Spotless Group

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Spotless Group
Industry Consumer Products
Founded 2005
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people
Pierre le Tanneur, CEO
Products Colour Catcher, Keep it White, Vim, Ballerina, Vigour, Eparcyl, Punch, Dylon
Revenue ~€373 million
Number of employees
Slogan "Home care made simple"

Spotless Group SAS is a pan-European manufacturer of insect control and laundry products, based in Paris, France. Spotless Group has subsidiary operations in 8 European states, employing over 400 people in Ireland, Sweden, Hungary, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. The group is the number one independent company in the European consumer-goods market.[1]


Spotless Group was established by AXA Private Equity (renamed Ardian in 2013) in 2005, upon AXAs acquisition of French homecare company Eau Ecarlate.[2] The incumbent CEO of Eau Ecarlate, Pierre le Tanneur, assumed the presidency of Spotless.[3]

In 2006, the second year of its existence, Spotless Group acquired Bologna-based homecare company Guaber and Irish shoe-care manufacturer Punch Industries. The group made further acquisitions in 2007, of sewerage disposal company Eparcyl and the Unilever brand Ballerina.[4][5] In 2008, the company purchased Dylon International, the UK's leading dye producer, from the Mayborn Group. Spotless Group owns a total of 18 brands as of 2008.[6]

In 2010, AXA Private Equity (renamed Ardian in 2013) sold its 65.6% stake in Spotless Group to British private-equity company BC Partners for a reported €600 million, according to Reuters.[7]


Spotless Group has subsidiaries in 8 European Countries:

  • Guaber, Italy
  • Spotless Hungary, Hungary
  • Punch Industries, Ireland
  • Eau Ecarlate, France
  • Spotless UK, United Kingdom
  • Spotless Benelux, Netherlands
  • Spotless Iberia, Spain
  • Boston Scandinavia, Sweden


Spotless Group owns the brand Colour Catcher, which is the market leader in washing machine colour protection. Other prominent Spotless Group brands include:

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "What's New". Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Anne-Sylvaine Chassany (23 September 2008). "Axa Said to Be Seeking Sale of Spotless Group for $1 Billion". Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ - Management - retrieved: July 1, 2009
  4. ^ - History - retrieved: July 1, 2009
  5. ^ Businessweek staff (N/A). "Eparcyl S.A.". Retrieved 16 February 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Snapshot 2008". Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Espana, Zaida (17 February 2010). "RLPC-BC Partners buys majority stake in Spotless Group". Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
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