The professional cleaning industry sector in Spain is estimated to have generated revenue of €8.3 billion ($10.8 billion) in 2008, a 6 percent growth rate compared to 2007, according to a recent report released by DBK, a Spanish market research provider. For 2009, growth is expected to be closer to 4 percent, with expected revenue of €8.6 billion ($11.2 billion).
The professional cleaning service market has had a dynamic behavior throughout the current decade, fuelled by Spanish economic growth and the growing service externalization demand from both public and private customers. Thereby the volume of business generated by the companies in this field almost doubled between 2000 and 2007, obtaining an annual variation rate slightly higher than 10%.
By the end of 2007, about 23,300 companies were focused on industrial cleaning activities, with 454,762 employees. Nevertheless, more than 90 percent of the companies did have less than 20 employees.
Clece, Grupo ISS, EULEN, Eurolimp and Acciona Facility Services form the group of the five major companies in the industry, with a combined market share of 19 percent in 2007. A contact list of major companies in this sector is available to U.S. exporters by request.
Regarding the geographical distribution of companies, the autonomous communities of Madrid and Catalunya comprise 32 percent of the total number of companies, followed by Andalucia (14%), Valencia (12%) and the Basque Country (6%). The sector offers opportunities to U.S. suppliers of professional cleaning equipment.
By Carlos Perezminguez