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