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Ecolab Ranks 28th in Forbes Magazine List of Worlds Most Innovative Companies
Company's R&D Efforts Focus on Food Safety, Infection Prevention and Sustainability

August 01, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ecolab Inc. has been named to Forbes magazine's "The World's Most Innovative Companies" list, which appears in the Aug. 8 issue of Forbes. Ecolab ranks 28th out of 100 companies on the global list.

"Our purpose — to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier, everywhere it matters — drives our commitment to innovation," said Douglas M. Baker, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, Ecolab. "Our customers want new products and programs that provide superior results along with water, energy, waste and labor savings. We remain focused on continuing to lead innovation in our industry and finding new and better ways to effectively deliver solutions to our customers."

According to Forbes, companies were selected and ranked by a team of researchers and authors of a newly released book, "The Innovator's DNA." The rankings are based on an assessment of each company's "innovation premium," which measures the premium the stock market gives a company for anticipated or expected innovation.

Ecolab invests approximately $90 million annually in research, development and engineering and holds more than 3,700 patents globally. "More than one-third of our sales are derived from new customer solutions introduced within the last five years," Baker said.

Ecolab's 750 research and development associates, working in seven global technical centers, are focused on food safety and infection control, with expertise in technical service, dispensing, process engineering, food safety, public health, animal health and packaging. Innovation focuses on hand care, floor care, clean-in-place for food and beverage manufacturing equipment, textiles, antimicrobials and ware wash.

Essential to Ecolab's innovation process is its total impact approach to preserving the earth's resources. "We focus not only on product formulations, but also on how use of the product will affect the use of natural resources, how the packaging will impact the environment, and the safety of the end user," said Larry Berger, chief technical officer and senior vice president, Research, Development & Engineering, for Ecolab.

The full list of "The World's Most Innovative Companies" can be found in the Aug. 8 issue of Forbes and online at http://www.forbes.com/special-features/innovative-companies.html

With sales of $6 billion and more than 26,000 associates, Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to foodservice, food and beverage processing, healthcare, and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries. More news and information is available at www.ecolab.com.

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