Facts & figures

A consolidated turnover of €755 million in 2017; 350 million sealant and polyurethane foam units produced in 19 production branches; around 3,000 employees worldwide; €90 million in investment in 2017: those are the impressive facts and figures of the Soudal Group.

Financial figures

In 2017, Soudal has achieved a turnover of € 755 million, which is an increase of € 85 million or 12,7% compared to 2016. The net result amounts to € 26 million. Soudal invested more than € 90 million in 2017.

Production in figures

The Soudal Group is the largest independent manufacturer of polyurethane foam in the world. The 4 production locations in Belgium, Poland, China and Slovenia have an annual production of more than 100 million canisters of PU Foam. If all these canisters were to be placed in a row, it would bridge the distance between the earth to the moon and back 5 times over!

The Soudal Group also produces more than 250 million units of sealants (silicones, acrylates, hybrid polymers, etc.) annually, which makes it the world's 3rd largest producers of sealants. This is covered by 9 production locations in Belgium, Slovenia, Poland, the USA, Chile, Turkey, India, China and, recently also, Latvia. All these packages laid end to end would circle the earth.

The hundreds of types of adhesives are manufactured on 4 locations in Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia.


Number of employees

At the end of 2017, the Soudal Group employed 2,861 people. This amount has sharply increased over the past few years due to its organic growth and acquisitions. In the meantime, this figure has increased to around 3,000.

The ever-increasing internationalisation of Soudal is emphasised by the fact that 65% of its employees are working outside Belgium. Clearly, however, the company is still very strongly anchored in the Benelux in general and in Turnhout in particular.

Soudal around the world

The Soudal Group has 19 production locations on 5 continents and 44 worldwide sales offices, and exports to more than 130 countries.

In the past 50 years, Soudal has grown enormously. Methods, market approach and technologies have changed in a revolutionary way, but Soudal holds to the core values, which have made the company great: the customer is key, personal involvement and stamina. Courage in business is the core value for Vic Swerts.

A world map makes it all clear. After 50 years of hard work, Soudal has become a multinational. Currently the company is active on all continents, with 64 branches, of which 19 production sites. This enormous increase in scale is a result of many worldwide initiatives and acquisitions. Competitors and knowledge were acquired to discover new markets outside Belgium. So far, this strategy has been very successful and has resulted in the current Soudal Group, which employs around 3,000 people.