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Karcher acquires Socofren SA
Karcher France has acquired the business of Socofren SA, in a move that sees it consolidate its strong position in the ultra high pressure market in that country.
"Following the acquisition of the German Woma brand, Karcher France decided to buy Socofren, which distributes the brand in France," says Francois Malmanche, President of Karcher France. "Karcher's roots have always been in the high pressure professional cleaning market, so this acquisition naturally consolidates Karcher's position in the French market."
The move comes during a period of strong growth for Karcher France in sales of equipment to the industrial sector, to automotive and washing facilities and to the cleaning market.
Specialising in the supply of high pressure cleaning equipment to the professional market for more than 50 years, Socofren offers a wide range of cleaning solutions, including high pressure washing and ultra high pressure industrial cleaning equipment, as well as paint stripping, water jetting and hydro demolition concrete cutting etc. With pressures between 100 and 3000 bar, there is equipment available to tackle the most demanding jobs and Socofren offers solutions tailored to the specific needs of each business and in all sectors of activity.
Founded in 1935, Karcher is headquartered in Winnenden, Germany. It has 54 subsidiaries and markets its products in more than 190 countries, generating 85% of its sales - from a portfolio of more than 2,200 products - outside Germany.
In 2011 Karcher generated a turnover of 1.7 billion Euros, with a record-breaking 8.25 million units sold. Innovation is at the heart of the success of this company, which holds more than 1,200 patents - including 424 still active in 2011.
Karcher has around 8,700 employees - some 600 of these engineers and technicians who develop cleaning solutions that are ever more efficient technologically whilst being more environmentally friendly. The company has committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing processes, to using fewer components in the design of its machines and to the use of biodegradable detergents. More than 90% of its production units are powered using renewable energies.
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18th October 2012