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Europe in Focus

As Europe's largest purchasing association in the industrial B2B industry we have been active in Europe for many years. In 2020 we achieved a trading volume of €1.6 billion with about 600 local partners (members and co-operation partners) in 26 different countries.

Understanding Markets:

Adapting concepts to local market circumstances: With the knowledge that every market is different, we develop tailor-made growth concepts with our partners. We consider country-specific differentiations as the basis for success. You find a listing of our international cooperations here.

Proximity to the Market:

Our own E/D/E representatives ensure proximity to the market and provide local support for our members and contract suppliers in the most important markets. As of December 9th, 2011 EDE International AG based in Zurich started its business activities as a wholly-owned E/D/E subsidiary. The company takes on responsibility for all commercial operations outside Germany, which were up to this date managed by E/D/E.



EDE International AG Hofwiesenstr. 3

8057 Zurich


Telephone: +41 44 3652800

Fax: +41 44 3653477

Email: Annegret.Franzen(at)ede-international.com


  • Outlook

    EDE International plans continuous growth for the next few years. This results from the organic growth of current members, the recruitment of new member companies and cooperations as well as the extension of central payment business in Europe. The international turnover is meant to increase step by step until the middle of this decade up to a share of 25 percent within the E/D/E group.

    The objectives of the entire E/D/E group remain firmly in focus within the scope of the corporate strategy CHALLENGE 2020. The wholly-owned subsidiary of E/D/E makes a decisive contribution to this. If all measures of the corporate strategy are completed successfully, a trading volume of ten billion euros will be achieved in 2020 together with the members and contract suppliers. The European activities outside of Germany shall contribute 2.2 billion euros to this.


  • Services

    We offer the following services on an international level:

    • Sales concepts
    • Range management
    • Trademarks
    • Central regulation
    • European logistics
    • Marketing support including catalogues in seven languages
    • E-Business
    • Data management
  • International Structure

    Our approx. 600 European partners are supported and looked after centrally by qualified specialists in several different languages. Our European partners come from 26 countries.

    Countries with local E/D/E activities:


  • Cooperations and Joint Ventures

    Subsidiary DELCREDIT España S.A. DELCREDIT España S.A. is located in Madrid and was founded on September 14th, 2012. Shareholders are E/D/E (71 percent) and CECOFERSA (29 percent). You find more information under: www.delcredit.es

    CDU - Consorzio Distributori Utensili Srl. Since 1999, there has been a cooperation between the major Italian purchasing association CDU - Consorzio Distributori Utensili Srl. in the sector of industrial supplies (focus on tools and chipping) and the affiliated specialised traders in Italy. You find more information under: www.cdu.net

    CECOFERSA S.A. Since 2000, there has been a cooperation with the major Spanish purchasing association CECOFERSA S.A. in the field of tools for professional specialist traders in Spain. In 2012 EDE International absorbed 25 percent of the partner company within the framework of a general capital increase. You find more information under: www.cecofersa.com

    ASIDE - Agrupación de Suministros Industriales de España S.L. In 2013, EDE International started a cooperation with ASIDE, one of Spain's most successful purchasing association with 36 affiliated dealers. ASIDE 's dealers focus mainly on the supply of industrial products. You find more information under: www.aside.es

    Ferney Group BV Since 2001, there has been a cooperation with the major Dutch association Ferney Group in the sector of structural fittings, tools and ironware for professional traders in the Netherlands and Belgium. You find more information under: www.ferney.nl

    ZEEV AG Since 2001, there has been a cooperation with the traditional Swiss trading cooperation ZEEV in the field of tools, industrial safety, fixing systems, garden technology and many other product sectors. Subsidiary ZEDEV AG In 2010, ZEEV AG and E/D/E founded ZEDEV AG together – the new force in Swiss specialised trade. ZEDEV AG is a complete service organisation with central purchasing department, trademarks, marketing and data management for the Swiss market. You find more information under: www.zedev.ch. e+h Services AG An important milestone of the year 2015 was the strategic investment in the Swiss purchasing association e + h Services AG. The e + h Services AG is the leading Swiss distributor of branded products for households, gifts, tools, garden furniture and garden technology. You find more information under: www.eh-services.ch. EBH AG Foundation of EURO Baubeschlag-Handel AG, EBH, at the end of 2001 with members throughout the whole of Europe. You find more information under: www.ebh-ag.de

    GEWEMA AG Foundation of GEWEMA AG in the field of stationary woodworking at the end of 2002 with members in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands.

    You find more information under: www.gewema.de

    VGH International GmbH Since 2004, there has been a cooperation with the VGH (association for wholesalers of HVACR systems) with mutual members in Germany, the Benelux States, Denmark, Poland and Romania.

    You find more information under: www.vgh-online.de


  • Vision

    Internationalisation and concentration tendencies both by manufacturers and customers change the expectations in a purchasing and marketing association.

    Subjects such as:

    • Sales concepts
    • Trademarks
    • Logistical solutions
    • Electronic data management
    • E-Commerce

    are becoming more and more important. In this regard, we want to offer solutions that are adjusted to national market requirements. We want to be the essential link to our local and international contracted suppliers for our European members.