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1920
Company founded
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Creation

Société Anonyme des Matériaux du Sud-Est (S.A.M.S.E.), a subsidiary of the Vicat cement works in Grenoble, is founded in the Isère département.

1925
Stock market flotation
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Samse is floated on the stock market
1949
Purchase
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Purchase

Samse becomes an independent company. It is bought by the descendants of Joseph Jehl (Managing Director of Vicat from 1945 to 1952), who include the Joppé family. Bernard Joppé is appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Senior management duo: Patrice Joppé and Paul Bériot.

1970
Senior management tandem: Patrice Joppé, Paul Bériot.
1970
1970
1974
La Boîte à Outils
La Boîte à Outils
La Boîte à Outils

The first DIY store, La Boîte à Outils, is opened in Isère. The Samse Group diversifies its business, opening up to the general public.

1986
ODDOS
ODDOS
ODDOS

Samse buys the timber specialist ODDOS.

1988
amse is taken over by a management buyout.
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SAMSE

Samse is taken over by a management buyout (MBO). The Dumont Investissement holding company is set up, with the management as majority shareholders.
 

Christaud

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Samse buys the civil engineering and water supply company Christaud, today specialising in drinking water conveyancing

1991
Célestin
Célestin
Célestin

Samse buys the civil engineering specialist Célestin.

1992
Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with Simc
SIMC
SIMC
1996
L'Entrepôt du Bricolage
L'Entrepôt du Bricolage
L'Entrepôt du Bricolage

A new-concept DIY store is created: L'Entrepôt du Bricolage.

1998
Mauris
Mauris
Mauris

Samse buys the Haute-Savoie-based timber specialist Mauris.

1999
Remat
Remat
Remat

Samse buys the Rhône-Alpes-based specialist joinery company.

2003
Doras
Doras
Doras

Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with the Doras group, a construction materials merchant based in Burgundy and Franche-Comté.

 

BTP Distribution

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Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with BTP Distribution, a civil engineering and water conveyancing specialist and timber merchant in the Grand Est region.
 

Des IDées

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A new interior decoration company is set up: Des IDées. It is closed down in 2016.

2005
Blanc Matériaux
Blanc Matériaux
Blanc Matériaux

Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with the Hautes-Alpes-based materials merchant Blanc Matériaux.

2006
Henry Timber
Henry Timber and Les Comptoirs du Bois
Henry Timber and Les Comptoirs du Bois

Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with the Isère-based Henry Timber group, France's second biggest timber merchant, and with its subsidiary Les Comptoirs du Bois.

2007
Senior management duo: Olivier Malfait and François Bériot
Groupe Samse
Groupe Samse

New registered office in Grenoble.

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The Group develops its Timber Construction offer.

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A new company, Bourg Matériaux, is set up.

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In St Denis-les-Bourgs, Samse and Plattard set up a complete materials distribution centre catering for four specialities: civil engineering, timber, tiling and building materials.

 

A new company, CAREO, is set up

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Tiling specialist in the territories of Doras, Samse and, later, M+ Matériaux.

2008
M+ Matériaux
M+ Matériaux
M+ Matériaux

Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with M+ Matériaux, a construction materials merchant based in the south of France.

 

Didier Matériaux

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Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with the Drôme-based materials multi-specialist Didier Matériaux

2008
Leader Carrelages
Leader Carrelages
Leader Carrelages

Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with the Savoie-based tiling specialist Leader Carrelages. It goes on to acquire a majority stake in the company in 2015.

2009
Plattard Négoce
Plattard Négoce
Plattard Négoce

Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with the Plattard group, a specialist construction and industrial materials merchant whose head office is in Villefranche-sur-Saône.

2010
Sweetair
Sweetair
Sweetair

Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with renewable-energy specialist Sweetair.

2011
GamaG
GamagG
GamaG

Samse agrees a closer cooperation deal with GamaG, a materials merchant in the Gard département, which has since become a Samse region.

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Partnership agreement between La Boîte à Outils and Mr Bricolage.

2012
Change in M+ Matériaux's scope
M+  REH
M+ REH

M+ Matériaux opens France's first Réseau Énergie Habitat branch.

M+ Matériaux steps up its presence in the Aude département by acquiring two Les Établissements Lignières branches.

2013
Vaudrey
Vaudrey

Christaud acquires the Reims-based company Vaudrey, a water metrology, metering and conveyancing company.

2014
Codiplast
Codiplast
Codiplast

Célestin acquires the civil engineering specialist Codiplast. Today, its sales outlets are part of the Célestin South network.

 

CRH

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Samse signs a deal to work more closely with CRH France Distribution, the French subsidiary of the Irish group CRH plc, which is set to become a majority shareholder by 2020.

2016
Armand Bois
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Armand bois

Samse steps up its presence in the timber industry by buying Armand Bois.

 

Socobois

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Doras acquires the Aude-based timber specialist Socobois.

 

Rfseau

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Christaud, the Group's oldest brand - specialised in potable water adduction - is 250 years-old and creates the Réseau Français des Spécialistes de l'EAU.

 

2017
Billmat
Billmat
Billmat

Christaud buys a stake in the capital of Billmat, a company specialising in drinking water conveyancing and drainage (with or without trenches).

 

Forez Mat

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Forez Mat joins the Samse Group, thus reinforcing its presence with four additional agencies in both Loire and Haute-Loire regions.

 

2018
Maurice Bois
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Maurice Bois

New logo to federate the wood trading specialists : Oddos, Mauris, Armand, Les Comptoirs du Bois.

 

L'Entrepôt du Bricolage

Creation of a unique commercial sign for both DIY stores; La Boite à Outils and l'Entrepôt du Bricolage.

 

MPPI

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Creation of the MPPI sign.

2019
Le Comptoir du TP
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Le Comptoir du TP

Le Comptoir du TP joins the Samse Group.