A wholly French company, ENO has been designing and manufacturing cooking appliances since 1909.
Owned by the Haineaux family until the 1980s, the businessenjoyed continuous growth, expanding into the home electricals sector in both France and abroad.
At its peak in 1980, the company had 600 employees, 2 manufacturing facilities, exported to over 25 countries and was even awarded an exports Oscar.
As theundisputed leader in portable gas heating and compact cooking equipment, the brand was hit head on by the oil crisis, consecutively losing strategic export markets (Iraq, Algeria…).
Over a 10-year period, several shareholders appeared and disappeared without really managing to give the company a new viable strategy, and in 1990, ENO went bankrupt.
Although operations continued after the company was taken over by Financière du Louvre(Taittinger Group), the massive damage that had been inflicted was more than enough to dissuade a large number of customers.
Three years later, the company changed hands again, acquired this time by C deLAPEYRIERE, a former Rosières executivewith a handful of young managers and the financial backing of la Macif. The ensuing period of stability gave the firm the chance to refocus its know-how on niche markets.
In this way, ENO has developed into the world’s leading cooking equipment manufacturer for the sailing and leisuresector.
Upon his retirement in 2003, C de Lapeyrière handed over the business to 2 entrepreneurs who decided to introduce a new strategy of innovation and modernization aimed at enhancing the value of ENO’s savoir-faire and boosting its financial results.