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CENTAURE is a French manufacturer of access equipment and work at height, the specialist in aluminium ladders, stepladders, scaffolding and working platforms.

CENTAURE CDH Group

The specialist in access and work at height

Established in Normandy for some decades, the brand has been thriving on the French market, in Europe and the Middle East through Building Stores, Industrial Suppliers and DIY stores.

Centaure is a company relying on men and women all looking into the same direction to reach one goal: design and manufacture safe products meeting the users’ needs, should they be professionals or private users.

Each product leaving the Centaure factories has been manufactured with constantly improving production means adapted to the market’s evolution. The brand is particularly focused on innovation and pays special attention to the respect and sometimes anticipation of safety standards.

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 Centaure, a brand within CDH GROUP

CDH GROUP, this means 3 brands : Centaure, Duarib and Haemmerlin, each of them an expert on its market: access, work at height and handling equipment.

Three referring brands in their own fields, complementary und united around a common ambition: always higher, always safer.

Extremely demanding and offering a highly reliable service, Centaure, Duarib and Haemmerlin are acknowledged brands thanks to their high-quality products, their durability and their high security process. Always rooted in dynamic and progress, CDH Group is proud to perpetuate an expertise inherited from its founders, at the service of innovation, customers’ support and constantly evolving users’ needs.

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CDH GROUP is owned by WernerCo world leader on its market

Since 2016, CDH Group has been owned by the group WernerCo,, major actor in the world of height access, work at height and construction equipment.

As the market leader in the US, WernerCo has been extending its worldwide presence during the past ten years through the acquisition of akin brands and companies in Europe and enjoys a regular annual growth.

By joining WernerCo, CDH Group is strengthening its worldwide presence and becoming the base of the Group in Continental Europe, while remaining faithful to its core values and qualities. The group is capitalising on new opportunities, exploring new markets and continuing its strategic efforts to provide its customers all over the world with a constantly enhanced range of innovative products.

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A few figures

1936
Creation of Centaure by Léon Gubri
125
Employees
700
References
700000
Items produced in 1 year

The story of Centaure

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  • 1936 Léon GUBRI, boundless inventor

    1936 Léon GUBRI, boundless inventor

  • 1950 Birth of a brand

    1950 Birth of a brand

    In 1950 starts the production of aluminium ladders, totally hand manufactured. The necessity to automate this production soon becomes an evidence to Léon Gubri who works on a project of mechanised assembly process.
  • 1962-1970: success and reorganisation

    1962-1970: success and reorganisation

    Success has shown up and soon the factories cannot face this growing demand. In the early 60’, Léon Gubri decides to reorganise his company. He divides it into 3 entities and moves all his workshops to Romilly-sur-Andelle.
  • 1980-1990 the decade of change and opening

    1980-1990 the decade of change and opening

    1984 is marked by a great change in Centaure’ s history: Léon Gubri passes on the lead to his son, Michel, who will manage the company for 5 years. This is a period of full growth due to a promising market.
  • 2000 the development of new strategies

    2000 the development of new strategies

    In 2000 Christophe Vinsonneau and Patrick Wuillai acquire the company and start building new development strategies focused on quality, innovation and international expansion.
  • 2011 birth of a group

    2011 birth of a group

    The collaboration between the brands Centaure, Duarib and Haemmerlin takes a new dimension when they merge in 2011 into a group. The three French manufacturers put their significant industrial heritage and their strong values together to rally all under the same banner, CDH Group. Under this name prevails the will to join forces while protecting each brand’s territory and identity.
  • 2016 CDH Group builds its future

    2016 CDH Group builds its future

    In March 2016, CDH Group decides to lean on WernerCo, the world leader of height access and construction materials, and becomes consequently the base of the Group in Continental Europe, while conserving its DNA: its History, its Brands, its Values, its Men and Women its know-how and specificities which have contributed to its success.

History

1936 Léon GUBRI, boundless inventor

1950 Birth of a brand

In 1950 starts the production of aluminium ladders, totally hand manufactured. The necessity to automate this production soon becomes an evidence to Léon Gubri who works on a project of mechanised assembly process.

1962-1970: success and reorganisation

Success has shown up and soon the factories cannot face this growing demand. In the early 60’, Léon Gubri decides to reorganise his company. He divides it into 3 entities and moves all his workshops to Romilly-sur-Andelle.

1980-1990 the decade of change and opening

1984 is marked by a great change in Centaure’ s history: Léon Gubri passes on the lead to his son, Michel, who will manage the company for 5 years. This is a period of full growth due to a promising market.

2000 the development of new strategies

In 2000 Christophe Vinsonneau and Patrick Wuillai acquire the company and start building new development strategies focused on quality, innovation and international expansion.

2011 birth of a group

The collaboration between the brands Centaure, Duarib and Haemmerlin takes a new dimension when they merge in 2011 into a group. The three French manufacturers put their significant industrial heritage and their strong values together to rally all under the same banner, CDH Group.
Under this name prevails the will to join forces while protecting each brand’s territory and identity.

2016 CDH Group builds its future

In March 2016, CDH Group decides to lean on WernerCo, the world leader of height access and construction materials, and becomes consequently the base of the Group in Continental Europe, while conserving its DNA: its History, its Brands, its Values, its Men and Women its know-how and specificities which have contributed to its success.

Our values

INNOVATION

We believe that innovation and continuous improvement build our future.

Innovation is our key advantage which makes the real difference with our competitors. We conceive original ideas in order to keep on enhancing our products, our manufacturing processes and our departments.

INTEGRITY

We act with integrity. We respect everyone’s integrity and always act according to this rule.

CUSTOMER ORIENTED

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND OF THE COMMUNITIES WE LIVE IN

Our customers’ lives depend on the quality of our products and/or brands. For that reason, excellence and responsibility are our top priorities in each decision we make.

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