The European division of SCP/ POOLCORP has confirmed the handover of managerial reins from Sylvia Monfort, SCP European General Manager for 20 years, to Jean-Louis Albouy.
Poolcorp is the world leader in the distribution of equipment for the construction, renovation and maintenance of swimming pools, spas, and saunas to swimming pool professionals with 17 distribution agencies in Europe, 400 staff and a combined turnover in Europe of €184m. The company has underlined its objective to maintain its position as a ‘pure player’ approach by pursuing the 100% B2B distributor model in a European market that sometimes lacks clarity in its positioning, the company says.
In a joint statement the pair confirmed: “The way SCP operate will continue, particularly with the continuation of our purchasing policy, our strong partnerships with the major manufacturers and leading brands, as well as the professionalism of the same teams that have been working within the company for many years. In 1998, with a turnover of €1.8 million, the purchase of Norcal in the UK, has been pivotal in triggering the company’s success with growth of nearly €35 million in the year 2020 alone. The company has confirmed it will continue to lookout for any buy-out opportunities that may arise in Europe to offer an even more extensive range of products and services adapted to the needs of a rapidly expanding market.
On a consolidated basis, Jean-Louis, whose own career within the company began in 1999, will continue with the same dynamic; validating internal and external growth, while completing the next stages of construction. The development and implementation of a new global Enterprise Resource Planning platform and high-performance digital tools will intensify in France and then in Europe after the start of operations in the United States this quarter. In the statement SCP Europe confirms: “The opening of new branches and acquisitions remain on the agenda, as well as the increase in storage capacity — a tripling of surface areas is planned. “A new impetus will be given through major investments planned over the next three years with the aim of increasing productivity and speed in order to move up a gear,” it continued. “SCP’s ambition in France, Europe and the world will continue to be to anticipate and participate in the evolution of the market and to help its professional customers develop by faithfully meeting their demands and expectations.”