2001 Ecolab purchases remaining 50 percent share in the Henkel-Ecolab joint venture, which has expanded to include operations in more than two dozen European countries and annual sales of approximately $869 million.
2002 Ecolab acquires London-based Terminix Ltd., which provides pest elimination services throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The acquisition provides a strong start for the company’s Pest Elimination business in Europe.
2004 Ecolab acquires Nigiko, a Paris-based firm providing pest services throughout France.
2005 Global Research, Development and Engineering (RD&E) Centre opens in Eagan, Minnesota.
2008 Ecolab’s European headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland.
2008 Ecolab aggressively begins building operations in China. From 2008 to 2012, it invests $150 million in Chinese markets, adding plants in Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Taiwan, as well as its largest production plant in China, in Taicang, which opens in 2012.
2009 International markets contribute 47 percent of total Ecolab sales of $5.9 billion.