Data and facts for the financial year 2014

Kärcher looks back on another successful financial year. The family company has once again succeeded in ending the year with a record turnover, creating numerous jobs and increasing its market share worldwide. With 2.12 billion euros, the world’s leading supplier of cleaning technology achieved the highest turnover in the company’s history and with 12.72 million machines sold, the highest number of sales.

Apart from focusing on customers' needs – over 50 ,000 service points worldwide ensure continuity of supply – innovation was once again one of the most important growth factors: 90 % of Kärcher products are not more than five years old. In the previous year alone, the company applied for 58 new patents – and launched over 120 new products on the market.

In 2014, Kärcher once again supported many charitable, social and cultural organisations in numerous countries and actively focused on environmental protection – the partnership with the SOS children’s villages and membership in the UN Global Compact Network are just two examples. Kärcher also contributed to the preservation of prized monuments with its technology and expertise: Kärcher teams cleaned both the Indionesian National Monument “MONAS” in Jakarta and the world’s first artificial ice rink at the Königssee in Germany.

Following extensive cleaning tests at World Heritage Sites in Germany, Aachen Cathedral was chosen to be cleaned by Kärcher as part of a joint pilot project with the German Commission for UNESCO.