REIN4CED successfully closes € 7.0 million Series B capital increase to support its growth as European OEM composite manufacturer.
Capricorn Partners leads the financing round.
LEUVEN, Belgium, April 6, 2021 — REIN4CED NV, a Belgian manufacturer of advanced composite bicycle frames has successfully completed its series B capital increase of € 7.0 million led by Capricorn Partners. The investment was carried by the Capricorn Sustainable Chemistry Fund and Quest for Growth, who respectively invested € 2.5 and € 1.5 million in the company. Investors of the early hour, Gemma Frisius Fund, Finindus and Innovation Fund also participated in this round. This capital injection supports the company’s ambitious growth trajectory to become the leading supplier of lightweight, strong and durable materials to the bicycle, automotive and aerospace market.
Ludwig Goris, Senior Investment Manager at Capricorn states “At Capricorn we have been following the company since 2017 and are very impressed with the trajectory this team has realized. As investor in chemicals and materials, we know the time and challenges it can take to start a new production facility from scratch. Today, we are delighted to further support the company in its upscaling and realize the full potential of its unique product offering”.
Durable materials and sustainable production processes
REIN4CED’s advanced composites combine the excellent stiffness and light-weight properties of traditional carbon fiber with the toughness of ductile steel, making it the material of choice for every application where weight, stiffness and impact resistance (i.e. safety) are crucial. These attributes also contribute to a substantial increase in product durability, thereby expanding the lifecycle of all REIN4CED products. In addition, the use of thermoplastic resins guarantees a better end-of-life reusability. The highly automated manufacturing line creates significant advantages towards supply chain management (reshoring) and manufacturing flexibility.
Global supply chain is slowly shifting to local supply chain
The company has now firmly established its value proposition in the bicycle market, where it is supplying frames for various models to its European customer portfolio. The current capital increase significantly strengthens the company’s abilities to expand its manufacturing capacity, meet growing customer demand and develop new applications in sports & leisure, automotive and aerospace markets.
“Due to supply chain challenges caused by COVID-19, many European based bicycle brands have accelerated their strategic search to centralize their operations and are investigating how to bring their production closer to their respective markets,” says Michaël Callens, CEO of REIN4CED. “REIN4CED can play an important role in this supply chain improvement. At REIN4CED we are focused on providing our customers with the latest in material technologies combined with an automated production process. Our early involvement in the product design and development process of our customers ensures an efficient process and allows their engineers to come up with exciting innovations that go beyond the current state of bicycle technology.”
REIN4CED is a Belgian innovative manufacturing company. In its production facility in Leuven, REIN4CED manufactures impact-resistant and lightweight bicycle frames for brands wishing to offer their cyclists maximum performance with enhanced safety and durability. The new breed of carbon fiber bikes are produced on an automated line using thermoplastic composites and REIN4CED's proprietary, impact-resistant “FEATHER” material. REIN4CED allows commercial carbon frame production in Europe for the first time, introducing significant logistic advantages and increased supply chain flexibility and efficiency.
About Capricorn Partners
Capricorn Partners is an independent European manager of venture capital and equity funds, investing in innovative European companies with technology as competitive advantage. The investment team of Capricorn is composed of experienced investment managers with deep technology expertise and a broad industrial experience. Capricorn Partners is managing the venture capital funds Capricorn Sustainable Chemistry Fund, Capricorn Digital Growth Fund, Capricorn ICT Arkiv, Capricorn Health‐tech Fund, Capricorn Cleantech Fund and Capricorn Fusion China Fund. In addition, it is the management company of Quest for Growth, quoted on Euronext Brussels, and the investment manager of Quest Cleantech Fund and Quest+, sub‐funds of Quest Management SICAV, registered in Luxembourg. For more information, go to www.capricorn.be.
About Gemma Frisius Fund
Gemma Frisius Fund (GFF) is a seed capital fund, established in 1997 as a joint venture between KU Leuven, KBC Private Equity and BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity. It combines the research and technology transfer expertise of the university with the financial and investment expertise of the two financial partners. GFF provides seed capital in the early development phases of innovative, research-based spin-off companies originating from all technology domains and provides support in their further growth process.
Finindus is an investment company backed by ArcelorMittal and the Flemish Region and is linked to OCAS, a world class metal research center with campuses in Zelzate and Zwijnaarde (Belgium). Finindus provides early stage and growth financing to innovative companies active across the metal value chain that focus on materials and material processing, sustainable manufacturing and industrial tech.
About Innovation Fund
Innovation Fund is an investment company providing seed financing to startups in the Chemicals and Life Sciences industries.
Launched in 2015 at the initiative of Innovation Circle, it raised € 35 million from large chemical companies, Belgian universities and national and regional invests. Its ambition is to stimulate science and to profitably create high quality employment in Belgium and neighboring regions. Its shareholding is providing a unique source of expertise and exceptional technical and financial coaching capabilities.
Since its inception, Innovation Fund has invested in 32 companies, 3 of which have been sold. Net of new investment and exits, it aims at keeping an active portfolio of around 30 investments until at least 2027.