Ecolab expands portfolio with key acquisition in the UK

The global hygiene company has acquired cleaning solutions provider Holchem

Hygiene technology giant Ecolab has announced the acquisition of Holchem Group Limited, a UK-based supplier of hygiene and cleaning products and services catering to the food and beverage, foodservice and hospitality industries.

Headquartered in Lancashire and with operations in the UK and Ireland, Holchem is a multimillion-pound business. The company reported sales of approximately £43m (US$56m) in 2017.

“Holchem’s strong technical capabilities and service model align well with Ecolab’s commitment to helping customers uphold stringent food safety standards,” said Sam de Boo, Ecolab senior VP and General Manager for Food & Beverage and Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, in Europe.

De Boo continued: “We look forward to combining our teams to better serve food and beverage and foodservice customers in Ireland, the UK and throughout Europe.”

The acquisition is subject to clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority, which is anticipated to occur in early 2019.

Both businesses will continue to operate separately until the acquisition has been cleared. No further details of the deal have been disclosed.

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