Europe Computer Systèmes

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Europe Computer Systèmes / Econocom

legal form Société anonyme (France)
founding 1974
Seat Nanterre
management Jean-Louis Bouchard President
Number of employees 3,700 group-wide (2011)
sales 1.021 billion euros (according to IFRS)
Branch Leasing, IT services

The Europe Computer Systèmes SA (short: ECS ) has been operating since May 2011 under Econocom France SA is a subsidiary of the Econocom Group, which is listed on the Euro list of Euro Next in Brussels since 1986th With 3,700 employees in 17 countries, the Econocom Group looks after over 20,000 customers. Customers include both corporations and medium-sized companies.


In 1974 Jean-Louis Bouchard and Patrick Gabet founded ECS, the first French IT brokerage company, and traded in used IBM mainframes. In 1975 the company had sales of 7.3 million francs (1.1 million euros) and five employees. In 1979 ECS developed its first leasing offers, in 1982 the ECS leasing portfolio comprised 12% of the entire IBM market in France. In 1984 the ECS Group became a subsidiary of Société Générale.

1985–86 was the IPO and the establishment of branches in Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, USA and Japan. In 1986 the German subsidiary ECS International Deutschland GmbH was founded. In 1990, ECS was the European market leader with a turnover of 10.9 billion francs (around 1.66 billion euros) and had previously been the French market leader in manufacturer-independent IT leasing since 1984. In 1991 IT hardware prices fell sharply and ECS was in the red. In 1995 Jacques Sorrel became the new CEO. He initiated a restructuring of the company, which entails the sale of various business units.

In 1996, following a public buyback offer by Société Générale , the company was delisted and the Japanese branch was sold. Between 1997 and 2001, ECS established offices in Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Poland and Luxembourg. ECS also bought back Allium's midrange maintenance business. From 1998 ECS had a positive net operating result again. From 2004, ECS increasingly focused on acquisitions and acquired Parsys (leasing competitor in Spain) in 2004, Telci (PC installation and service in France) in 2005 and Technoservice Solutions AG in Germany (high availability and maintenance services) in 2006. In 2007, the expansion of activities in Eastern Europe, North Africa and Asia began. ECS opened offices in Romania, Morocco and China.

On October 28, 2010, Société Générale sold ECS to the Belgian ICT company Econocom, which was founded in 1982 by Jean-Louis Bouchard. In the course of the integration of the ECS Group into the Econocom Group, the company names were changed. Europe Computer Systèmes SA was renamed Econocom France SA. In Germany, in May 2011, ECS International Deutschland GmbH was renamed Econocom Deutschland GmbH and ECS Technoservice Solutions AG was renamed Econocom Managed Services AG.

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