A set course, key dates, a growth curve
Sotralu Group has its origins in Sotralu, European leader in the design and manufacture of accessories for sliding aluminium doors and windows. Founded in 1978 in Toulouse, a mere stone’s throw from the plants where Concorde and the Airbus were designed and assembled, Sotralu quickly forged a reputation for reliability and strict standards thanks to the quality of its products. In 2007, Thierry Sainte-Claire Deville took over the lead of the business, he is a former officer in the French Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet who went on to become CEO of one of France’s first digital marketing agencies, the company soon adopted a new outlook on growth, focusing broadly on international markets. Expanding its markets to include the main European countries and then into the Middle East, India and China, Sotralu built up a widely recognised leadership in its field. That leadership is constantly being reinforced thanks to an external growth strategy that is providing the construction sector with an ever more comprehensive integrated product offering.
The first outlines of the Sotralu Group emerged in 2012, with the acquisition of Italian manufacturer Erreti, a counterpart to Sotralu manufacturing fittings for casement windows, inward opening windows, tilt & turn windows, etc. The creation of the Sotralu Group was formalised in 2018 with the acquisition of Portuguese group GNS, renowned more specifically for its expertise in door locks. This strategy of considered, controlled external growth is now leading the Group to examine and follow up on a number of other opportunities.