Spotless Group

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Spotless Group
Private
Industry Consumer Products
Founded 2005
Key people
Pierre le Tanneur, CEO
Products Colour Catcher, Keep it White, Vim, Ballerina, Vigour, Eparcyl, Punch, Dylon
Revenue ~€373 million
Number of employees
400
Slogan "Home care made simple"
Website www.spotlessgroup.eu

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.

Operations[edit]

Spotless Group was established by AXA Private Equity (renamed Ardian in 2013) in 2005, upon AXAs acquisition of French homecare company Eau Ecarlate.[1] The incumbent CEO of Eau Ecarlate, Pierre le Tanneur, assumed the presidency of Spotless.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Subsidiaries[edit]

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

Products[edit]

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

  • Punch
  • Vim
  • Ballerina
  • Eparcyl
  • Dylon
  • Vigor
  • Boston
  • Punch
  • Fito
  • Bloom
  • Cucal
  • Vapona
  • Catch
  • Dum Dum
  • Tupic
  • Carcomin
  • Zensect
  • Globol
  • Tabard
  • Iba
  • Dr.Optic
  • Lord Sheraton furniture polish range (manufactured in San Marino).[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Anne-Sylvaine Chassany (23 September 2008). "Axa Said to Be Seeking Sale of Spotless Group for $1 Billion". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.spotlessgroup.eu/#management Spotless.eu - Management - retrieved: July 1, 2009
  3. ^ http://www.spotlessgroup.eu/#history Spotlessgroup.eu - History - retrieved: July 1, 2009
  4. ^ Businessweek staff (N/A). "Eparcyl S.A.". businessweek.com. Retrieved 16 February 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Snapshot 2008". Spotlessgroup.eu. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Espana, Zaida (17 February 2010). "RLPC-BC Partners buys majority stake in Spotless Group". Reuters.com. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
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