and constraints require our trade customers to adapt and generate more value from their expertise. PROLIANS supports its customers by sharing its technical expertise and offering them innovative solutions that can boost their professional performance.

Local authorities

Providing access for all to roads, public spaces and establishments open to the public, reducing the carbon footprint of the regions, improving the thermal performance of buildings, developing multimodal mobility services, maintaining public facilities and infrastructures, optimising water and green space management are amongst the numerous challenges facing local authorities that are commensurate with current societal and environmental issues. With almost 300 local sales outlets in France, PROLIANS supports local authorities in the maintenance of their infrastructures and the implementation of their CSR projects, with a wide and available ranges proposed by expert consultants who know the needs and expectations of administrations and local authorities and know how to meet them.

The water and landscape sectors

The water and landscape sectors are on a steady upward curve. In the face of fast-changing regulations, the sector is adapting and professionals are quickly gaining expertise and widening their field of action. We support them in this upskilling process by proposing solutions that efficiently meet the demands of their sectors and seize new market opportunities.

Key accounts

The upstream organisation of a construction site or production line is a decisive phase in of an efficient implementation. Efficient sourcing, suitable e-procurement tools and precise control are key factors of the optimisation of the purchasing processes of key accounts, in which their suppliers play an active role. This support is provided by people who listen to their customers, who are able to analyse their needs and offer them the best adapted product and service solutions, as well as personalised management and reporting tools. As a preferred contact for key accounts, the DESCOURS & CABAUD Group provides them with solutions to respond effectively to their need for a local presence, availability and productivity.

More about our key accounts policy


A broad, quality and innovative offer

As a genuine partner for our customers, we offer them the most comprehensive range of products and services on the market, built in partnership with a panel of over 1,000 suppliers, all selected for their ability to develop solutions that are both reliable and innovative.

Our broad ranges, offered in partnership with the leading French and global manufacturers, and the local stocks in our 730 outlets both help to serve our 450,000 trade customers with both standard or speciality products.

The most complete offering of products and services on the market

Steel products

Products for public works

Worksite equipment


Building hardware

Sanitary Heating Plumbing


Metal removal

Workshop equipment

Industrial supplies


The water and landscape sectors

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The industrial sectors

The building sector

The water and landscape sectors


A commitment to the REACH initiativ to prevent chemical risks

Within the framework of the European REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation Chemicals) regulation, which aims to prevent chemical risks, our Group works closely with its suppliers to ensure the safe manufacture and use of chemical substances. The aim of this approach is to protect the health and safety of users by providing clear and accessible information in Safety Data Sheets (SDS) that can be consulted online at www.quickfds.com.These SDSs enable users and customers to consult all the necessary information for the use of hazardous materials and products and the changes in their composition or in the recommendation for use.


Regulation 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, adopted on 18 December 2006, concerning the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals ( REACH), took effect on 1 June 2007.

As a Community regulation, REACH applies identically in each Member State, without any transposition laws. Its main objective is to improve levels of health and environmental protection, while strengthening competitive performance and innovation in the European Union.

Since the Directive came into effect, new obligations apply on a European scale to producers, importers, distributors and downstream users of substances, preparations or articles.
Our status as a “Distributor” required us to question our suppliers on their compliance with their obligations under the REACH regulation:

1. Pre-registration and registration
Our suppliers, and their subcontractors, comply with any pre-registration or registration obligations for substances covered by the REACH regulation. So far, we have not seen any evidence to the contrary regarding their compliance.

2. Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), and sustainability of supply
The REACH regulation provides for the identification of certain Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in a list of substances that are candidates for authorisation. This “candidate list” is published on the website of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and is subject to regular change:

> See the ECHA website: List of Candidate substances for authorization 

Consequently, provided that the 3 following conditions are met simultaneously:

  • Presence of the substance,
  • Intentional release of the substance,
  • and concentration > 0.1% of the product mass,

The sale of the product may be subject to the authorization by a commission.

In order to make sure that our customers have long-term supplies and to anticipate possible production stoppages, we regularly consult all our suppliers. To date, several suppliers have informed us of the presence of substances on the candidate list in some of their products:

> Download the list of articles with SVHC substances 

This list is updated according to the changes to the list of candidate substances and the information provided by our suppliers. You are invited to consult it regularly.

For further information, please write to: [email protected]