Profile: Ecolab Inc (ECL.N)
30 Jul 2015
Ecolab Inc., incorporated on February 18, 1924, provides water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. The Company operating segments include Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy and Other. Its cleaning and sanitizing programs and products, pest elimination services and equipment maintenance and repair services support customers in the foodservice, food and beverage processing, hospitality, healthcare, Government and education, retail, textile care and commercial facilities management sectors in over 170 countries. Its products and technologies are also used in water treatment, pollution control, energy conservation, oil production and refining, steelmaking, papermaking, mining, and other industrial processes.
The Company’s Global Industrial segment consists of the Water, Food and Beverage, Paper and Textile Care operating units. It provides water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions to industrial customers within the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, chemical, mining and primary metals, power generation, pulp and paper, and commercial laundry industries. The Company’s water business serves customers across industrial and institutional markets, with the exception of the pulp and paper industry the energy industries. Within Water, the Company serves customers in the aerospace, chemical, pharmaceutical, mining and primary metals, power, food and beverageand medium and light manufacturing, as well as institutional clients, such as hospitals, universities, commercial buildings and hotels. The Company provides products and programs for water treatment and process applications aimed at combining environmental benefits with economic gains for its customers. Its offerings include specialty products, such as scale and corrosion inhibitors, antifoulants, pre-treatment solutions, membrane treatments, coagulants and flocculants, and anti-foams, as well as the Company’s 3D TRASARTM technology, which combines chemistry, remote services and monitoring and control.
The Company’s water business provides water treatment products and programs for cooling water, boiler water, process water and waste water applications. Its cooling water treatment programs are designed to control the problems associated with cooling water systems, such as corrosion, scale and microbial fouling and contamination, in open recirculating, once-through and closed systems. The Company provides chemical solutions, process improvements and mechanical component modifications to optimize boiler performance and control corrosion and scale build-up.
The Company’s Food and beverage business provides detergents, cleaners, sanitizers, lubricants and animal health products, as well as cleaning systems, electronic dispensers and chemical injectors for the application of chemical products, primarily to dairy plants, dairy farms, breweries, soft-drink bottling plants, and meat, poultry and other food processors. Food and beverage is also a developer and marketer of antimicrobial products used in direct contact with meat, poultry, seafood and produce during processing in order to reduce microbial contamination. Food and beverage also designs, engineers and installs clean-in-place (CIP) process control systems and facility cleaning systems for its customer base.
The Company’s paper business provides water and process applications for the pulp and paper industries. The paper business offers a portfolio of programs that are used in all steps of the papermaking process and across all grades of paper, including graphic grades, board and packaging, and tissue and towel. Paper provides two additional specialty programs, pulp applications and paper applications. The pulp applications predict and monitor scaling potential utilizing on-line monitoring to design treatment programs and avoid costly failures. Specialty products include flocculants, coagulants, dewatering aids and digester yield enhancers.
The Company’s textile care business provides products and services that manage the entire wash process through custom designed programs, products, dispensing equipment, water and energy management, and real time data management, commercial operations, including uniform rental, hospitality, linen rental and healthcare laundries. Textile Care’s programs are designed to meet its customers’ needs for cleaning.
The Company’s Global Institutional segment consists of the Institutional, Specialty and Healthcare operating units. It provides specialized cleaning and sanitizing products to the foodservice, hospitality, lodging, healthcare, Government and education and retail industries. The Company’s institutional business sells specialized cleaners and sanitizers for washing dishes, glassware, flatware, foodservice utensils and kitchen equipment (warewashing), plus cleaners for various applications throughout food service operations, for on premise laundries and for general housekeeping functions, as well as food safety products and equipment, water filters, dishwasher racks and related kitchen sundries to the foodservice, lodging, educational and healthcare industries. Institutional also provides pool and spa treatment programs for hospitality and other commercial customers, as well as a range of janitorial cleaning and floor care products and programs to customers in hospitality, healthcare and commercial facilities. Institutional develops various chemical dispensing systems to dispense the cleaners and sanitizers. In addition, the Institutional operating unit markets a lease program comprised of energy-efficient dishwashing machines, detergents, rinse additives and sanitizers, including full machine maintenance. Through its EcoSure Food Safety Management business, Institutional also provides customized on-site evaluations, training and quality assurance services to foodservice operations.
The specialty operating unit supplies cleaning and sanitizing chemical products and related items primarily to regional, national and international quick service restaurant (QSR) chains and food retailers. Its products include specialty and general purpose hard surface cleaners, degreasers, sanitizers, polishes, hand care products and assorted cleaning tools and equipment, which are sold under the Kay and Ecolab brand names. Specialty’s cleaning and sanitation programs are customized to meet the needs of the market segments. A number of product dispensing options are available for products in the core product range. Specialty supports its product sales with employee training programs and technical support designed to meet the special needs of its customers. Customers in the QSR market segment are primarily supplied through third party distributors while food retail customers utilize their own distribution networks.
The healthcare business provides infection prevention, surgical solutions and contamination control solutions to acute care hospitals, surgery centers, medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and pharmaceutical and hospital clean room environments. Healthcare’s infection prevention and surgical solutions, such as hand hygiene, hard surface disinfection, instrument cleaning, patient drapes, equipment drapes and surgical fluid warming and cooling systems, are sold primarily under the Ecolab and Microtek brand names to various departments within the acute care environment, including infection control, environmental services, central sterile and operating room.
The Company’s Global Energy segment provides on-site, technology-driven solutions to the global drilling, oil and gas production, refining, and petrochemical industries. Its product and service portfolio includes corrosion inhibitors, scale control additives, biocides, cleaners, hydrate control, hydrogen sulfide scavengers, oil dispersants, asphaltene and paraffin control, foamers and anti-foams, flow assurance, oil/water separation, heavy crude desalting, monomer inhibitors, anti-oxidants, fuel and lubricant additives, air emission control and combustion efficiency, and traditional water treatment. The Company’s customers include nearly all of the publicly traded oil companies, as well as national oil companies and independent oil companies. The Energy business operates an upstream group composed of its WellChem, Oilfield Chemicals and Enhanced Oil Recovery businesses and a Downstream refinery and petrochemical processing business.
WellChem business supplies chemicals for the cementing, drilling, fracturing and acidizing phases of well drilling and stimulation. Oilfield Chemicals business provides solutions to the oil and gas production sector. The Company offers in crude oil and natural gas production, pipeline gathering/transmission systems, gas processing, and heavy oil and bitumen upgrading. The Company provides custom engineered chemical solutions that enable production of crude oil and gas from existing fields, which are marketed primarily through its TIORCOTM joint venture with Stepan Company. The Company’s heavy oil upgrading programs minimize operation costs and mitigate fouling, corrosion, foaming and the effects of heavy metals when refining opportunity crudes. The Company also offers a line of fuel additives, including corrosion inhibitors, to protect engine fuel systems and pre-market underground storage tanks and piping. In addition, it offer fuel stabilizers, pour point depressants, cetane improvers, detergents and antioxidants for home heating oil and diesel and gasoline packages. The Company also provides total water and wastewater management solutions specific to customers’ refining and chemical processing needs, including boiler treatment, cooling water treatment and wastewater treatment.
The Company’s Other segment consists of the pest elimination and equipment care operating units. It provides pest elimination and kitchen repair and maintenance, with its two operating units. Pest elimination provides services designed to detect, eliminate and prevent pests, such as rodents and insects, in restaurants, food and beverage processors, educational and healthcare facilities, hotels, quick service restaurant and grocery operations and other institutional and commercial customers. In addition to the United States, the Company operates this business in various countries in Asia Pacific, Western Europe, Latin America and South Africa, France, the United Kingdom, Greater China and Brazil.
The equipment care business provides equipment repair, maintenance and preventive maintenance services for the commercial food service industry. Repair services are offered for in-warranty repair, acting as the manufacturer’s authorized service agent, as well as after-warranty repair. In addition, Equipment Care operates as a parts distributor to repair service companies and end-use customers.
ECOLAB CORPORATE CENTER
370 WABASHA STREET NORTH
ST. PAUL MN 55102