The DNA of the family business
VADO is a Dutch investment company founded by the Van Doorne family after the sale of the DAF companies in the seventies and eighties. The uniqueness of the family business, the entrepreneurship and the interest in technology and innovation is therefore still present at VADO. Our focus is on companies with a passion for technology that provide added value to people and society with their innovative solutions.
We are a long-term investor and attach great value to entrepreneurship. Every company is given the space to pursue further healthy growth through innovations and acquisitions. Our team consists of people with extensive experience in the industry. We are interested in technology and always eager to get to know new companies and entrepreneurs.
Investment focus on manufacturing companies
VADO invests in manufacturing companies, where technology is omnipresent. Craftsmanship plays a crucial role and the development of employees receives a great deal of attention. The atmosphere is often informal and collegial and everyone feels part of the team, of “the family”. We strive for a match between the people and culture of the company and those of VADO. Our origins are in Brabant, but our playing field has since expanded to the Netherlands and Flanders.
The VADO portfolio of companies consists of three clusters of companies:
- Cluster Metals & Plastics Supply Companies that develop and produce components and modules for leading OEMs and players in various end markets;
- Cluster Machinery & Equipment Manufacturing with companies that produce complex and high-quality systems and products;
- Cluster Specialist Companies that, with their unique expertise, experience or technology, are able to achieve market leadership in a niche.
Everything starts with a personal connection
Having a cup of coffee, thinking together about entrepreneurship, strategy and culture, is often a first step to determine whether there is a good connection between an entrepreneur and VADO. We find it important to know what the entrepreneur’s ambition is and what their plans are for the company.
We invest from a long-term perspective and strive for a partnership in which the entrepreneur is given all the freedom they need to grow the company in a healthy way.
We support the management by, for example, helping them consider the necessary development of the organisation, accelerating growth by enabling acquisitions (“buy & build” development), elaborating strategic options, and providing growth capital.
We bring in expertise, enjoy exchanging ideas with management, and stimulate cooperation and the sharing of knowledge between our companies.
“Anvil Industries is a group of companies that complement each other seamlessly to serve the high-tech industry.” Although we are a group of companies under VADO ownership, we have a high degree of independence. Entrepreneurial behaviour is taken as the starting point for healthy cooperation.”View company
“Culobel has been part of the VADO family for nearly 30 years. That in itself is unique! I have been leading Culobel for 25 years and have always enjoyed working for VADO. The no-nonsense entrepreneurial mentality greatly appeals to me. Culobel has grown strongly over the past 20 years, and this was only possible due to the personal support and space you and your company get at VADO.”View company
“Our group of companies makes it possible for us as Contour not only to supply high-quality sheet metal work, but - by using numerous components and competences of our sister organisations - also complex, assembled modules. So, if you want to be unburdened in an environment where cooperation is the norm and the customer is the focal point, you can stop searching!”View company
“VADO makes it possible to do business with the spirit of a family company, a high degree of family culture, and with the necessary expertise to act as a 'sounding board' at group level. This brings out the best in entrepreneurs.”View company
“Our companies fit well together. We are a family businesses with a similar culture and we share the same values. We both want to provide excellent service and high quality to our customers and we continuously invest in the craftsmanship of our people. Together with ANVIL, we have every opportunity to continue to grow in a healthy way.”View company