The Group


Over two centuries of total professionalism

Founded in 1782, the DESCOURS & CABAUD Group has become a byword for reliability over the years as a leader in the distribution of professional supplies to the industrial and construction sectors.

Our Group is the market leader in France and a major player in Europe, and also has a presence in North America. It is recognised for its ability to build a lasting partnership with its customers by helping them achieve continual gains in productivity, performance and innovation.

There can be no value creation without entrepreneurial freedom

The independent, family-owned group of DESCOURS & CABAUD is imbued by the winning spirit of its founders, passed down from generation to generation. This entrepreneurial vision has shaped our history and continues to guide our company, which is firmly convinced that there can be no value creation without entrepreneurial freedom.

Since the beginning, it is this entrepreneurial freedom that has allowed us to anticipate major changes in the market, to adapt and to offer our customers the solutions of tomorrow’s world.

Committed to serving our customers’ growth

DESCOURS & CABAUD is positioned as a multispecialist partner and a distributor of high value-added products and services dedicated to the growth of its customers.

The relationship we have maintained with our customers for over two centuries is based on 5 commitments that underpin our performance and earn their trust over time :

The human and geographical proximity of our sales teams

Competitiveness and breadth of offer thanks to our purchasing power

Reliable product availability thanks to a powerful logistics structure

The technical excellence of our experts

Developing high-performance solutions and services that facilitate and simplify the operational activities of our business customers

DESCOURS & CABAUD is thus able to offer its 450,000 customers the widest range of products and services on the market every day.



One guiding principle, three values

Our guiding principle is our entrepreneurial freedom. We believe that the best way to advance is by working together as a united group, by placing our trust in the men and women who form our team, and by giving priority to action.

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The complex and competitive environment in which we operate requires strong cohesion and an unfailing team spirit to serve our customers. This cohesion is underpinned by mobilisation of the energy and talents of each individual around:

  • A shared ambition
  • A continuous collaboration between teams
  • A respect for the decisions and undertakings of stakeholders
  • A solidarity in success as in adversity


There can be no unity without trust, nor trust without transparency:

  • Transparency, as the objectives and the roadmap at all levels of the company.
  • Transparency in action: say what you do, do what you say
  • Transparency in results, with the ability to learn from successes and failures.


A group that demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit is a group that offers considerable freedom of action.

That is why we give every opportunity to men and women who dare to question themselves, challenge the status quo and turn a constraint into an opportunity.

We encourage them to take the initiative and experiment while accepting the right to make mistakes, which is inherent to any action.

Finally, we encourage openness towards the outside world and the exploration of new territories so as to more effectively reinvent ourselves and adapt.


4.9 billion euros
Turnover in 2023
Points of sale
14 900
1 100
Registered suppliers
1 million +
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450 000