The European investment company Gimv has acquired a shareholding in our rapidly growing organisation. For Coolworld, this represents an important step towards the future. Gimv is to become the majority shareholder alongside the founders, the Buijzen family and Jack Buijnsters, and the management. Once the transaction is completed, Director Sales and Marketing Ruud van Mierlo will become CEO. Current CEO Jack Buijnsters will remain involved in the Supervisory Board and will play an active role in business development. This transaction opens the way for the company to implement its ambitious growth plans.
Gimv is investing to enable Coolworld to realize its growth ambitions: expanding its activities in its current home markets, broadening its portfolio of energy-efficient, sustainable solutions, and further increasing its operating efficiency. This process may include buy-and-build in existing and new markets.
Coolworld Rentals and its subdivision Heatworld Rentals (www.coolworld-rentals.com) is an international full-service rental specialist in cooling and heating equipment. Founded in 1993, it has grown into a niche player that rents out cold storage and freezer cells, as well as industrial solutions for process cooling, climate control and heating. This wide range of solutions, products and services permits Coolworld to respond adequately and flexibly to the increasingly variable demand for cooling and heating solutions to cover, for example, capacity problems, the renovation or overhaul of permanent equipment, test setups, seasonal peaks and calamities. 24/7/365 service is guaranteed by Coolworld's network of own branches, logistics depots and service points in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland.
Coolworld operates in a variety of market segments, including food, retail, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, logistics, and data centres, where advanced climate technologies are becoming increasingly important (fresher food, stricter requirements, environmental legislation, ...). In addition, peak moments must often be cushioned, with temporary solutions. Coolworld offers its customers the flexibility, quality and service they need, backed up by related engineering, transport, maintenance & repair and remote monitoring, thereby enabling them to focus on their core business. In-depth technical know-how, a full-service concept, a broad customer portfolio and strong customer loyalty are the keys to Coolworld's success.
Shift in mangement and new governing body
Another important development is the decision by Jack Buijnsters to step down as Managing Director after just over 25 years. “I am able to take this step with real peace of mind, since my successor is already in the starting blocks, ready to take over my role. It will come as no surprise to hear that the role of CEO will be taken up by Ruud van Mierlo, who will work alongside Eric van den Adel as CFO. I personally will be joining a new governing body at Coolworld, the Supervisory Board,” commented Jack Buijnsters with regard to his new role in the organisation.
Ruud van Mierlo, currently Director Sales and Marketing and following the transaction company CEO: "With the arrival of Gimv and its expertise, we hope to be an even better partner for our customers. Gimv operates in many of the same countries and segments as Coolworld. By bringing an experienced partner on board and with Jack staying on as a shareholder, we are ready for the next phase of growth. Coolworld and Gimv share a business creed which places both employees and customers centre stage."
Over the past 25 years, Coolworld Rentals has laid down solid foundations for further future growth. Coolworld is ready to take on that next growth phase.
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