Facts and figures for the 2015 financial year

Kärcher has once again achieved growth in the 2015 financial year and set a new record with sales totalling € 2.22 billion. Over the same period, the cleaning machines manufacturer sold 12.87 million machines, thereby achieving its highest ever sales. At the end of 2015, the company had a total of 11,333 employees in 60 countries. This corresponds to an increase of 200 employees compared to the previous year.

A major focus at Kärcher in 2015 was digitisation – digital service products, such as a fleet management system for building service contractors, were among the new products that were developed to production stage. The company has also played a pioneering role in digitisation in the end consumer segment: the prototype of a water timer, for instance, which can be operated via a smartphone app, was presented. As well as developing product innovations, last year Kärcher again invested heavily in new and existing sites in order to ensure long-term growth. The family-owned company has now opened almost 600 Kärcher Centers worldwide.

Social commitment once again had high priority at Kärcher: as part of its cultural sponsorship programme, the company was again involved in the restoration of numerous monuments throughout 2015 – including Aachen Cathedral, in cooperation with the German Commission for UNESCO. Financial and technical support for SOS Children’s Villages was expanded worldwide, as was cooperation with the Global Nature Fund.