8. ELECTROLUX PROFESSIONAL LIMITED

Electrolux Professional’s ‘total solutions’ approach to foodservice and laundry has seen it become a trusted provider to some of the biggest businesses in the hospitality industry.

The company’s annual accounts actually separate out the sales and profits for the catering equipment and laundry units, which is helpful in providing an accurate picture of how each one has performed.

For the purposes of this report we have only used the foodservice equipment figures, not laundry. In 2016, sales of foodservice equipment grew a healthy 13% to £20.5m.

That was partly down to a “weak” comparative figure the year before, although the company did successfully secure an increased market share in key product categories as well.Electrolux Professional Turnover 2016

Operating profit for the division reached £1.8m versus £2.2m the year before, with a decline in operating margin to the tune of three percentage points attributed to price pressures in the market.

Directors of the firm said 2017 would be shaped by the launch of new products and services, and that has certainly been evident.

New energy efficient refrigeration and warewashing equipment has been unveiled this year, as well as a newly-designed high-speed contact grill.Electrolux Professional Operating profit 2016

Note that if we were to have included the laundry business, Electrolux Professional would rank as the sixth largest player on this list, with 2016 revenues of £33.6m and an operating profit of £3.1m.

2016 Vital Statistics

Turnover: £20.51m (+13%)
Operating profit: £1.81m (-16%),
Employees: 71 (Total)
Ownership: The ultimate parent and controlling party is AB Electrolux, incorporated in Sweden
Financial year end: 31 December

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