The Group
About us

Creator of solutions incorporating pyrotechnics

As a global benchmark in the field of pyrotechnics, the Etienne Lacroix Group delivers comprehensive solutions in 5 strategic areas: defense, security, logistics, industry and events.
With more than 850 employees and sales of €139m, the group is an internationally highflyer in pyrotechnics, building industrial and commercial relationships with the world's leading prime contractors and operators, while offering responsive local services.

On the global stage

Every Etienne Lacroix Group business operates internationally, either through local operations or through cooperative ventures and partnerships.
In 2022, the Group exhibited at 18 international trade fairs to promote its products, solutions and services and develop its relationships with various prospects and customers.
By developing and marketing products tuned to our international customers, we are now able to generate export sales of €66m, or almost 50% of total sales.

Unique expertise backed by cutting-edge innovation

The Group prides itself on constantly renewing and expanding its products and services to provide its customers with the most innovative and reliable solutions. The Group values not only its technical expertise, but also its ability to operate as close to the field as possible, tailoring its solutions to its customers and partners.
The Research and Development departments employ over 130 people and benefit from major investments that underpin the Group's strategy of differentiation, based on innovation and technological leadership.
The Group alone has registered almost 600 patents since it was founded, including around 80 active patents to date.

An essential safety measure

Etienne Lacroix Group considers safety to be an essential value in the conduct of its operations. The «Commitment to Excellence in Safety» and then «MASE» initiatives implemented over the last few years have rallied our teams around this fundamental value.
Safety is a core concern for us and this culture is disseminated at all levels of the company. The Lacroix Academy provides training and awarenessraising for all employees so that they can identify and control risks by reacting immediately and appropriately.

A stable shareholder base for 175 years

Etienne Lacroix Group, which was founded 175 years ago and is 100% family-owned, is run by the descendants of the founder: Etienne Barès, Chairman of the holding company, Jean-Jacques Barès, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Marie Barès-Girodot, Chief Operating Officer.
The Group is governed by a long-term approach to profitable growth.

An ambition

To be the preferred partner in our markets, offering a tailor-made service, and inventing and supplying ever more advanced and effective products and solutions to help make the world a better, safer place.

Remain an independent, family-run group, combining a strong local footprint with the capacity to deliver the most effective, innovative solutions on an international scale.