a growth story: by the numbers

Ecolab’s growth over the decades is reflected in key numbers. The following tables show the increase in sales, number of employees and number of patents since 1960, shortly after the company became public in 1957.

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Sales

Ecolab revenues have grown organically and through acquisition. Strong organic growth has been driven by ongoing investment in innovation, expansion into markets around the world, success in serving national and global customer accounts and the development of new end markets. The years since 2010 also have included major expansion through acquisition, including Nalco and Champion Technologies in 2011, 2013, respectively, and Laboratoires Anios in 2017.

Year Sales in Millions   Year Sales in Millions
 1960  $37    2007  $5,470
 1970  $118    2008  $6,138
 1980  $434    2009  $5,901
 1990  $1,048    2010  $6,090
 2000  $2,231    2011  $6,799
 2001  $2,321    2012  $11,839
2002  $3,404    2013  $13,253 
 2003  $3,762    2014  $14,281
2004  $4,185    2015  $13,545
2005  $4,535    2016  $13,153
2006  $4,896    2017  $13,838
       2018   

 

  1. Data prior to 1980 reported under a fiscal year ending June 30.
  2. Results are inclusive of published restatements.
employees

As Ecolab has grown, its global workforce has increased rapidly as it expanded globally and through new business development. Ecolab’s sales and service team has accounted for more half the company’s employee base through the years. Since 2010, the number of Ecolab employees has nearly doubled to more than 48,000, with a substantial part of the increase reflecting employees who joined the company through acquisitions.

 Year  Workforce Size
 1960  1,542
 1970  3,409
 1980  7,319
 1990  8,106
 2000  14,250
 2010  26,494
 2017  48,000
 2018  
patents received over time and currently Active

The number of patents received is one measure of the company’s progress in innovation. Over its history, Ecolab has received thousands of patents to protect its innovations. But over the course of time, patents expire or they may be sold, closed or abandoned, affecting the company’s total active patents. The numbers below show the cumulative number of patents Ecolab has held globally over the decades – and the number of active patents Ecolab has held each decade since 2000.

 Decade  Cumulative Patents  Active Patents
 1960  710
 1970  2,224
 1980  4,094
 1990  6,313
 2000  12,031  95
 2010  17,627  3,061
 2017  23,140  8,496

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