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Drylock partners with Sofina

Drylock Technologies has opened its capital to Sofina, a Belgian family run and controlled investment company.

7th August 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Zele


Drylock operates within the baby care, feminine care and adult care product segments.Drylock, a family-owned hygiene manufacturer, has announced the successful closing of the partnership it concluded with Sofina, allowing the investor to subscribe to around 25% of the shares. The funds will be attributed to support the business plan of Drylock. Bart Van Malderen will remain the majority shareholder as well as chairman and CEO.

“We were impressed by the speed and success of Drylock Technologies so far. The entrepreneurial spirit, the state-of-the-art production platform with a global presence, the portfolio of sustainable products, the healthy and promising customer mix, and our meetings with the Drylock team have all contributed to convince us of this investment’s merits,” commented Harold Boël, CEO of Sofina.

“Drylock fits in our strategy of investing in growing businesses with a partner that also believes in the virtues of patience and entrepreneurship. We are looking forward to collaborate with Drylock’s management and to contribute to its success.”

Drylock Technologies is headquartered in Zele, Belgium, and is a family-owned company led by Chairman and CEO Bart Van Malderen. Drylock employs over 2,500 people worldwide and has production facilities in Russia, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, USA and Brazil. Sustainability is at the core of Drylock’s operations which translates in innovation within the baby care, feminine care and adult care product segments.

“In the past seven years we have been growing and building Drylock at an incredible fast pace. As such we have commissioned four plants from scratch, acquired five others in Russia, Italy, North America and Brazil, whilst leading product innovations with proprietary technology such as the fluffless and channel technology. Today we have a platform that allows us to continuously and rapidly further expand our business and I am pleased to welcome Sofina in supporting the further roll-out of our business plan,” said Bart Van Malderen, CEO Drylock Technologies.

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