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Karcher and ISS Group agree to global partnership
Global facilities services provider ISS A/S of Denmark has signed a global partnership agreement with Alfred Karcher GmbH. Under the agreement, which will run for an initial five years, Karcher will supply cleaning equipment to ISS Group companies worldwide.
In the context of ISS's new global supplier strategy, Karcher was selected against several rivals and, along with one other vendor, is now an exclusive supplier to ISS.
"We selected Karcher based on its comprehensive product portfolio and tremendous innovative strength," reports Peter Schack, global head of procurement at ISS A/S. "This cooperation will enable our company to set uniformly high standards for the cleaning equipment used worldwide, thereby offering our customers the guarantee of an excellent cleaning result."
Markus Asch, deputy-chairman of the Karcher Management Board, sees the signing of this contract as an endorsement of Karcher's strategic alignment. He says: "We are grateful for the great confidence that ISS has placed in us and our products. Focussing on our customers and their cleaning needs is central to our corporate strategy. This cooperation agreement with ISS shows that we are on the right path with this approach."
ISS was founded in Copenhagen in 1901 and has grown to become one of the world's leading facilities services companies with revenues in 2013 amounting to DKK 78.5 billion (EURO 10.52 billion). "The secret to our success lies in how we tailor our solutions to client needs, how we manage risk, and how our engaged team of more than 520,000 staff members add the power of the human touch in everything we do," it says.
Karcher, the family owned enterprise, employs over 11,138 people in 60 countries and 100 companies. More than 50,000 service centres in all countries ensure continuous and comprehensive supplies to customers all over the world. In 2014, Karcher reached the highest sales with 2.12 billion euros and 12.72 million units sold, the highest number of quantities in its history.
Image: Markus Asch (2nd from left) and Henrik Langebaek (CFO Europe, group senior vice president, ISS), seal the agreement with a handshake. Also in the picture: Marc Van Ingelgem (vice president Global Sales Management Professional Products, Karcher, left) and Peter Schack
26th February 2015