European leader in linen & workwear rental, laundry services,
hygiene and well-being services

Presentation

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Elis is the leader in the rental and maintenance of linens, professional garments, and hygiene and wellness equipment.

Elis’s business model consists of offering items for rent rather than selling its goods. This helps to manage costs with guaranteed quality control and an active environmental strategy. This circular model is the promise of industrial expertise that we place in the service of our clients so that they can refocus on their core businesses.

The Group is present in Europe and in South America. It actively helps to preserve local jobs and provides multiple services to more than 240,000 clients of all sizes working in hospitality, healthcare, industry, commerce and cleaning.

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Elis Map Europe and South America


Strategy and outlook

Our strategy hinges on four main lines:

  • International acquisition policy: we earn 28% of our total revenue abroad, boosted by our business in South America.
  • Consolidated positions through organic growth and a corporate strategy based on mergers and acquisitions.
  • Constantly improving operational performance: the power of our industrial machinery allows us to post solid profitability thanks to the density of our network, our competitive position and complete mastery of our expertise.
  • Creation of new products and services and expansion of our portfolio, in line with our rental/maintenance business model.

 


Sustainable development

Our commitments

  • To participate in the development of a more sustainable business model
    • REINFORCING the development of our business around
      the functional economy
    • INNOVATING to develop alternative solutions to disposable goods
    • AWARENESS-RAISING amongst our clients on the environmental
      benefits of the rental/maintenance service
    • To offer a responsible, quality portfolio of products and services
      • MEETING our clients’ quality requirements
      • PROMOTING fair trade
      • WORKING on our products’ eco-designs
      • To reduce our business’s environmental footprint
        • REDUCING the consumption of natural resources
        • CONTROLLING our factories’ industrial emissions
        • INCREASING our products’ recovery rates at the end of
          their life cycles
        • OPTIMISING our logistics flows
        • To nurture our employees’ fulfilment
          • ENSURING our staff’s well-being and safety
          • ENABLING our employees to grow both personally
            and professionally
          • FOSTERING equal opportunities

 

>> Read the Elis Charter of Ethics (PDF)
>> Read the Sustainable and Ethical Purchasing Charter (PDF)
 


History

Elis: more than a century in existence, with 60 years of uninterrupted growth.

1883: Origins

Elis was born in 1883 with the creation of Grandes Blanchisseries de Pantin, founded by the Leducq Family.

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1968: Creation of Elis

A little less than a century later, in 1968 the Group modernized and brought all of its activities together in a single group that adopted the name of Elis, short for Europe Linge Service (Europe Linens Service).

Beginning in the 1970s: European expansion

Elis went international through acquisitions in Belgium and Spain in 1973 and in Portugal and Germany between 1987 and 1990. In 1994, the Group set up facilities in Luxembourg, followed by Italy in 1999 and by Switzerland in 2001.

1999: Diversification of services

In the late 1990s, the Group began a process to diversify its activities. In 1999, the Group’s activities were extended to the rental and maintenance of water coolers and espresso machines. In 2001, with the acquisition of a cleaning and disinfecting company in Ivry, Elis became the European leader in ultra-clean services.

2010: Continuing internationalization

Elis began its expansion to Brazil and continued in Switzerland with the acquisition of Lavotel. On the Swiss market, the Group engaged in six other targeted acquisitions between 2010 and 2013.

Early 2014: Expansion of Elis’s Brazilian presence

In February 2014, the Group acquired Atmosfera, the leading Brazilian industrial laundry group. Between May and July 2014, the Group continued to expand in the country, acquiring Clara and L’Acqua.

Late 2014 / early 2015: Targeted acquisitions policy

Elis acquired the companies Pro Services Environnement and Kress Textilpflege GmBH.

Early 2015: Initial public offering

In February 2015, Elis was listed on the Euronext regulated stock market in Paris.

Late 2015: Elis acquires the number one player in Chile

After Brazil, Elis continues its growth strategy in Latin America and acquires the number one player in Chile Albia.