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The Group and its history

The Etienne Lacroix Group has an exceptional heritage of over 160 years. Through the centuries, the company has evolved and grown itself step by step.


    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique
  • 1848
  • Etienne Lacroix married Guillaumette Clerc in Toulouse and founded his company, Lacroix. The family company manufactured fireworks and employed thirty.
    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique - Roger Bares
  • 1945
  • Roger Barès diversified into national defense products.
    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique - Dagaie
  • 1953
  • A design office was set up to develop its own proprietary products, notably pyrotechnic decoys.
    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique - MPM
  • 1960
  • Acquisition of Moulages Plastiques du Midi (MPM) specialized in thermoplastic injection molding.
    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique - Avalancheur
  • 1993
  • Establishment of Pyrotechnologies to develop and commercialize pyrotechnic applications to manufacturers.
    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique - Ruggieri
  • 1997
  • With the acquisition of Ruggieri, the pyrotechnic company became the European leader in firework shows.
    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique - SNPE
  • 1999
  • Acquisition of the countermeasures division of the "Société Nationale des Poudres et Explosifs", a public-sector manufacturer of powders and explosives, for civil and military applications.
    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique - Alsetex
  • 2006
  • Acquisition of ALSETEX specialized in law enforcement products and products specific to the petroleum, chemical and industrial sectors.
    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique - Etienne Lacroix Logistics
  • 2010
  • Establishment of the Etienne Lacroix Logistics division for hazardous materials transport.
    Etienne Lacroix Group - L'historique - Zaragozana
  • 2014
  • Majority stake acquired in CIRRA.
  • Acquisition of Pirotecnia Zaragozana.