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The importance of a government-driven investment society to both private investors and businesses themselves cannot be overestimated. Consequently, we are pleased and proud to announce that private equity firm PMV is one of the driving forces behind the EU Cleantech Forum 2018.
PMV’s participation allows general interests such as employment opportunities, the embedding of policies and commitment to priority sectors to be considered in the assessment of investment proposals. In addition, PMV’s stake reduces the risk perception of planned investments. We asked Roald Borré to share his expectations for the EU Cleantech Forum 2018, at which PMV hopes to forge links with both businesses and investors.
Roald Borré, Head of Equity Investments: In the past few years, PMV has made a clear choice to help build industrial success stories in the cleantech sector together with other market actors. We are doing this from the perspective of the business itself, with a genuine long-term goal. We are convinced that sustainable value creation in this sector can only succeed if industrial projects are the right ones. As a result, we do not just serve as a reliable partner for enterprises, but also as a financially strong co-investor who can offer a broad range of financial resources such as capital, (subordinated) loans and guarantees. In addition, we cooperate with all types of parties, both financial and industrial.
Roald Borré: In the past few years, we have invested in several fantastic businesses in this sector: just look at FRX Polymers, Borit or Avantium. We also backed Kebony, a Norwegian business that transforms pine into an alternative for tropical hardwood through a patented and ecological process. Aside from resources, Kebony was also looking for a location to build a second factory. Our investment formed part of a total package of capital, subordinated loans, bank finance, guarantees and subsidies that enabled the company to find a home for its second factory in the Port of Antwerp.
From left to right: FRX Polymers, Borit en Avantium
Roald Borré: International events of Cleantech Forum’s calibre provide us with the ultimate opportunity to expand our network, both in terms of companies and in terms of co-investors and partners for our (potential) portfolio businesses.