Focus on companies with a passion for technology

Investing in entrepreneurship

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 four clusters of companies:

  • Cluster Supply Companies that develop and produce components and modules for leading OEMs and players in various end markets;
  • Cluster Machine and Equipment Construction with companies that produce complex and high-quality systems and products;
  • Cluster Construction-related companies engaged in renovation and maintenance as well as installation technology;
  • Cluster Specialist companies which, with their unique experience or technology, are able to achieve market leadership in a niche.

Everything starts with a personal connection

Having a cup of coffee, philosophising together about entrepreneurship, strategy and culture, are 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 room they need to further 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 knowledge exchange between our companies.

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  • “Anvil Industries is a group of companies that complement each other seamlessly to serve the high-tech industry.” Although we come under VADO as a business group, we have a high degree of independence. Entrepreneurial behaviour is taken as the starting point for healthy cooperation.”

    Jan AdamsManaging Director Anvil Industries
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  • “Culobel has been part of the VADO family for nearly 30 years. That in itself is unique! I myself have been at the head of 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 because of the personal support and space you get with your company at VADO.”

    Mark D’HaeseCEOCulobel
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  • “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, composite 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!”

    Marc BeldmanManaging Director Contour
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“VADO makes it possible to do business with a high degree of personal family feel, and with the necessary expertise to act as a sounding board at group level. This brings out the best in entrepreneurs.”

    Gert-Jan SpieringsManaging Director Bato
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“Our companies fit well together. We are 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.”

    John de SmitManaging DirectorBKL
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