Smile Invest acquires IGS GeboJagema, a market leading company in hightech medical moulds

SMILE INVEST ACQUIRES IGS GEBOJAGEMA, A MARKET LEADING COMPANY IN HIGHTECH MEDICAL MOULDS, TO SUPPORT ITS FURTHER INTERNATIONALIZATION AND DIVERSIFICATION 

Smile Invest has become the majority shareholder in IGS GeboJagema alongside management and minority investor Rabo Corporate Investments. This is the fifth investment of Smile Invest in the last 6 months following earlier investments in Climate for Life Holding, 4ITEGO, Effect Photonics and Hospidex. Smile Invest’s portfolio now consists of ten innovative growth companies based in the Benelux that are each leading in their respective markets. 

IGS GeboJagema is specialized in the development, manufacturing and validation of high-end, multi-cavity injection moulds for the production of plastic components within the healthcare market. The moulds are used by contract manufacturers and leading pharmaceutical companies for their high-volume production. Examples of end products produced with the moulds are contact lenses, insulin pens and inhalers. The Company employs 120 specialists and is based in Eindhoven, where its state-of-the-art production facilities are located with a global customer footprint. 

Peter Mertens, CEO IGS GeboJagema: “This transition comes at the right moment. We are currently working on our entry into the United States, where there are a lot of possibilities for our products which are tailored to the medical sector. The medical sector has a zero tolerance towards risk. We offer high quality, high precision moulds and together with validation services provide a one stop solution. The partnership with Smile Invest offers new possibilities to us driven by their technological knowledge, international experience and network” 

Ivo Vincente, Ad Notenboom and Bart Cauberghe, partners at Smile Invest: “IGS is a superb company with a unique positioning in its market. We are impressed by the scalability and high level of automatisation of the factory footprint coupled with the model based product development process. This makes IGS a state-of-the-art mould maker. The innovative character, focus on the medical sector and ambition for further growth of IGS fits perfectly within the portfolio of Smile Invest. We will support IGS with their expansion in the United States, but also with further diversification to other end markets such as medical packaging” 

About Smile Invest:

Smile Invest (Smart Money for Innovation Leaders) is a European evergreen investment firm with €350 million assets under management, financed by 40 entrepreneurial families and with a long term focus on innovative growth companies. Smile Invest focuses on companies active in technology, healthcare and digital services. From its offices in Leuven and The Hague the team supports ambitious entrepreneurs and management teams in realising their growth plans. 

Contact Smile Invest:

Ivo Vincente, Managing Partner ivo.vincente@smile-invest.com +31 622 91 92 32 

Ad Notenboom, Partner ad.notenboom@smile-invest.com +31 654 28 60 98 

Bart Cauberghe, Managing Partner • bart.cauberghe@smile-invest.com • +32 476 33 66 69