The Group expanded its operations internationally outside of Sweden in the following decades, beginning with its launch in Norway in 1973, and in the late 1980s the Group launched its building inspections and food hygiene services. In the 2000s, the Group expanded further across Europe into Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands. Since then, the Group has grown to become a global business, offering pest control and ancillary services in 19 countries across the world.
The Group’s transformation from a European multi-service company to a global pest control company was achieved through a strategic shift, involving the divestment of non-core business activities and a re-focusing on its recurring pest control offering. Strong growth, digitalization, and expansion in existing and new markets through around 220 value-enhancing acquisitions also contributed to this transformation. For example, in 2013, the Group acquired the local pest control businesses of ISS in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.
In 2015, the Group established the Anticimex Model (see “–The Anticimex Model” below), which focuses on its branches as the cornerstone of the Group. The Group also acquired a 20 percent stake in WiseCon A/S, a Danish supplier of digitally-enabled pest control products and accelerated its digital SMART concept, which uses intelligent traps and sensors to monitor and control pests.
In January 2016, the Group expanded its operations into Asia through the acquisition of SITA Pest Control & Fumigation Service in Singapore. In July 2016, the Group entered the North American market through the acquisition of Bug Doctor, American Pest and GreenStar Termite & Pest Control in the United States.
In 2017, the Group entered the Malaysian market through the acquisition of DC Hygiene, further expanding its operations in Asia, and also acquired the remaining 80 percent of WiseCon. Through its acquisition of WiseCon, the Group established the Anticimex Innovation Center in Helsinge, Denmark, a research and development and digital innovation pest control hub, which is responsible for the development of new digitally-enabled SMART solutions. Further, the Group expanded its operations in the North American market with the acquisition of Viking Termite & Pest Control with operations in New Jersey, Modern Pest Services with operations in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, and Mid-Atlantic Pest Services with operations in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
In 2018, the Group entered France through the acquisition of Danton, and further expanded in the North American market through the acquisition of Turner Pest Control with operations in Florida, and Killingsworth Environmental of the Carolinas with operations in North Carolina.
In 2019, Anticimex expanded further in the North American market by acquiring Waynes Pest Control with operations throughout Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, and JP McHale Pest Management in New York State. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Group completed its first acquisitions in Arizona, California and Colorado in the United States.
In May 2021, the Group entered its 20th country, Colombia, with the acquisition of Palmera Junior.