Over VADO

The DNA of the family business

Rich industrial origin

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 are still present at VADO even today. We still focus on manufacturing companies with a passion for technology Innovative entrepreneurs who, with their feet firmly on the ground and their eyes fixed on the future, deliver value to people and society. The action is today but the perspective is always the long term. Several of the portfolio companies have been part of the VADO family for more than twenty years.

The right end markets determine success

Today, VADO consists of a small team with a great deal of industrial experience that, from Eindhoven, manages a portfolio of approximately twenty manufacturing companies. Always eager to get to know new companies and entrepreneurs, there is a constant search for new investment opportunities.
In addition to being a shareholder in this portfolio, VADO has been a shareholder of MCB (Metaal Compagnie Brabant) for many years. Together with two other families, who founded MCB more than eighty years ago, VADO is still closely involved in the ins and outs of this market leader in metal wholesale.

Learn more about VADO and MCB here

The VADO portfolio consists of four clusters of companies

Cluster Metals & Plastics Supply Companies
The suppliers develop and produce components and modules for leading OEMs and players in various end markets. Quality and delivery reliability, so-called “operational excellence” are of great importance and state-of-the-art production technology is crucial. These companies are often capital intensive because of the substantial investments in production machines, moulds and factory halls.

Cluster Machine and Equipment Construction
Companies that produce complex and high-quality systems and products. Innovation determines the distinctiveness of these products and a deep understanding of the end market and customer requirements is important. The engineering function is all-important and these companies are therefore often very knowledge-intensive.

Cluster Construction-related companies
In the construction-related cluster, our companies are active in renovation and maintenance, as well as installation technology. Our construction companies relieve customers of their worries through the combination of maintenance and projects and distinguish themselves on the basis of technical knowledge and craftsmanship.

Cluster Specialist companies
These companies often have a unique experience or technology that enables them to achieve market leadership in a niche. Ideally, companies in this cluster respond to strategic industrial developments, such as industry 4.0 and 3D printing.

Mission

VADO contributes to a healthy and innovative Dutch manufacturing industry by investing in companies and initiatives that deliver clear added value to people and society with their innovative solutions. We attach great value to entrepreneurship, innovation and cooperation. We work on the basis of our vision as a long-term investor to achieve healthy sustainable growth.

Core values

With commitment and respect

We are involved and sincerely interested without it becoming constricting: we provide space, keep each other sharp and, where necessary, we are on hand with advice and assistance.

Building and growing together

For us, the long term is more important than a quick profit. Together we map out and execute a path to sustainable growth.

Straightforward entrepreneurship

Building and expanding a business together: a matter of rolling up our sleeves, with both feet on the ground.

Innovation with added value

Companies with a passion for technology, that’s what we love. Smart solutions for complex issues, with added value for people and society.

Solid and reliable

We are a strong, reliable partner and have a solid financial foundation that enables our companies to grow healthily.

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  • “Job Precision has been part of VADO for over 30 years. We have been part of Anvil Industries since 2017, with which we have a very close working relationship. Our specialisation is the manufacture of precision parts. The strength of Job Precision is the ability to perform multiple machining operations such as spark erosion, milling, grinding and turning. This has allowed us to build a strong market position.”

    Hans BakkerManaging DirectorJob Precision
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  • “I started with Lacom in 1989 and developed the company into an all-round machine factory where distribution is central. Today, with VADO as shareholder, I can run the company with more financial advice and support. A good example is the start of Lacom Cranes and Supplies in late 2019. Thanks in particular to rapid action from the Lacom team and with the help of the people at VADO, we set up the production and sales of our own line of truck-mounted cranes in less than 4 months. That is true entrepreneurship, one hundred percent!”

    Driek LammersManaging DirectorLacom
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  • “At Anvil Industries, the interests of the companies are paramount and we want to be seen as a partner to OEM customers through mutual cooperation. We do this by being able to deliver high added value as a group. Cooperation based on an open and direct attitude and making use of each other's strong suits, that's where our strength lies.”

    Twan BussersDirectorJansen Machining Technology
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  • “Since the cooperation with VADO, we can do business more professionally and it gives me the opportunity to exchange ideas at a higher level.”

    Eric StingesManaging DirectorEMD Tooling
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  • “The passion for beautiful technology among all employees throughout our company is very clearly visible and tangible for our customers and they often expresses their appreciation for it. That makes me proud.”

    Hans de KamManaging DirectorDiesel Büchli
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