Our strategy

Our mission

Elis puts use at the heart of its multi-service bespoke solutions model to find solutions to challenges we face now. This allows us to make the lives of our 400,000 customers much easier, develop long-term local relations and promote the circular economy by encouraging maintenance, reuse and recycling.

We always try to boost our customers’ success and create sustainable growth by regularly expanding our offering with new solutions. Our strategy is based around four key areas:

  • Group Picto Consolidate Position

    Consolidating our positions

    Elis uses a combination of organic growth and acquisitions to consolidate its market share and its geographic coverage.

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    Expanding our network

    The Group opens up new markets in existing or new geographic regions to find new drivers of growth.

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    Aiming for operational excellence

    Controlling costs and promoting best practices within the Group improve the productivity of our business.

  • Group Picto Innovation

    Innovate for our customers

    We add new products and services as well as reinvent existing solutions to give our customers extra added value.

Our mission is to help you achieve yours

We design, develop and provide bespoke solutions for flat linen, workwear, hygiene and well-being products, as well as cleanroom services, pest control and medical waste management. Our proven expertise allows us to support you day-in day-out, leaving you free to focus on your core business. Ensuring your teams and their environment are safe, supporting your brand image and making sure your customers feel at home are our priorities.

Our solutions create value for you and your customers. Proximity, simplicity and reliability are the three cornerstones of our solutions. We guarantee short turnaround times, close attention to your needs and an impeccable quality of service with controlled costs.


Elis in figures

  • 3

    billion euros in turnover in 2021

  • 29

    countries in Europe and Latin America

  • 400,000

    customers around the world

  • 440

    processing sites and service centres

Our history

  • Les Grandes Blanchisseries de Pantin

    1883: Origins

    The Leducq family found the Grandes Blanchisseries de Pantin.

  • Les premiers collaborateurs Elis

    Elis is created

    The Group modernises and consolidates its business lines into the company Europe Linge Service (Elis).

  • Les camions Elis Europe Linge Service

    1973-2001: Expansion

    Elis becomes an international company by acquiring businesses in Belgium and Spain in 1973 and then Portugal and Germany between 1987 and 1990, followed by Luxembourg in 1994, Italy in 1999 and Switzerland in 2001.

  • Les cadres Elis se réunissant autour d'un projet

    1999: Diversification

    Elis’s bespoke solutions extend to water coolers and coffee machines, then to cleanroom supplies in 2001 with the acquisition of Ivry, a cleaning and disinfection company.

  • Des camions Lavotel

    2010: International expansion

    Elis becomes established in Brazil and continues to expand in Switzerland with the purchase of Lavotel, followed by another six targeted acquisitions between 2010 and 2013.

  • Le siège de Elis au Brésil

    2014: Expansion in Brazil

    The Group increases acquisitions in Brazil: Atmosfera, the first Brazilian industrial laundries group, followed by the brand Clara and the company L’Acqua.

  • Elis entre en Bourse sur le marché réglementé d'Euronext

    2015: IPO

    Elis is listed on the Euronext regulated stock exchange in Paris in February 2015 and continues expansion in South America by purchasing the Chilean market leader Albia.

  • Le centre Indusal en Colombie

    2016: Entering the Colombian market

    The Group acquires Indusal in Spain and becomes established in Colombia with the acquisition of SIL.

  • Les bureaux de Berendsen

    2017: Scaling up

    The Group undertakes a capital increase of EUR 352 million and becomes a pan-European leader with the acquisition of its British competitor Berendsen.

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    2018: New slogan

    Elis strengthens its brand identity with the new slogan “We empower your day”, with full attention and constant dedication to meet the needs of our customers and guarantee their professional success.

  • L'outil Live Demo de Elis

    2018: LiveDemo roll out

    After a successful trial on mats in France in 2017, our innovative sales support tool featuring augmented reality is rolled out to all Elis products and services.

  • Les commerciaux Elis recevant leur certificat

    2018: Launch of the Sales Academy

    Elis develops a continuous training tool for sales representatives to help them build skills throughout their careers and take advantage of opportunities to progress.

  • Le siège sociale Elis

    2018-2019: New acquisitions

    Elis continues to strengthen its position in its existing geographic regions with more acquisitions, including in Spain and Germany.

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