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.

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  2008 $6,138
 1970  $118  2009  $5,901
 1980  $434  2010  $6,090
 1990  $1,048  2011  $6,799
 2000  $2,231  2012  $11,839
 2001  $2,321  2013  $13,253
2002  $3,404  2014  $14,281
 2003  $3,762  2015  $13,545
2004  $4,185  2016  $13,153
2005  $4,535  2017  $13,838
2006  $4,896  2018  $14,668
 2007 $5,470  2019  $14,906

 

  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. The number of Ecolab employees has risen to more than 44,000, 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
 2020  44,000

Patents

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  616
 1970  2,041  
 1980  3,943
 1990  5,942
 2000  11,526  
 2010  17,232  1,601
 2020  25,690  9,080