Summary of our market study

The French market has shown solid growth, with an estimated value of 2.55 billion euros in 2019 and growth of 25% from 2015 to 2019.

The industrial cleaning market, focused on professional cleaning services for offices, public spaces, industrial sites, healthcare and transportation facilities, is a highly competitive business-to-business sector.

The global market is forecast to expand steadily, with estimates such as a CAGR of 4.5% from 2019 to 2024 by Markets and Markets. Asia-Pacific and North America dominated market share, with Western Europe, particularly Germany and France, contributing 18.73% to the market in 2019.

The market faced challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a relatively limited impact on business levels due to long-term service contracts offering resilience.

The sector is sensitive to eco-responsibility, and companies are focusing on sustainability and technological innovation to distinguish themselves.

The market is highly fragmented, with very large global players but also a large number of SMEs and self-employed entrepreneurs.

Resilience and growth in the French industrial cleaning market

The French industrial cleaning market, after a period of contraction between 2013 and 2016, saw a three-year growth rate of 37% from 2017 to 2019.

Estimated to be worth around 2.5 billion euros, the French industrial cleaning market expanded by a notable 25% from 2015 to 2019. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic posed potential challenges to the industry's trajectory, with nationwide closures forcing offices and factories into lulls.

The office segment has become the main revenue generator for industrial cleaning, accounting for around 40% of market sales. The residential and industrial sectors follow, with 11%.

Larger companies are moving into office sectors, while smaller companies are concentrating on residential and niche sectors.

The expansion of commercial real estate, which has doubled since the 1980s to over a billion square meters in 2017, has been a key driver of market development.

Demand for specialized cleaning in areas such as operating theatres, cleanrooms and laboratories is broadening the scope of the market.

Profile of the main market players in the industrial cleaning sector

The industrial cleaning market is home to a wide range of companies, from cleaning specialists to large multi-service providers who integrate cleaning into a broader portfolio.

ISS: A heavyweight in the business services sector, ISS stands out for its global presence and comprehensive offerings that go beyond cleaning. ISS offers companies a complete range of building management and maintenance solutions.

Atalian Propreté: A subsidiary of the Atalian Group, Atalian Propreté focuses on cleaning and hygiene services. The company is well established not only in France, but in many countries around the world.

Onet Propreté et Services: A major player in the sector, present on the market for many years

GSF Propreté: A pure player in the cleaning sector, GSF is highly specialized in industrial cleaning.

Elior Services Propreté: A subsidiary of the Elior catering group, Elior has successfully developed in the hygiene and cleaning sector.

Sodexo Hygiène et Propreté: Another giant in the food industry, Sodexo has diversified into cleaning services.

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1.1 Presentation and definition of the market

The industrial washing defines a paid cleaning service of premises for professional use. These premises may be places where the following are carried out a tertiary activity (offices and administrations), locations receiving public (shopping centres and stores), locations related to the industry (plant and laboratory), sites of health or from transport . Unlike routine cleaning, industrial cleaning requires very specific machinery and a slightly superior know-how.

It is therefore a market exclusively "business to business" This is an area where competition is intense because it is extremely complex to differentiate a cleaning offer.

In France, there are many companies offering industrial cleaning services, and may offer other services, such as waste management. INSEE includes industrial cleaning within the broader cleaning sector as a whole, which is characterised by low margins a low concentration a limited capital requirement and a low-skilled labour After a contraction between 2013 and 2016, the market experienced a new lease of life and grew by 37% over the following three years.

The industrial cleaning market was therefore booming when it was confronted with the coronavirus crisis, an analysis of the first post-containment returns in the market is therefore included in the study.

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  • Taille du marché du nettoyage industriel
  • Répartition du marché du nettoyage industriel par régions
  • Breakdown of cleaning sector sales
  • Size of the industrial cleaning market
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Latest news

Danish cleaning group ISS wants to sell its activities in France - 07/09/2023
  • The ISS Group employs over 14,000 people in France.
  • ISS has achieved sales of over 10 billion euros by 2022.
  • The group employs around 350,000 people worldwide.
Corporate services: Danish giant ISS plans to downsize in France - 11/08/2023
  • ISS is one of the world's leading operators in the business services sector.
  • ISS France employs over 18,000 people.
  • The group is committed to a strategy called "OneISS", launched at the end of 2020, aimed at focusing the group on an integrated services offering.
  • The ISS Group has over 350,000 employees worldwide.
  • Total group revenue amounted to around €10.3 billion.
  • The French business services market is highly competitive, with companies of all sizes, including heavyweights such as Atalian, Bouygues Energies & Services, Elior Services, Samsic, Sodexo and Vinci Energies.
Cleaning: Clinitex breaks the wage taboo - 03/08/2023
  • Clinitex was founded over forty years ago.
  • Today, Clinitex employs around 4,000 people, 3,800 of whom are cleaners.
  • The company is based in Lezennes, in the Lille metropolitan area. It operates mainly in the north of the country, but is increasingly expanding nationwide.
  • Last year, Clinitex achieved sales of 60 million euros.
  • It has 15 branches throughout France.
Inclusive Services: 100 jobs for the disabled - 05/07/2023
  • The company is located in Nîmes in the Gard department.
  • It has evolved from an association to a commercial adapted company.
  • The company currently has 158 employees, 117 of whom are disabled.
  • Inclusive Services operates in 5 business areas: cleaning of offices and industrial premises (50% of sales), upkeep of green spaces (30%), automotive and horticultural mechanics, building maintenance and caretaking.
  • The company plans to achieve sales of 5 million euros by 2023.
Hygiene: Paredes launches into soap and ozonated water - 28/06/2023
  • Supplier of health and hygiene products for communities and industry
  • The Paredes plant in Genas currently employs 650 people.
  • Ehpad operator Domidep has ordered 150 Paredes Blue Lab devices.
  • The company's share of online sales is set to rise from 25% today to over 33% in 2023.
  • The industrial part of the business, which includes the Genas plant and the Lucca plant in Tuscany, accounts for a quarter of the company's revenues. The remainder comes from sales.
Two Lyon-based ETIs join forces to create a European hygiene champion - 28/06/2023
  • The Paredes group is proposing a takeover bid for the listed company Orapi of around 45 million euros.
  • Orapi is valued at 78 million euros.
  • Orapi posted sales of 229.6 million euros in 2022, up 4%.
  • Paredes posted sales of 215 million euros, with EBITDA of 15 million euros.
  • Paredes employs 650 people, while Orapi has 1,000.
  • Paredes has a factory in Italy and a new warehouse near Rennes.
  • Orapi is based in Vénissieux and has a factory in Saint-Vulbas.
  • Paredes and Orapi are both key players in the hygiene and protective equipment sector.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

ISS Facility Services
Atalian Propreté et Services
ONET Groupe
GSF Groupe Services France
ISOR Inter Service Organisation
OMS Synergie Group
Elior Ristorazione S.p.a
Challancin Groupe
Dulevo (Groupe Fayat)
Lemonnier (APROLIS Groupe)

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