Ecolab merges with Nalco

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On 1 December it was announced that the merger of Ecolab Inc with Nalco Holding Company was completed. This followed shareholder approval gained on 30 November 2011 and antitrust approval.

The merger of Ecolab with Nalco will create the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, offering premier product solutions, the industry”s largest and best-trained sales and service force, coverage in more than 160 countries, and combined 2011 annualized sales of more than $11 billion and more than 38,000 employees.

“We are extremely pleased by the shareholder approval of this merger with Nalco and are excited by the terrific opportunities it brings to our customers, shareholders and employees,” said Douglas M Baker, Jr, Ecolab chairman and chief executive officer. “As one company, we will strengthen our opportunities and capabilities to provide customers with the most innovative, integrated and cost-effective solutions.

“Our combined company will bring the best in-class water and hygiene technology, enabling us to uniquely meet the growing global needs around food safety, infection prevention, water management and energy availability. Meeting these needs is fundamental for successful societies and provides an excellent platform for us to both deliver meaningful value for our customers and provide excellent growth opportunities for our associates and shareholders.


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“Nalco brings a strong management team and organization with leadership positions in the critical water and energy markets, where expanding global demand creates significant growth opportunities. Nalco is the global leader in these industries, with products and services providing the most effective and efficient solutions for customers. These will combine with Ecolab”s leadership positions in the food safety and healthcare markets, where increasing global demand for improved sanitation and sustainable solutions creates strong long-term needs that we are uniquely positioned to meet for our customers.”

As far as the UK is concerned it is unclear, at this stage, if this merger will alter how Ecolab functions as far as pest control is concerned. There was no-one available for comment from their Ecolab Pest Elimination activities headquartered in Sutton in Surrey.

Nalco UK is the largest of Nalco’s subsidiaries in Europe. Nalco UK is also home to the global marine and transportation business Nalfleet. With a presence in the UK since the early 1950’s Nalco also runs the largest Legionella testing lab in Europe.

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