Havatec boosts global growth with Rabo Investments as new investor.


Havatec boosts global growth with Rabo Investments as new investor.

Rabobank Group becomes a co-shareholder in Havatec B.V. through its investment company Rabo Investments (Ri). This investment marks the next phase for the innovative manufacturing company from Nieuw-Vennep.
With this investment Havatec can enhance the international expansion and development of advanced technological solutions for the floriculture and horticulture sectors.
Havatec develops sorting, bunching and handling systems for the international horticulture and flower processing industry.
The company now has 140 employees. Due to the successful development program Havatec has been growing fast and healthy for many years and has been nominated FD-Gazelle for 7 years in a row.
In recent year we introduced new machine concepts such as the groundbreaking Twister bouquet machine, the pin-belt deleafer, several Gerbera processing concepts, the Wave, and other flower processing machines.
The technologies developed by Havatec consist of both mechanical and software components that are all developed in-house.
Our company is committed to reliability, innovation and service. We deliver turn-key projects.
Currently Havatec is building the first 3 planting robots for flower bulbs. These machines will be installed in Q3, thus promising a new growth spurt.

Mark Fikkers, Commercial Director Havatec: “The collaboration strengthens the network of Havatec in the Food & Agri sector, making the introduction in new markets easier.
There will be more support for new developments, speeding up the process. Through this collaboration the Food & Agri sector retains an innovative partner who guarantees the devising of new ideas.
The automation of the floriculture remains the primary focus, but the automation in other sectors can receive more attention in the new collaboration.
In short, the best of both worlds united, forging a strong basis for global automation for all parties.”

Thijs Friederich Managing Director Rabo Investments“Havatec is a wonderful Dutch manufacturing company. The company has a strong innovative DNA and responds to the global mechanization and automation trends in the Food & Agro sector and therefor fits perfectly with the ecosystem and strategic ambitions of the Rabobank. We look forward to further accelerating international growth in the coming years, together with management and current shareholders.”

Rabo Investments was assisted in this transaction by, among others, Vriman (legal), Sincerius (financial) and JSA (fiscal). Havatec was assisted by Grant Thornton (M&A) and MA Law (legal).

About Rabo Investments (www.raboinvestments.com)

Rabo Investments is the investment company of Rabobank Group and has invested more than EUR 1.5 billion worldwide in the Food & Agri, Healthcare and Sustainability sectors.
These investments have a long-term focus and range from growth capital for start-ups and scale-ups to (co)-investments in mature companies and funds.

About Havatec

It was in the year 2000 that Havatec started with the development of machines for the mushroom sector. Not long after that Havatec developed an advanced machine for the grading and bunching of flower bulbs using X-ray techniques. As from 2003, Havatec has an extensive range of machines for automated grading and bunching of flowers, for packaging flowers in boxes.

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