CWS acquires Irish cleanroom cleaning expert

Published: 1-Sep-2021

The german based services group has acquired Specialised Sterile Environments Limited (SSE Cleaning)

CWS International GmbH, the German based services group has acquired Specialised Sterile Environments Ltd. (SSE), an Irish company specialised in Cleanroom cleaning, decontamination and hygiene services to the Irish Pharma and Medtech industry.

This further expands CWS’s international portfolio in cleaning and decontamination services in the highly specialised cleanroom segment and contributes to the company’s sustainable growth strategy.

SSE Cleaning has been sold by its former owner and founder Mary Connell. The deal was closed on 31st August 2021 for an undisclosed sum.

"CWS Cleanrooms is part of the €1.3 billion CWS Group and is Europe's foremost providers of complete cleanroom solutions. With the acquisition of Specialised Sterile Environments Ltd., we are expanding our offering in Ireland. As of today, we are able to offer cleanroom cleaning to our Irish customers and become a more integrated service provider for Cleanroom operations", Markus Schad, Regional Managing Director Cleanrooms & Healthcare at CWS, states regarding the deal.

“We will continue to work with the existing SSE Cleaning management and look forward to a successful integration. We warmly welcome our new colleagues to the CWS family.”

“Through its dedication to service and its extensive experience in working with Ireland’s Life Sciences sector, SSE Cleaning has successfully grown its business in Galway, Dublin, Athlone and Limerick in recent years”, says Mary Connell, CEO of Specialised Sterile Environments Ltd.

“We are excited that with the support of CWS group, we have the opportunity to continue our company’s growth and continue to focus on the specialist cleanroom cleaning sector.”

CWS Cleanrooms is growing throughout Europe

CWS Cleanrooms is expanding sustainably in Europe. “We plan on growing by organic growth as well as our M&A initiatives. Our network of technical experts and dedicated employees is still increasing. We strive for the highest service level in a highly regulated business area”, says Markus Schad.

Clement Higgins, Managing Director at CWS Ireland, adds, “Today, CWS provides a range of cleanroom, workwear rental and hygiene services to almost 5,000 customers throughout Ireland.

"With sales revenues of €31m and 370 employees in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway, we plan to double our cleanroom business in Ireland over the next five years to keep pace with the growth of Ireland’s Biopharma and Medtech sectors.

"The acquisition of SSE Cleaning is an important step in expanding our Cleanroom services portfolio to achieve our goal of becoming a full-service provider for cleanrooms and Controlled manufacturing environments.”

The acquisition of SSE Cleaning to expand CWS’s Clearooms business in Ireland follows the prior acquisitions of WERO, a Dutch specialist for cleaning cleanrooms, and profi-con, a German cleanroom cleaning company with presence and online training expertise.

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