Facts & Figures

The CWS Group, a subsidiary of Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, employs around 11,000 people in 16 countries across Europe and is a leading specialist for solution offerings in the fields of hygiene, dust control mats, workwear & protective clothing and cleanrooms. In the 2018 financial year, CWS generated a turnover of € 1,141 million.


Key economic figures

  • Turnover (€ billion) 1.1
  • Locations in 16 countries

Key ecological figures

  • Energy consumption (GJ) 936,264
  • Water consumption (m3) 1,298,479
  • Detergent consumption (t) 3,033
  • CO2 emissions (scope 1–3; t) 52,593

Key social figures

  • Employees (reporting countries) 11,000


Success Story CWS

Since April, the CWS-boco Group has been operating under the joint umbrella brand CWS. As a system provider with six service areas, CWS now stands for a common vision: to contribute to a healthier and safer tomorrow. It is the claim of the brand to set new standards. With innovative, sustainable and digital rental solutions, the company provides more health, safety and protection for customers and their employees. Holistic hygiene solutions can limit the transmission of infections and reduce disease rates. Regularly checked protective clothing can prevent accidents at work and thus contribute to safety at the workplace.

Thus, CWS achieved its first important milestones. In 2018, the company was able to increase turnover for the first time to over 1 billion euros with 1, 141 million euros. Organic growth and operating profit also increased significantly.

At EUR 1.1 billion, CWS’ revenue in 2018 was up by 18 per cent year on year. The encouraging increase was due mainly to the first-time inclusion of the Initial companies for the full year. Yet revenue also grew organically – i.e., adjusted for acquisitions and currency translation effects – by 3 per cent as compared to the same period of the previous year.

CWS increased sales in both divisions. The Hygiene Solutions division achieved growth of 2 percent, while sales in the Workwear division rose by 4 percent compared with the same period of the previous year.

Operating profit increased from EUR 68 million in the previous year to EUR 140 million.