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AeroGlass Mirrors from AviationGlass & Technology for KLM’s Boeing 777-fleet retrofit program including the famous ‘Orange Pride’

 

 

From left to right: Jaap Wiersema - AGT COO, Robert van Bohemen - Fleet Manager KLM, Peter Slobbe - Vice President - Fleet Services KLM and John Rietveldt - AGT CEO

 

 

 

From left to right: Robert van Bohemen - Fleet Manager KLM, John Rietveldt - AGT CEO, Peter Slobbe - Vice President Fleet Services KLM and Jaap Wiersema - AGT COO

 

- KLM becomes first commercial carrier to certify ultra-thin, lightweight AeroGlass Mirrors

 

AIX 2017, HAMBURG, GERMANY / VOORTHUIZEN, THE NETHERLANDS – AviationGlass & Technology (AGT) - a Dutch company specialized in the research, development and production of glass products for the aviation industry - today announced that KLM is certifying AGT’s AeroGlass Mirrors for its Boeing 777 fleet retrofit program which aims to fully revamp interiors to ensure greater comfort for passengers.  KLM will be the first commercial airline in the world to upgrade its commercial Boeing 777 fleet with the new, ultra-thin and lightweight AeroGlass products inside the cabin.

 

AeroGlass Mirrors will first be installed in the lavatories of KLM’s famous ‘Orange Pride’ - the airline’s orange and blue Boeing 777-300 PH-BVA by the end of 2017.  KLM’s Orange aircraft is used on routine flights and, whenever possible, during events offering opportunities to promote the Netherlands. The plane debuted last year and was operated on the Rio de Janeiro-Amsterdam route during the 2016 Olympic Games. KLM used the plane to bring home the Dutch Olympic heroes on what was called the “Medal Flight”.

 

 

Photo: copyright KLM.

 

AeroGlass is the world’s only certified ultra-thin and lightweight glass product for aircraft interiors.  Up to 50% thinner and 25% lighter than traditional polycarbonate products yet highly robust as well as scratch and UV-resistant, AeroGlass Mirrors create the ultimate on-board experience inside business and commercial aircraft by providing superior optical quality via crystal-clear reflections.  Cost of ownership and maintenance are significantly reduced due to the product’s high level of durability and resistance to scratching when cleaning and handling. AeroGlass Mirrors are available in any color and when combined with integrated lighting feature provides high quality branding and luxurious personalization opportunities.

 

Peter Slobbe, Vice President Fleet Services KLM said, “We are proud to certify and introduce ultra-thin and feather light glass mirrors on all our future Boeing 777 retrofits. KLM devotes a great deal of time and energy to innovation, as well as to the development of new products and services. Certifying AeroGlass Mirrors from AGT will lead to new levels of passenger comfort and design as well as contributes to our on-going sustainability efforts.”

 

John Rietveldt, AviationGlass & Technology’s CEO, said, “As a Dutch company, we are excited that our own national airline is the first commercial carrier in the world to introduce our AeroGlass Mirrors on its retrofitted fleet of Boeing 777s.  This becomes even more prestigious by the fact that our AeroGlass Mirrors will also soon be installed on the “Orange Pride. Thousands of Dutch compatriots, including many of our national heroes, fly on this plane, making it truly an honour.  Our crystal-clear mirrors will add to the atmosphere of one of our much loved national treasures.”

 

Contact:

Gilliane Palmer

 

gilliane@aviationglass.aero     

+31 6 4189 9515      

 

About AviationGlass & Technology B.V.

AviationGlass & Technology, launched in 2012, specializes in the research, development and production of mirrors, transparencies and ornamental glass panels for commercial and business jet cabin interiors. Its state-of-the-art production facility in Voorthuizen, The Netherlands, produces superior glass products of the highest quality for aircraft cabin interiors. The company’s patented AeroGlass portfolio creates the ultimate on-board experience by providing superior optical quality via crystal-clear (99.9% transparent) panels and mirrors. AeroGlass is lightweight and ultra-thin (up to 50% thinner and 25% lighter than traditional polycarbonate products) yet highly robust as well as scratch and UV-resistant.

 

For more information, go to www.aviationglass.aero

 

 

 

 

Innovations4Flooring signs strategic partnership agreement with Kowon R&C Corporation


- Kowon co-owner of Windmöller LVT patents in the US
- John Rietveldt appointed as Managing Director
- Development of new LVT related IP
 

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a technology company providing flooring solutions, today announced that it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Kowon R&C Corporation based out of South Korea.  Kowon is co-owner of the Windmöller LVT patents rights in the US (US 8,071,193; US 8,857,127; US 8,728,603).  The partnership will focus on the development of new intellectual property in the LVT flooring product category, and represents a key next step in I4F’s strategy to build a new, strong and open IP company focused on the flooring industry.

Kowon and I4F also announced that in addition to his role as I4F’s CEO and Managing Director of Classen Intellectual Property, John Rietveldt becomes Managing Director of Kowon.

Kowon believes that this partnership with I4F will create more value with its share of Windmöller’s LVT patent rights in the US.  Furthermore, Kowon also believes that this agreement will facilitate its contribution to technical advancements in the LVT flooring product category.

Commenting on the new agreement, John Rietveldt said, “The partnership between Kowon R&C Corporation and I4F is significant as this company co-owns key US flooring technologies and has the ability, as well as the competence, to add new, meaningful LVT product innovations to the market. This is the next step on I4F’s path to revolutionize the global flooring industry through game changing innovations.”


Contact:
Gilliane Palmer                        
+31 6 4189 9515                        
gilliane@innovations4flooring.com

About Innovations4Flooring NV:
Based in Willemstad, Curaçao, Innovations4Flooring is a privately-owned technology company focused on the development of patents and flooring installation solutions. A Dutch private equity group holds a majority stake in the company.  I4F acquired a substantial share in Classen IP in January 2016.
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3L TripleLock and Click4U, provide a unique drop-lock installation technique for flooring panels that eliminates the need for an additional insert on the short side. This elimination provides manufacturers with the possibility to improve productivity levels as well as to reduce their costs and carbon footprint. International patents and patent applications for I4F’s technologies have been granted and filed in over 100 countries worldwide. 3L TripleLock provides a drop-lock installation innovation while Click4U provides an angle system on the long side and a drop-lock on the short side. The solution is suitable for laminate, luxury vinyl tiles, wood plastic composite, rigid core flooring, multi-layer flooring and wooden flooring panels.
 

Visit www.innovations4flooring.com

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Innovations4Flooring and Classen sign strategic partnership agreement

 

- I4F acquires a substantial share in Classen IP- John Rietveldt appointed as Managing Director 
- New partnership designed to accelerate innovation in flooring technology


WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO - Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a technology company providing flooring installation solutions, today announced that it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Classen Group. As part of the agreement, I4F has become a substantial shareholder in Classen Intellectual Property GmbH (Classen IP). The terms of the partnership were not disclosed. In addition to his position as CEO of I4F, John Rietveldt, also becomes Managing Director of Classen Intellectual Property. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Hannig, Chairman Classen Group, and Arne Loebel, Managing Director Classen Group, maintain their current roles as Directors at Classen IP.  

This strategic partnership will leverage both companies’ respective strengths in flooring innovation as well as patent portfolios to offer the global flooring industry cutting-edge floor-locking solutions.

Commenting on the new partnership, I4F said, “Clear synergies exist between I4F and Classen IP. We see Classen as a leading producer and innovator in flooring technologies that, when combined with our innovations and business development, will deliver outstanding new flooring technology solutions for the future.”

Contact:
Gilliane Palmer                        
+31 6 4189 9515                        
gilliane@innovations4flooring.com

 

About Innovations4Flooring NV:
Based in Willemstad, Curaçao, Innovations4Flooring is a privately-owned technology company focused on the development of patents and flooring installation solutions. A Dutch private equity group holds a majority stake in the company.    

3L TripleLock and Click4U, provide a unique drop-lock installation technique for flooring panels that eliminates the need for an additional insert on the short side. This elimination provides manufacturers with the possibility to improve productivity levels as well as to reduce their costs and carbon footprint. International patents and patent applications for I4F’s technologies have been granted and filed in over 100 countries worldwide. 3L TripleLock provides a drop-lock installation innovation while Click4U provides an angle system on the long side and a drop-lock on the short side. The solution is suitable for laminate, luxury vinyl tiles, wood plastic composite, rigid core flooring, multi-layer flooring and wooden flooring panels.  

Visit www.innovations4flooring.com

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Sekunjalo's Dr Survé joins forces with Dutch investor

Cape Town - Dr Iqbal Survé, the executive chairman of the Sekunjalo Group, and technology entrepreneur Marcel Boekhoorn, owner of Ramphastos Investments, on Tuesday announced a joint investment in a South African gold reclamation project.

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http://www.iol.co.za/business-report/companies/sekunjalos-dr-surv-joins-forces-with-dutch-investor-8092211

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Nederland en Duitsland versterken samenwerking innovatie

Nederland en Duitsland versterken de samenwerking op het gebied van innovatie en energie. Dat is de uitkomst van overleg tussen de Nederlandse en Duitse regeringen. In Eindhoven vond voor de tweede maal Nederlands-Duits regeringsoverleg plaats. Het overleg geeft blijk van de grote betekenis die wordt gehecht aan de nauwe en intensieve banden tussen beide landen. Nederland en Duitsland gaan samen internationale uitdagingen aan, als Europese en transatlantische partners.

Het accent bij het regeringsoverleg lag op het thema innovatie. Op de High Tech Campus in Eindhoven wisselden leden van de Nederlandse en de Duitse regering van gedachten over de verdere versterking van het innovatievermogen van beide landen. In diverse werkgroepen bespraken de leden van de kabinetten de inzet van innovatie op het gebied van energie, duurzaamheid en de overgang naar de digitale economie. Nederland en Duitsland kwamen overeen hun samenwerking op het gebied van innovatie en energie verder te intensiveren. Daarnaast werd gesproken over de actuele agenda voor de buitenlandse en Europese politiek.

Energie
Een van de afspraken is dat Nederland en Duitsland intensiever samen optrekken bij de innovatieve aanpak van de transitie naar een CO2-arme energievoorziening vóór 2050. Daarbij staat voorop dat de energievoorziening veilig en betrouwbaar blijft en bijdraagt aan de groei van economie en werkgelegenheid.

Digitalisering
Ook op het gebied van de digitale economie gaan Duitsland en Nederland nog intensiever samenwerken. Vooral de sector micro-elektronica speelt een sleutelrol bij de digitalisering van economie en maatschappij. Beide landen hebben hun steun uitgesproken voor het pakket maatregelen dat de Europese Commissie onlangs heeft gepresenteerd voor de digitalisering van de Europese industrie. Nederland en Duitsland zullen hun ervaringen op dit gebied onder meer uitwisselen via een jaarlijkse stakeholder-bijeenkomst.

Goede buren
Nederland en Duitsland onderhouden als goede buren van oudsher nauwe betrekkingen op zowel politiek, cultureel als economisch niveau. Beide landen behoren tot de meest innovatieve economieën van Europa. Aan weerszijden van de grens werken bedrijfsleven, onderzoeksinstituten en de overheid intensief samen aan innovatieve oplossingen. Deze samenwerking is grensoverschrijdend; ook op dit gebied trekken Nederland en Duitsland nauw met elkaar op.

In de marge van het regeringsoverleg werd een overeenkomst getekend tussen de Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) en Brainport Development. De Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zal een verbindingsbureau openen in Eindhoven.

Internationale samenwerking
Als founding fathers van de Europese samenwerking zijn Nederland en Duitsland vastbesloten de Europese Unie verder te versterken. Beide landen onderstrepen het belang van de Europese samenwerking voor het oplossen van de uitdagingen waar de EU voor staat. Daarbij gaat het om de vluchtelingenproblematiek, maar ook om het herstel van de economie en het scheppen van werkgelegenheid, onder meer via verdieping van de interne markt.

Duitsland en Nederland werken ook nauw samen op het gebied van veiligheid: in Mali, bij de strijd tegen IS, rond het conflict in Oekraïne en natuurlijk binnen de NAVO. De bilaterale militaire samenwerking, die zelfs wederzijdse detachering van militairen omvat, wordt sinds 2013 voortdurend geïntensiveerd en uitgebreid.

Behalve minister-president Rutte namen van Nederlandse zijde ook minister Koenders van Buitenlandse Zaken, minister Kamp van Economische Zaken en minister Bussemaker van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap deel aan de gesprekken. Namens Duitsland namen Bondskanselier Merkel, bondsminister Gabriel van Economische Zaken en Energie, bondsminister Steinmeier van Buitenlandse Zaken en staatssecretaris Schütte van Onderwijs en Onderzoek deel.

Het eerste Nederlands-Duitse regeringsoverleg vond in mei 2013 plaats in de Duitse grensplaats Kleve.

Bron: Rijksoverheid.nl
Foto's: Bram Saeys

Ally Financial Announces Acquisition of TradeKing Group

Expands digital financial services offering to include wealth management Apr 5, 2016 DETROIT

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire TradeKing Group, Inc., a digital wealth management company. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter and includes an online broker/dealer, a digital portfolio management platform, and educational content and social collaboration channels. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, as well as satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

"The addition of wealth management is the next key step in Ally's digital product evolution and will create a powerful combination of segment-leading direct banking and innovative investment services in a single integrated customer experience," said Ally Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Brown. "This transaction presents a compelling opportunity for customers and a logical growth opportunity for Ally." 

Brown continued, "The trend toward digitally-based financial services continues to gain momentum with consumers in general, and we see even greater opportunities ahead as the millennial generation begins to require a broader selection of financial products, including wealth management. We see strong alignment between Ally's loyal and digitally-savvy customer base and TradeKing's innovative, client-centric business. This transaction positions Ally to further capitalize on emerging market trends, drive additional efficient deposit growth and diversify our revenue stream by adding fee-based income – all of which we believe will enhance shareholder value over time." 

Earlier this year, Ally also announced it would add credit card and mortgage products to its Ally Bank franchise. 

Financial Outlook 

Ally will purchase TradeKing for approximately $275 million, subject to certain purchase price adjustments, representing approximately $250 million in premium to the acquired net assets. The transaction is expected to have a marginal impact on Ally's 2016 and 2017 results due to transaction costs, and be accretive in 2018 with meaningful growth potential in the future as consumer preferences drive a greater shift toward digital wealth management services. 

The TradeKing acquisition will not impact Ally's plan to pursue common stock dividends and a common stock repurchase program as part of its 2016 capital plan, which is subject to regulatory approval. Ally plans to move forward with the redemption of approximately $700 million of its Series A Preferred Stock outstanding; however, Ally will indefinitely defer the redemption of approximately $500 million of its trust preferred securities in support of this transaction. 

TradeKing 

TradeKing's offering consists of an online broker/dealer for self-directed investors, professionally-managed portfolios through an automated and fully-transparent online process, and an extensive set of educational content and social collaboration channels. TradeKing has approximately $4.5 billion in client assets, including approximately $1.1 billion of cash and cash investments, 260,000 funded accounts and 20,000 daily average revenue trades (DARTs). TradeKing has received 4 stars in Barron's Online Broker Survey for 10 consecutive years and was recently, once again, recognized on Barron's Online Broker Survey as one of the "Best for Options Traders". 

"Ally and TradeKing have a shared philosophy in bringing customers and clients an exceptional digitally-oriented experience, with award-winning customer service and competitive products,” said Diane Morais, CEO and president of the Ally Bank subsidiary. "We look forward to welcoming the TradeKing team to the Ally family as we aim to deliver additional products and services to our combined set of customers under the Ally brand, which is a recognized leader in digital financial services."

Commenting on the future customer opportunities, Morais said, "Ally has a loyal and growing base of customers who have a need for wealth management services and continually ask us to expand our offering. We also believe there is an opportunity to offer TradeKing clients competitive deposit products that can enhance their overall savings strategies, and we are optimistic about the future potential of the franchise we are building.” 

TradeKing is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and also has a significant presence in Charlotte, N.C. TradeKing's seasoned management team and workforce of approximately 180 team members will join Ally following the closing of the transaction and advance the growth strategy. 

Don Montanaro, CEO of TradeKing said, "We are thrilled to have found a partner who shares our core philosophy of delivering a great client experience digitally and through multiple channels. This is great news for our clients and our teammates, as we will continue to bring innovation and outstanding value to the marketplace, only now with the power and breadth of services of the Ally brand in our corner. We look forward to being part of this modern digital financial services company." 

Ally was advised on this transaction by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Jarrett Lilien and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. TradeKing was advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Cooley LLP. 

About Ally Financial 

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading U.S. financial services company. Ally's automotive services business offers a full spectrum of financial products and services, including new and used vehicle inventory and consumer financing, leasing, vehicle service contracts, commercial loans and vehicle remarketing services, as well as a variety of insurance offerings, including inventory insurance, insurance consultative services for dealers and other ancillary products. Ally Bank, the company's direct banking subsidiary and member FDIC, offers an array of deposit products, including certificates of deposit, savings accounts, money market accounts, IRA deposit products and interest checking. Ally's Corporate Finance unit provides financing to middle-market companies across a broad range of industries.

With approximately $158.6 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2015, Ally operates as a financial holding company. For more information, visit the Ally media site at http://media.ally.com or follow Ally on Twitter: @Ally. 

About TradeKing 

TradeKing Group, Inc. consists of companies with a singular focus on helping the independent investor succeed. TradeKing Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC, is TradeKing's flagship online broker/dealer for self-directed investors looking for a modern trading experience on any device at a simple, low price. TradeKing Advisors, Inc., an SEC registered investment advisor, offers investors a range of affordable, professionally-managed portfolios through an automated and fully-transparent online process, while TKconnect, LLC aims to provide an extensive set of educational, informative and entertaining content and social collaboration channels. TradeKing's investors include Velocity Capital of The Netherlands, Battery Ventures, OCA Ventures and the Quick Family of Quick & Reilly. For more, visit www.tradeking.com. 

Forward-Looking Statements

In this press release and in any related comments by Ally Financial Inc. ("Ally") management, the use of the words "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "forecast," "initiative," "objective," "plan,” "goal," "project," "outlook," "priorities," "target," "explore," "positions," "intend," "evaluate,” "pursue," "seek," "may," "would," "could," "should," "believe," "potential," "continue," or the negative of any of those words or similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements. All statements herein and in any related management comments, other than statements of historical fact, including without limitation, statements about future events and financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties. 

While these statements represent our current judgment on what the future may hold, and we believe these judgments are reasonable, these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results, and Ally's actual results may differ materially due to numerous important factors that are described in the most recent reports on SEC Forms 10-K and 10-Q for Ally, each of which may be revised or supplemented in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Such factors include, among others, the following: maintaining the mutually beneficial relationship between Ally and General Motors, and Ally and Chrysler, and our ability to further diversify our business; our ability to maintain relationships with automotive dealers; the significant regulation and restrictions that we are subject to as a bank holding company and financial holding company; the potential for deterioration in the residual value of off-lease vehicles; disruptions in the market in which we fund our operations, with resulting negative impact on our liquidity; changes in our accounting assumptions that may require or that result from changes in the accounting rules or their application, which could result in an impact on earnings; changes in our credit ratings; changes in economic conditions, currency exchange rates or political stability in the markets in which we operate; and changes in the existing or the adoption of new laws, regulations, policies or other activities of governments, agencies and similar organizations (including as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act and Basel III).

Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Ally undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors that affect the subject of these statements, except where expressly required by law. 

Contacts: 

Gina Proia

646-781-2692 

gina.proia@ally.com 

Andrea Puchalsky 

313-656-3798 

andrea.puchalsky@ally.com 

https://media.ally.com/2016-04-05-Ally-Financial-Announces-Acquisition-of-TradeKing-Group

 

aap sells biomaterials business for EUR 36 million and becomes a pure player in trauma with innovative technologies

Closing of the transaction will lead to adjustment of 2016 guidance; Postponement of publication of consolidated and annual financial statements 2015 

aap Implantate AG ("aap") signed a notarized share purchase agreement today with a leading European private equity firm for the sale of 100% of the company shares in its subsidiary aap Biomaterials GmbH, which has its registered office in Dieburg. The purchase price is based on an assumed enterprise value of aap Biomaterials GmbH of EUR 36 million and will be due for payment after closing of the transaction. The closing of the transaction is subject to the market standard conditions precedent, which are to be met within the next three months. Upon closing of the transaction, the existing profit and loss transfer agreement between aap and aap Biomaterials GmbH will be terminated.

The operation sold within the transaction (discontinued operation) consists of aap Biomaterials GmbH, which is specialized in the development, production and marketing of bone cements, mixing systems and related accessories, and aap's distribution business in this area. In 2015, the operation sold recorded sales based on preliminary figures amounting to EUR 16.0 million.

The closing of the transaction will result in a positive one-time deconsolidation effect on the earnings level. The company plans to use part of the proceeds to finance further growth and to distribute part of them to its shareholders.

The complete consolidated and annual financial statements as of 31 December 2015 of aap will be published by 29 April 2016 the latest. The reason for the delay in the publication is the sale of aap Biomaterials GmbH, which must already be stated as a so-called discontinued operation in the consolidated financial statements for 2015. This leads to extensive reporting requirements in the notes and the management report as well as in various presentations of results in the consolidated financial statements.

Upon closing of the transaction, aap's previous sales and EBITDA forecast for the 2016 financial year will be no longer valid. The company will publish a new and updated guidance for the current financial year after closing. In this context, aap aims to announce also further details regarding the use of a part of the proceeds for the benefit of the shareholders.

The closing of the transaction is the last step in the transformation of aap from a general medtech company to a pure player in trauma.

 

VoiceTrust and USoft merge to form BioTrust, a leading player in the global biometrics market

BioTrust, a company that offers biometric security solutions, has been formed by the union of biometric specialist VoiceTrust and business application developer USoft. Biotrust specializes in technologies such as voice and facial recognition, and fingerprint security.

Merging company VoiceTrust is fully owned by Ramphastos Investments, led by entrepreneur-investor Marcel Boekhoorn. Mr. Boekhoorn seeks to invest in innovative emerging technology companies that have a unique market position with global capabilities. The solid backing by Ramphastos Investments makes up the majority of the 80 million euros that are invested in BioTrust.

BioTrust is a leading player in the global biometrics market, offering its services to more than 1.5 million users worldwide, including leading companies like DHL and ITV. BioTrust joins forces with research partners such as the Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM) to maintain the latest technology.

Analysts predict that spending on biometric authentication will double within in the next three years across finance, government, healthcare and travel sectors. By 2024, the industry is expected to gross $67 billion.

BioTrust is well-positioned for growth, with 25 years of sector experience across five continents. The company is working to address authentication trends by lowering costs, improving safety and user convenience, and integrating existing cloud-based solutions. The company plans to expand its footprint by following a buy-and-build strategy, combining organic growth with targeted acquisitions to build the firm’s IP.

For coverage and analysis of the merger on MergerMarket, click here.

 

Ramphastos Investments sells its portfolio of shares in men’s fashion brand Suitsupply

Ramphastos Investments, owned and led by entrepreneur-investor Marcel Boekhoorn, sold its portfolio of shares in Suitsupply to Fokke de Jong, the founder and CEO of the men’s fashion retailer. Ramphastos Investments held 33 percent of the company’s shares together with Jeroen Schothorst and Ben Kolff. The three parties sold their shares to de Jong, who, together with his management team, now has full ownership of the growing retail brand.

More information about the deal can be found on Dutch business news site Z24 here in Dutch, and here in English.

 

Ramphastos Investments completes the sale of Campus Diemen Zuid luxury student residences

Ramphastos Investments, owned and led by entrepreneur-investor Marcel Boekhoorn, has sold the Campus at Diemen Zuid to the American Greystar Real Estate Partners. The company had bought and converted 50,000 cubic meters of empty office buildings into luxury student residences in a campus with multiple facilities and services. The campus consists of five buildings with 939 individual apartments and retail outlets.

More information can be found in an article in Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad here in Dutch, and here in English.

 

AviationGlass & Technology Makes History with First Ever Aviation Authority Approval of Lightweight Glass Products for Aircraft Interiors

Voorthuizen, The Netherlands - AviationGlass & Technology, a Dutch company specialized in the research, development and production of glass products for the aviation industry, today announced that it has made aviation history by receiving the first ever aviation authority approval on ultra-thin, lightweight glass mirrors and panels for aircraft cabin interiors.   

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of its AeroGlass Lens to replace all protective inner window panes in the passenger cabin, as well as its AeroGlass Mirror for lavatory finishes in a Falcon 900 business jet.   AviationGlass & Technology also received a Production Organization Approval (POA) Certificate from the EASA, certifying that its production facility in Voorthuizen, The Netherlands, has the required quality system in place permitting it to supply products globally to the aviation industry (in compliance with EASA Part 21G).            

To obtain the STC, the AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens successfully passed all the rigorous safety tests required by the EASA, including the 21 joules ball impact test, abuse load tests* and head impact tests to ensure that the glass can safely withstand forceful contact.

Lightweight and ultra-thin (up to 50% thinner and 25% lighter than traditional polycarbonate products) yet highly robust as well as scratch and UV-resistant, the patented AeroGlass creates the ultimate on-board experience inside business and commercial aircraft by providing superior optical quality via crystal-clear (99.9% transparent) panels and mirrors.  Cost of ownership and maintenance are significantly reduced due to Aeroglass' high level of durability and resistance to scratching when cleaning and handling. AeroGlass is available as AeroGlass Mirror, ideal for lavatory finishes and other mirror applications, AeroGlass Lens, a scratch-resistant inner window panel, and AeroGlass Interior, for interior doors, bulkheads and kitchen appliances.

John Rietveldt, Chief Executive Officer, said, "These EASA certifications are significant for the industry as, since 2010, more stringent conditions apply to permit the use of glass inside aircraft cabins and this is the first time any aviation authority has approved the production and installation of such lightweight glass for the interior of an aircraft. For us it also represents a solid step forward in the realization of our vision to upgrade aircraft cabin interiors while guaranteeing safety, which remains of paramount importance. Our breakthrough AeroGlass products, available in virtually any size and shape, provide endless possibilities to create the ultimate on-board experience. Business jet owners and commercial line passengers travelling will soon begin to ‘see the difference' compared to traditional, polycarbonate or acrylic plastic products through crystal clear reflections in AeroGlass Mirrors and scratch-free views via AeroGlass Lens for inner window panes."

 

Herfinanciering van 85 miljoen euro voor High Tech Campus

11 juni 2015 - Ramphastos Real Estate Investments, de vastgoedonderneming van Marcel Boekhoorn, heeft een lening van 85 miljoen euro aangetrokken van Berlin Hyp voor de herfinanciering van de High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

De High Tech Campus huisvest meer dan 135 bedrijven en zo'n 10.000 onderzoekers op een vierkante kilometer met 45.000 m2 faciliteiten voor onderzoek en ontwikkeling, 185.000 m2 kantoorruimte en 6.000 m2 voor beginnende ondernemingen. Een gebied van 125.000 m2 kan nog worden ontwikkeld. De Campus helpt de innovatie van bedrijven te versnellen dankzij het verschaffen van toegang tot hightech faciliteiten en een internationaal netwerk. Gelegen in het hart van Brainport zijn de Campusbedrijven verantwoordelijk voor bijna 40% van alle patentaanvragen in Nederland.

Adelaer Real Estate Finance trad op als adviseur van Ramphastos Real Estate Investments en bracht de vastgoedonderneming in contact met Berlin Hyp. Cushman & Wakefield adviseerde Berlin Hyp over de waardering van High Tech Campus. Loyens en Loeff trad op als adviseur van de financier. Nauta Dutilh stond Ramphastos bij op juridisch gebied.

High Tech Campus eigenaar Marcel Boekhoorn is verheugd over deze transactie: "Met de herfinanciering door Berlin Hyp ontstaat voor de High Tech Campus ruimte om verder te investeren in de concurrentiepositie van de High Tech Campus als een van de leidende science parken in de wereld".

 

Mazarine & ETAP discover oil in well Chouchet El Atrous-1 (CAT -1) Well in the Zaafrane Permit, Central Tunisia

The Hague, April 2015 - Mazarine Energy B.V., a private international upstream oil and gas exploration and production company, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Mazarine Energy Tunisia B.V., and partner ETAP (Entreprise Tunisienne d'Activités Pétrolières) have discovered 38 m of net oil-bearing reservoir in well CAT-1 well in the Zaafrane permit in Central Tunisia. The main objective of well CAT-1 was to test the hydrocarbon potential of the Ordovician El Hamra and El Atchane Formations. Extensive logging and sampling proved the El Hamra and El Atchane sands to contain 19 m and 19 m of net pay respectively. During a production test, well CAT-1 well flowed, constrained by surface facilities, at a rate of 4,300 barrels of oil per day and 395,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day.

CAT-1 well is the first of a two-well drilling campaign. The Zaafrane permit spans an area of 5,168 Sq Km within a historically prolific oil and gas producing region. Mazarine Energy is the operator of the Zaafrane permit with ETAP and MEDEX as partners.The well was drilled by CTF (CompagnieTunisienne de Forage (CTF ) to a total depth of 3950 m.

"We are delighted to announce the first discovery in the Zaafrane permit. The CAT-1 well is not only a success in its own right, it also upgrades the resource potential of a string of prospects in this large permit, notably DGH-1 our next well on the sequence," said Mazarine Energy Executive Chairman Edward van Kersbergen. "We look forward to fast-track development of this discovery."

 

Ramphastos Investments invests in real estate venture Tribes: a new flexible workspace proposition

Ramphastos Investments, owned and led by entrepreneur-investor Marcel Boekhoorn, has invested in Tribes, an office concept providing flexible business workspace rental. The real estate venture is the brainchild of Eduard Schaepman, former CEO of Regus Benelux. Schaepman plans to convert and open 11 locations into technology- and multi-service-enabled spaces across the Benelux within the first year. He and eyes expansion through franchisees to London and beyond. Ramphastos Investments is joined in the investment by Dutch entrepreneur Michiel Mol and Philip Cracco, founder of the Belgian employment agency Accent Group.

More information can be found in an article in Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad here in Dutch, and here in English.

 

Marcel Boekhoorn and Ramphastos Investments profiled in March issue of Quote, The Netherlands’ leading business magazine

In exclusive interview Boekhoorn discusses the revolutionary technology of Antenna Company and portfolio businesses poised for global breakthrough

Rhenen, 20 February 2014 - The leading Dutch business magazine Quote has devoted the lead article of its March issue to a profile of Marcel Boekhoorn and his company Ramphastos Investments B.V. In an exclusive interview with journalist Stefan Vermeulen, Boekhoorn explains that Ramphastos is on the verge of a global breakthrough thanks to the enormous growth potential of a number of its portfolio companies. Boekhoorn highlights three businesses in particular: wireless hardware manufacturer Antenna Company, voice authentication software company VoiceTrust and high tech glass producer Aviation Glass. A summary of Boekhoorn's contribution to the interview appears below. The full text of the article will be available in English and Dutch as of 20 March.

Click here for the full text of the article in English.

Click here to see the original article in Dutch.

Turning the wireless world on its head

Boekhoorn explains to Quote how the revolutionary patented technology in Antenna Company's new polymer antennas will turn the world of wireless mobile devices on its head by massively boosting the speed and amount of data transferred and sharply reducing interference and energy use. Data communication grows exponentially each year, and as more devices are equipped with wireless features (a development known as the ‘internet of everything'), that trend will stay steady for years to come. Boekhoorn explains that current antennas, whose technology hasn't changed for twenty years, are ill equipped to manage the load. Interest in Antenna Company's new product among the world's leading manufacturers of smartphones, routers, radar equipment and other wireless devices is enormous, Boekhoorn adds. The first orders have been placed, and production is scheduled to start in March.

Three criteria for success

The three companies profiled in the Quote article are exemplary of the investments that Ramphastos has made over the past five years. All these investments have met one of the following two investment criteria: they have a unique competitive position (unique product or service, patented technology or market leadership); they owe their existence to a strong underlying trend (such as an ageing population, privacy and security, connectivity). And in all cases they have met a third criterion: global growth potential.

The Ramphastos difference

Boekhoorn makes clear in the interview that whereas he has a gift for spotting and negotiating deals, Ramphastos is not a one-man show. Its success comes from the strength of the team. To achieve the best results, Boekhoorn believes in teaming with the best in the business. He and his eleven partners invest in all portfolio companies as does the management of the respective companies. What sets Ramphastos apart is the following: "For us it's not about fast money. We want to create value. We work like a family company - we're patient and look long-term. And make no mistake: our results are many times greater than those of other private equity investors. Some of them are happy with returns of fifteen or twenty percent. We achieve returns of up to three thousand percent."

Passion for innovation

Boekhoorn explains that Ramphastos' portfolio embraces a broad spectrum from manufacturers of classic, tangible products like doors (Doorwin) and textiles (McGregor); to technology companies focused on tangible products like glass (Aviation Glass) and hardware (Antenna Company) to software and web-enabled services (Third Motion, VoiceTrust, Tradeking.com); to real estate; and most recently energy (Kenda nTech energy technology fund). In the interview, Stefan Vermeulen asks Marcel specifically about his enthusiasm for the largest investment in the real estate portfolio, High Tech Campus. Boekhoorn's reply underlines a personal passion for innovation that's tangible when he talks about the Campus and about the three soon to be global companies: "For me what's so exciting about the Campus is having seat in the heart of high-tech developments in The Netherlands. The Campus is the number one example of open innovation and the future of research and development. The Netherlands stands out worldwide in this area. The Campus is a true pearl of our economy. It's also home to hugely promising start-ups like Antenna Company."

 

Mazarine Energy enters North Africa, taking a 90% operating interest in the Zaafrane license in central Tunisia

New Dutch oil and gas exploration and production company starts USD 50 million appraisal and development of onshore oil assets

Tunis, 12 February 2014 - In the presence of His Excellency Mr. Kamel Ben Naceur, Tunisia's Minister of Industry and Energy, an investor group led by upstream oil and gas company Mazarine Energy B.V. ("Mazarine Energy" or the "Company") was pleased to announce yesterday that it had agreed with Medex Petroleum Limited ("Medex") to acquire a 90% participating (100% paying) interest in and operatorship of the onshore Tunisian Zaafrane license. The agreement involves a phased investment of USD 50 million for the appraisal and development of the license. The announcement was made at an event hosted by the Dutch Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Hans van Vloten Dissevelt, to mark the arrival of Mazarine Energy in Tunisia.

Mazarine Energy is joined in the investor group amongst others by Ramphastos Investments N.V., the investment company of Dutch investor- entrepreneur Marcel Boekhoorn and Argos Energy Invest B.V., the investment company of Dutch entrepreneur Peter Goedvolk.

The Zaafrane license spans over 5,000 km2 in central Tunisia and includes more than 100 MMboe (million barrels of oil equivalent) of net contingent resources through extensions of the neighboring Sabria producing field into the Zaafrane license and through a string of prospects within the license. The area has been internationally recognized as highly promising with significant unconventional resources. The Zaafrane license and adjacent licenses in the area have attracted the interest of supermajors and large independents. 

Mazarine Energy is a subsurface-driven private oil and gas exploration and production company focused on early-stage exploration and field development. The company is owned and chaired by Dutch entrepreneur Edward Van Kersbergen. Edward founded Mazarine Energy after selling his share in upstream oil and gas consultancy Xodus Group. He took a majority stake in the company in 2011 and served as its Executive Chairman. Prior to joining Xodus, Edward founded and sold companies Horizon Energy Partners and Oyster Energy. 

Mazarine Energy has completed acquisition of 3D seismic data over the extensions of the Sabria and the two main prospects. After processing and interpretation of the 3D seismic data and the integration of older, existing 2D seismic lines, the company will drill a first well in the second half of 2014. In a subsequent phase, Mazarine Energy will drill a sequence of intermitting exploration and development wells to unlock the area's enormous hydrocarbon potential.

The acquisition in Tunisia is Mazarine Energy's first and fits within company's strategy to pursue first class conventional oil and gas opportunities with significant unconventional growth potential. Mazarine Energy promises access to full funding for its acquisitions and speedy added value through an efficient and highly targeted approach to operations. 

Under the terms of the agreement Medex will retain a 10% participating interest. The Tunisian government has granted Mazarine Energy the requisite license extension. 

Mazarine Energy's CEO Edward van Kersbergen: "I am pleased to announce Mazarine Energy's first international acquisition, which gives us an operating platform in Tunisia. I am also pleased to have Medex Petroleum as a partner and look forward to partnering with ETAP in the future in the exploration, appraisal and development of this large, under-explored and under-developed area that has huge potential. The opportunity is ideal for Mazarine Energy. It allows us to deploy our operating, development and exploration expertise in a license with over 100 MMboe of net contingent resources."

Mazarine Energy is actively reviewing additional opportunities in North and West Africa, Australia and Colombia and plans to announce a second, separate agreement in one of these regions in the first quarter of 2014.

 

Mazarine and Ramphastos in Het Financieel Dagblad, 12 February 2014 (ENG)

Mazarine and Ramphastos in Het Financieel Dagblad, 12 February 2014 (NL)

 

Investors Boekhoorn and Van Kersbergen team up with Kenda Capital

Entrepreneur-investors bundle investment management and sector expertise to pursue investments in energy technologies

Rijswijk, Netherlands, and Houston, 13 November 2013 - Dutch investors Marcel Boekhoorn and Edward van Kersbergen and Kenda Capital B.V. have partnered to form Kenda nTech B.V. to manage investments in energy technologies. The partners aim to combine Mr. Boekhoorn's multi-sector investment management experience and Mr. van Kersbergen's energy segment expertise with Kenda Capital B.V.'s oil and gas technology investment maturation skills.

Over the last twenty years, Marcel Boekhoorn has built an exemplary track record as one of Europe's most successful private equity investors and entrepreneurs. Through his investment company, Ramphastos Investments N.V., Mr. Boekhoorn holds interests in companies in a wide range of sectors. Within Kenda nTech B.V, Mr. Boekhoorn and his partners aim to bring together necessary skills and experience to actively manage new investments in the growing energy technology sector.

Co-investor and former Shell oil and gas engineer, Edward van Kersbergen has invested in, founded and managed a number of companies in the energy sector. Mr. van Kersbergen recently served as Executive Chairman of Xodus, an upstream oil and gas consultancy, where he helped triple the company's business in two years' time. In July he sold his majority shares in Xodus to the Japanese engineering company Chiyoda. He remains active as advisor to Xodus.

Kenda Capital B.V. is the independent manager of Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1 B.V., a large technology venture capital fund in oil and gas technology owned by Shell Technology Ventures B.V., Coller Capital, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Kenda Capital B.V. Kenda Capital is mandated to accelerate the development and deployment of new technologies across the energy sector of Fund 1's existing portfolio companies,. Kenda Capital B.V. has incubated, built and sold a number of successful companies that bring innovative equipment and services to the oil and gas industry.

Kenda Capital B.V.'s Erik Vollebregt commented: "Kenda Capital are delighted with combining forces with Marcel Boekhoorn and Edward van Kersbergen. Their track record and industry understanding will help drive value for Kenda nTech B.V.'s investments."

 

 

Boekhoorn:

A boost for the Netherlands as a pioneer of innovation. That is the aim of the investor consortium led by Marcel Boekhoorn, which today took over the real estate and management of High Tech Campus Eindhoven in the biggest single-asset real estate deal in Dutch history.

Eindhoven, 30 March 2012 - A boost for the Netherlands as a pioneer of innovation. That is the aim of the investor consortium led by Marcel Boekhoorn, which today took over the real estate and management of High Tech Campus Eindhoven in the biggest single-asset real estate deal in Dutch history.

Royal Philips Electronics is selling the real estate of High Tech Campus Eindhoven for 425 million euros. The deal includes 246,000 square metres of built-up area plus 130,000 square metres for the development of office and R&D facilities. The consortium consists of members of the Boekhoorn family, the board and management of Boekhoorn M&A B.V. and Chalet Group. Chalet Group will acquire the Campus Site Management (CSM) organisation, which runs - and will continue to run - the daily operations at High Tech Campus Eindhoven. Chalet Group will also be responsible for the asset management of the Campus.

"ONCE IN A LIFETIME"

Boekhoorn: "When Philips decided to sell the Campus buildings and part of the infrastructure, we were enthusiastic immediately. The Campus is home to some outstanding companies such as Philips, NXP and IBM, and prestigious knowledge institutes. This mix of entrepreneurship and knowledge forms a unique ecosystem where more than eight thousand highly trained people work in a top-notch setting. The chance of an acquisition like that only comes along once in a lifetime. It is a logical step in our strategy for continued investment in innovative companies." Through his investment company, Ramphastos Investments N.V., Boekhoorn has acquired majority shareholdings in dozens of innovative enterprises in recent years, venturing into fields as diverse as telecommunications, fashion, flight simulators, innovative consumer goods, media and financial services. An overview of activities can be found at www.ramphastosinvestments.com. Boekhoorn: "These businesses, without exception, share an impassioned commitment to innovation. Now we can take a giant step forward to stay on top of the game innovation-wise in and around Eindhoven and in the Netherlands in general."

OPEN INNOVATION

High Tech Campus Eindhoven was designed and realised along the lines of the Open Innovation principle, which revolves around the sharing of knowledge, skills and state-of-the-art facilities. Thousands of expert technologists work on the Campus on a space measuring less than a square kilometre. Innovations are realised faster in inspiring and motivating working environments with knowledge-sharing opportunities. The Campus is part of the Brainport Top Technology Region, which profiles itself as ‘a breeding ground for innovation and the home base for companies and world-class knowledge and research institutes'. In June 2011 Brainport was proclaimed the ‘world's smartest region' by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), an international think tank for economic and social development which draws up an annual league table of intelligent communities. ICF called Brainport an ‘example of a new vision of cooperation and regional development'.

Boekhoorn: "We will do everything possible in the coming years, in partnership with the Municipality of Eindhoven, the Province of North Brabant and the current occupants of the Campus, to make optimal use of the much-acclaimed innovation strengths and potential of High Tech Campus Eindhoven. Chalet Group and CSM are working hard to persuade leading-edge companies from inside and outside the Netherlands to settle at the Campus." Boris Brummelhuis, Managing Director of Chalet Group: "After this acquisition the assets that Chalet Group will manage for Marcel Boekhoorn will extend across a real estate portfolio worth more than one and half billion euros. We aim to achieve equanimity, reliability and stability in the real estate that we manage, also in the longer term." General Manager of Campus Site Management Frans Schmetz: "This is a crucial step in the further international development of the Open Innovation ecosystem with new investments and initiatives in the years ahead." Bert Pauli, delegate for Economic Affairs and Government at the Province of North Brabant: "We look forward to being involved in the future developments at High Tech Campus Eindhoven and to promoting economic growth and top-quality employment in the region."

About Chalet Group

Chalet Group is a young and professional real estate investment and management company for private investors. Within one year of being established in 2009, it has grown into one of the biggest private real-estate investors in the Netherlands with a managed portfolio worth over one billion euros. Chalet Group is headquartered in the World Trade Center in Amsterdam. www.chaletgroup.nl.

About High Tech Campus Eindhoven

High Tech Campus Eindhoven is an R&D ecosystem of more than 100 companies and institutes, and some 8,000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs, who together are working on developing the technologies and products of tomorrow. The preferred work approach at the Campus is Open Innovation: Campus companies share knowledge, skills and R&D facilities in order to achieve faster, better and more customer-oriented innovation. The companies on the Campus focus on such fields of technology as High Tech Systems, Microsystems, Embedded Systems, Life Sciences and Infotainment. Taking these domains as their starting point, they create global innovations, most notably in the application fields Health, Experience and Energy. www.hightechcampus.com

End of press release. For further information please call Boris Brummelhuis, Chalet Group on (+31)(0)20 - 333 1220.