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2017

  • GROUPE

LACROIX is going “multi-continental” by acquiring a stake in the electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider FIRSTRONIC LLC, based in Michigan.

2016

  • LACROIX City

Acquisition of Neavia Technologies, pioneer in the field of V2X solutions (connected vehicles).

2015

  • LACROIX Group

LACROIX acquires DSTA, the Spanish leader in dynamic road signaling and SOGEXI, one of the French leaders in electrical junction devices for lighting sources.

LACROIX creates LACROIX City, an international brand encompassing its activities related to city and roads. LACROIX City covers the business units LACROIX Signalisation (dedicated to static road signs and street furniture), LACROIX Traffic (expert in dynamic signage, including DSTA) and LACROIX Sogexi (expert in public lighting).

LACROIX City thus stands as a key business area in the LACROIX Group, on the same basis as LACROIX Electronics and LACROIX Sofrel.

  • LACROIX City

LACROIX City and the HELIOS Group, leading French independent player in road marking, conclude a strategic partnership allowing to create a complementary offering for the overall management of horizontal and vertical signage.

2014

  • ELECTRONICS

Joint venture created with AUSY, international Consulting & Engineering Group specialized in high-technologies.

LACROIX Electronics ranked in the top 10 of European EMS with a revenue over €220M and 3000 employees.

  • TELEMETRY

Revenue of the division doubled in 10 years, exceeding €30M.

2013

  • GROUP

New Managing Directors appointed at Corporate level and Division level to support future development.

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS 

Broader footprint in Africa through new facilities in Cameroon and Gabon. 

2012

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

Agency set up in the Emirates (Abu Dhabi) and in New Caledonia.

2011

  • ELECTRONICS 

Takeover of T.E.S. design centers (Bruz, Quimper and Fontaine), thus allowing a design capacity of 100 engineers.

ISO 13485 certification (medical).

New name for the division: LACROIX Electronique becomes LACROIX Electronics.

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

Reinforcement of the industrial capacity in Carros: expansion of the facilities by 1800 sq.m. and acquisition of supplier Berkeley Packaging.

2010

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications (environment).

2009

  • STRAFFIC SIGNS

Launching of www.signaclic.com : website offering road signs online.

LACROIX is leader in the road signs business with 25% market share in France.

2008

  • ELECTRONICS

Acquisition of the company PrehTronics GmbH in Willich (Germany) and of the R&D Center Tharsys in Toulouse.

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

An additional 1500 sq.m. built in St-Herblain to support the growing business.

2007

  • ELECTRONICS

EN 9100 certification (aerospace).

  • TELEMETRY

ISO 9001 certification for LACROIX Softec (Italy).

 

2006

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

A new offering in street furniture is introduced.

  • TELEMETRY

A new offering in remote data reading is introduced.

2005

  • GROUP

Capital increased by €16M through market-based financing, thus increasing the free float from 15 to 30%. 

  • ELECTRONICS

Setting up of a manufacturing unit in Tunisia.

  • TELEMETRY

Acquisition of SOFTEC SYSTEMS in Italy which becomes LACROIX Softec.

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

Service offering developing through the Kangourou subsidiaries' network.

 

2004

  • ELECTRONICS

ISO/TS 16949 (automotive) and ISO 14001 (environment) certifications.

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

Centralization of industrial operations in the St-Herblain site which undergoes an expansion by  5000 sq.m.

2003

  • ELECTRONICS

In France, centralization of industrial operations in St-Pierre-Montlimart.

2001

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

Installation of an ERP.

2000

  • ELECTRONICS

QS 9000 certification (automotive).

1999

  • TELEMETRY

Sofrel sets up operations in Spain (Sofrel España).

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

End of the subsidiaries under the co-ownership of LACROIX and Signaux GIROD. Each subsidiary is now owned by one single shareholder.

1998

  • GROUP

Move to a Supervisory Board / Executive Board Governance system.

  • TELEMETRY

Start of the HVAC business.

1997

  • ELECTRONICS

LACROIX Electronics sets up a facility in Poland.

1995

  • ELECTRONICS

ISO 9001 certification.

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

Dynamic signaling offering expanded through the acquisition of EVR's traffic lights business by LACROIX Technologie.

1992

  • GROUP

Acquisition of the Telemetry business.

Listing on the second market through transfer of 15% capital.

The Group is structured into 3 divisions : Electronics, Telemetry and Traffic Signs.

  • ELECTRONICS

ISO 9002 certification.

1991

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

Start of the dynamic signaling business through the acquisition of all shares from EMC2 and LACROIX Technologie.

1990

  • GROUP

Majority equity ownership by Jean-Paul BEDOUIN through the acquisition of equities from majority shareholders.

Acquisition of the Electronics division.

  • ELECTRONICS

Acquisition of SOFREL Electronique Service.

  • TELEMETRY

Divestiture of SOFREL Sécurité.

SOFREL Télégestion becomes SOFREL Telecontrol.

1989

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

Acquisition of NORTE, subsidiary in the traffic signs business in Spain.

1988

  • ELECTRONICS

Takeover of the Thomson plant in St-Pierre-Montlimart.

1985

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

LACROIX is standing for 20% of the French traffic signs market. It covers the whole French territory thanks to subsidiaries in shared ownership with Signaux Girod.

An agency is set up in La Réunion Island.

1980

  • TELEMETRY

Conversion of the Telemetry division into subsidiaries: SOFREL Télégestion (water) and SOFREL Sécurité (alarm systems).

1976

  • TELEMETRY

Creation of the Telemetry department by adding the Water Networks business to the Alarm Systems business.
 

1975

  • ELECTRONICS

Creation of the Alarm Systems Department

1974

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

Move to St-Herblain where 7000 sq.m. workshops are built. The company employs 70 people and has a revenue of FRF 5 M.

Between 1974 and 1985, progressive expansion over the domestic territory through the creation of agencies and the acquisition of local players, with Signaux Girod.

1972

  • GROUP

Jean-Paul BEDOUIN is appointed CEO of LACROIX.

1971

  • ELECTRONICS

Creation of the company Sofrel Electronique Service specialized in Electronics Manufacturing Services, in Vern-sur-Seiche (Rennes).

1967

  • GROUP

Arrival of Jean-Paul BEDOUIN as Deputy General Manager.

1961

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

The Traffic Signs business is growing. The SCMR sets up its resellers network all over France.

1948

  • TRAFFIC SIGNS

The company LACROIX, founded by Mr Lacroix, is acquired by a group of shareholders. The company remains a trading company and the SCMR starts a business of road work signaling.

1945

  • GROUP

Creation by Mr Lacroix of a second company, the SCMR (Société de Construction de Matériel Routier).

1936

  • GROUP

In Nantes, creation by Mr Lacroix of a trading company specialized in the reselling of equipment to Public Works and Roads companies.