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WVT Industries and Sofindev conclude a partnership

{ 23 mei, 2019 }

WVT Industries and Sofindev conclude a partnership to support the further growth of WVT Industries

With a view to strengthening its international growth, Ward Van Thielen, CEO and shareholder of WVT Industries, has reached an agreement with Sofindev for an entry into the group’s capital. CEO Ward Van Thielen remains an important shareholder and responsible for the daily management of WVT Industries.

WVT Industries, with its production division in Aartselaar, Belgium, is a fast-growing company specializing in research, development, production and sales of industrial cleaning products. WVT Industries was formed in 1997 by Ward Van Thielen and quickly grew into a leading player in the European industrial cleaning market.

WVT Industries’ client portfolio consists mainly of European companies from various industry sectors: from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries to the automotive sector, aviation, metal industry, marine, waste processing and transport. WVT Industries offers its customers an extensive range of safe and ecologically (environmentally) responsible industrial cleaning agents. The total range consists of more than 650 products, ranging from solvents and acids to alkaline cleaners. In addition, the company specializes in responding to the detailed needs of industrial customers by developing tailor-made cleaning chemicals to solve specific cleaning problems. WVT Industries is also a supplier of cleaning products for private label customers.

In recent years, WVT Industries embarked on a focused strategic growth strategy and owes its success to its wide range of high-quality, custom-made detergents, employing highly specialised formulation expertise combined with a flexible and automated production and distribution platform.

In 2018, WVT Industries completed its first acquisition by acquiring the Dutch company StarMarine Chemicals. StarMarine Chemicals has 35 years of expertise in marine cleaning chemicals, water treatment, tank cleaning agents and other products for the maritime industry. This international Dutch market leader has an extensive distribution network through ports in more than 20 countries. The acquisition has enabled WVT Industries to gain even smoother access to the world ports and international marine chemical market, creating new opportunities for WVT Industries and its private label solutions.

With the entry of Sofindev, Ward Van Thielen brings a strong financial and strategic partner on board. This will allow WVT to continue the strong growth of its activities, both in its home market of Belgium and internationally, both organically and through acquisitions.

Ward Van Thielen, managing director of WVT Industries:

“The entry of Sofindev into our capital is another milestone in the growth and development of WVT Industries. With Sofindev we bring a complementary partner on board who has the same no-nonsense mentality as our team and an attitude and vision for the future that perfectly match the current needs and ambitions of our company. WVT Industries has been able to develop a strong and fairly unique position in a number of industrial cleaning market niches and we are now faced with the challenge of further expanding our range and internationalising our business including through acquisitions. With the input of Sofindev, we are armed to further strengthen our market position and to develop our platform internationally.”

Jan Camerlynck, Partner Sofindev:

“We are deeply impressed by the quality of the WVT team led by Ward, who has positioned WVT as a leading player in the market for environmentally responsible industrial cleaning. We are very pleased to be able to guide WVT’s’ growth strategy in this promising sector.”

Sofindev is an established player in the Belgian private equity market, investing in small and medium sized companies since 1991, with the objective to drive growth and professionalism and the mission to be the preferred partner of ambitious entrepreneurs and management teams. Sofindev launched a new fund in 2015, Sofindev IV, which was closed in March 2016 with 107 MEUR capital commitments. WVT Industries is the eight investment of Sofindev IV, next to Fedrus International (production and trade of specialty building materials for roof and façade), Geodynamics (fleet management and time registration software for mobile workers), Novy (cooker hoods), Group Claes (specialty wholesaler to the food retail and food processing sectors), Companyweb (online business and credit information provider) and Mabo-Lifting (specialised forklifts). The investment in House of Talents (HR services for shortage occupations) was sold in February 2019.

In this transaction, Sofindev was advised by Deloitte, Argo Law and Arthur D. Little. Nielen Schuman, PwC and Stibbe were the advisors to WVT Industries.

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An eco-friendly gas washing solution? Get to know Gaswash L-VOC Free!

{ 17 mei, 2019 }

There are certain gaseous components that may pollute your liquid or vapour stream. At this point the solution loses its effect, and environmental issues may arise. However, it is possible to remove these contaminants from your process stream. By using a gas washing technique, with the appropriate absorbing fluid, the process stream regains its initial power and performance.

Eco-friendly Gaswash L-VOC Free

One of the products added to improve the contaminant removal in the gas washing process is Gaswash L VOC Free. Our unique absorbing fluid removes non-polar organic matter, making it the perfect choice for capturing gaseous substances. At the same time, the product is perfectly applicable to liquid components.

Gaswash L VOC Free is thus perfectly suited for filtering out non-polar gases using gas washing installations. Since the gases are retained and Gaswash L VOC Free itself does not contain any VOC, the outflow following the gas washing process will no longer contain any non-polar VOC components.

The advantages of Gaswash L-VOC Free

Gaswash L-VOC Free is an excellent product when it comes to washing gasstream, eliminating hazardous non-polar contaminants. In addition, the product has some competitive advantages compared to other available products:

  • The product is a VOC-free formulation and has no hazard classification according to CLP. It is therefore safe to use, both for the user and the environment.
  • Gaswash L-VOC Free has a very high flash point (120 °C), which means there is only a small risk of fire when using this product.
  • The product does not release vapours or gases, so using a respiratory mask is not required.
  • Since Gaswash L-VOC Free is water-insoluble, it will not affect the function of an oil/water separator.

Gas washing with Gaswash L-VOC free: how does it work?

Gas washing does require some technical knowledge to determine the right scrubber and the most suitable absorption liquid.

There are a few things to keep in mind during this process:

  • Every pollution is a unique one. It is therefore crucial to thoroughly examine the polluted liquid in the first place. The absorption capacity and flow rate must be adjusted as such.
  • The contaminated liquid or vapour stream is guided through the gas scrubber. We recommend reducing the flow through the gas scrubber to a minimum. This maximises the contact time and will improve the elimination rate of the contaminants from the gas stream.
  • The absorption of gases can be perfectly monitored by measuring the VOC emissions after the washing process. This last check also gives a good indication of the solution’s saturation and when you need to replace it.
  • As long as the VOC remains low, your gas washing solution (such as our eco-friendly Gaswash L VOC Free) still has sufficient absorption capacity. If the VOC increases, the liquid becomes saturated and you need to replace it. This way the liquid can be used to its fullest extent and an early replacement can be avoided.

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Graffiti Off: a revolutionary product without side-effects

{ 28 maart, 2019 }

Graffiti artists typically create beautiful pieces of art. Unfortunately however, graffiti is also often used to damage trains, buildings or doors. Luckily there are countless graffiti removers which can remove the graffitied areas very quickly. However, these chemical removing agents involve a lot of cost and the use of harmful substances.

Graffiti Off 19

Recently WVT Industries ago were contacted by the Belgian railway company who continuously have to deal with graffiti on their trains. The traditional chemical removers that were being used, were are not only harmful to the environment but also to the users. This meant that significant additional costs were involved with the purchase of extra Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Graffiti Off 19 now provides a different option by using a specifically developed chemical for the removal of graffiti, ink and markings on metal, stone, tiles, … in a safe and environmentally responsible way. In fact, this revolutionary liquid product does not indicate any GHS (dangerous) symbols on its labelling.

The advantages of Graffiti Off 19

Graffiti Off 19 removes graffiti by penetrating its structure and decomposing it. This process reduces the adhesive strength of the graffiti on the surface, which makes it easier to remove.

This highly efficient product comes with a number of other advantages:

  • The liquid product is VOC free (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • You can apply Graffiti Off 19 to a variety of surfaces
  • Graffiti Off 19 is a personal, environmental and material-friendly chemical liquid
  • The product can be applied safely and it works quickly

In summary this reduces security costs and doesn’t require additional investment in Personal Protective Equipment.

How to use Graffiti Off?

The product must be used undiluted. 

1- Graffiti Off 19 can be applied with a brush, sponge or atomizer.
2- Apply the product to the graffiti for 60 seconds by using rotating movements.
3- After 1-5 minutes (depending on the graffiti’s nature and thickness), you can wipe it off with a clean cloth or rinse with a high-pressure cleaning machine.  The exposure time depends on the nature and layer thickness of the graffiti.
4- Repeat the treatment if necessary.

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WVT Is ook op Interclean 2014 in Amsterdam

{ 20 maart, 2014 }

Interclean 2014 in Amsterdam

Interclean noemt zichzelf ’s werelds belangrijkste beurs voor de reinigingsindustrie en dat zijn geen holle woorden. Dit jaar zijn er zo’n 600 standhouders geregistreerd, waaronder voor de eerste maal ook WVT Industries. Kom ons dus een bezoek brengen in de Amsterdamse RAI
tussen 6 en 9 mei 2014.

Wilt u ons liever in België een beursbezoek brengen, dan kan dat uiteraard ook. Naar goede gewoonte staat WVT Industries ook dit jaar op de Maintenance 2014 beurs in Antwerpen. Op 26 en 27 maart bent u van harte welkom in Antwerp Expo.

Genoeg redenen dus om ons in 2014 een bezoekje te brengen!