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Kärcher acquires Italian sweeper manufacturer ISAL

Kärcher has acquired long-term Italian partner ISAL — the Corregio-based sweeping machine manufacturer. Kärcher, which has registered a turnover of €2.05 bilion in 2013, and ISAL have been successfully developing industrial sweepers. As part of the expansion, Kärcher Group may look forward to new and promising opportunities.

In Italy, where Kärcher was already been successfully represented for more than two decades with a sales company and a number of producing locations, the workforce including ISAL comprises 800 employees. Kärcher’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board, Hartmut Jenner, said of the development: “Our many years of cooperation with ISAL have been marked by great mutual appreciation and respect. By taking this strategic decision we are raising the bar of our competence in sweeping machine production still higher, and creating a solid foundation for long-term growth. The corporate culture of ISAL as an innovative family-run firm also fits in with us very well. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our 46 new colleagues into the Kärcher family.”

Founded in 1974 ISAL specialises in the manufacture of walk-behind and ride-on vacuum sweepers, industrial sweepers and municipal vacuum sweepers, and its customers include professional cleaning firms, industrial producers, construction companies, haulage firms and public services. ISAL also produces metal components for the automotive industry. The 40-year-old ISAL will continue to be run as an independent company.