The CWS Group, a complete system provider in the solution areas Hygiene, Workwear and Fire Safety, plans to take over cleanroom cleaning service provider profi-con via its CWS Cleanroom business unit. Subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities, CWS will thus be expanding its range of cleanroom products and services through the complete acquisition of the company. This will make CWS the first full-solution provider in this field in the market. The acquisition also includes profi-con’s “ReinraumAkademie”, a training facility for the professional cleaning of cleanrooms.
Employees and management to be retained
profi-con is headquartered in Leipzig. The company specialises in the cleaning of dust-free and sterile rooms, such as those used in the microelectronics or pharmaceutical industry. The CWS Group will take over the approximately 200 employees as well as the management and initially continue operating the "profi-con" brand on an independent basis. All of the profi-con locations – in particular Leipzig and Aschaffenburg – are to be retained.
"The acquisition of the profi-con Group constitutes the continuation of our full service & solution strategy," emphasises Markus Schad, head of the CWS Cleanroom business unit. "The addition of profi-con's cleaning operations, on-site services and training activities expands our portfolio and enables us to open up new growth potential for the CWS Group’s Cleanroom segment. The acquisition complements our existing range of offerings with the focus on services for cleanroom textiles and makes for a bundle of services not available on the market up to now. This will give our customers even more choice in the contamination control segment."
CWS will strengthen profi-con nationally and internationally
profi-con's Managing Director Wolfgang Tolzin too sees the sale as a strategic opportunity for his company: "The takeover by the CWS Group means we can expand our joint market position at both the national as well as international levels. This growth potential is highly attractive for us and was one of the main reasons behind the sale to CWS Cleanrooms. Together, we can continue progressing the development in the market and offer our customers even more solutions from a single source in the future."
With innovative, sustainable and digital rental solutions, CWS contributes to a healthier and safer tomorrow. The CWS range is divided into products and services in the areas of Hygiene, Floor Care, Workwear, Fire Safety, Cleanrooms and Healthcare. Since April 2019, all service areas of the company have been operating as an integrated system provider under the name of CWS.
CWS is a brand of CWS-boco International GmbH and its subsidiaries. The group currently employs around 10,600 people in 16 countries. In 2018, the company generated a turnover of €1,141 million. CWS-boco International GmbH and its subsidiaries are wholly owned by Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH.
About profi-con GmbH
Founded in 1985, profi-con is an established service provider in the cleanroom sector, looking after sterile rooms in the pharmaceutical, genetic engineering, biotechnology and medical technology industries. The company also provides professional cleaning services for dust-free cleanrooms in the microelectronics, semiconductor, optoelectronics, automotive and plastics technology industries. In cooperation with the CleanroomAcademy, profi-con provides training courses, coaching, workshops and seminars covering all aspects of cleanroom technology and operation.