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Kiwi nanofibre producer raises $6m in funding

Auckland-based Revolution Fibres has raised $6 million in a Series A funding round led by Movac, New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm

8th April 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Auckland, New Zealand


© Revolution Fibres.© Revolution Fibres.

Auckland-based Revolution Fibres has raised $6 million in a Series A funding round led by Movac, New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm.

Founded in 2009 by Iain Hosie, Simon Feasey and Michael Perrett, Revolution Fibres has developed a unique technology to produce electro-spun nanofibres for use in a wide range of applications, such as filtration, skincare, sound absorption and composite reinforcement. Revolution Fibres has 15 employees and has achieved early sales traction in several markets.

Movac Partner David Beard commented: “We have been targeting an IP-based business for Fund 4 for some time, and we were compelled to invest in Revolution Fibres because it had made a significant transition from R&D into scale volume manufacturing. With its applications spanning a diverse set of industries, it is able to adjust quickly and take advantage of a rapidly changing environment. We are delighted to have led this round which has included a diverse set of investors from NZ, US and Asia.”

Revolution Fibres Chairman Andrew Turnbull said: “Iain and the team at Revolution Fibres have built a fantastic platform technology which is now ready, with the right team and funding, to be scaled. We’re very focussed on what we want to do with the business and sought an investor who understands what it takes to build a global deep tech business from New Zealand. Movac’s investment style and their experience in helping to grow value in companies with deep intellectual property meant a lot to us. Most importantly, there’s also a strong fit in terms of approach and aspiration.”

The funding will be used to accelerate commercial opportunities in key offshore markets, and to invest further in production capability. David Beard will join the Revolution Fibres board.

Phil McCaw, Movac Managing Partner commented: “We’re excited to have the opportunity to work with the Revolution Fibres team. Revolution Fibres follows the deep technology thesis that we’ve had success with in the past, including the likes of PowerByProxi, Aroa Biosurgery and more recently Mint Innovation. It presents good diversification for Fund 4. Obviously, there’s a lot of uncertainty in markets currently, but we are a long-term investor, and continue to work with Kiwi companies who are looking for investment to accelerate their growth plans. We like to roll up our sleeves and work in the trenches with our companies, providing them with strategic guidance, operational support, capital and access to global networks to support them on that journey.”

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