Michel Pieke, founder of Aquafix Milieu, came to Marktlink to find a strategic buyer for his company, the largest manufacturer of oil and grease traps in the Netherlands. The globally-operating ACO Group was the perfect candidate, not least because of its ambitions to expand in the Netherlands.
Founded in 1995 in the attic of the Pieke family home, Aquafix Milieu has grown into a unique business, with more than 40 employees and a manufacturing site of over 22,000m2. It has just two serious competitors in the Netherlands, but that was a minor factor in the selection of potential candidates, according to Niek Derks and Max Kaagman, who led the Marktlink team that guided the transaction. “We approached those two companies of course, but our search quickly shifted to companies looking to expand their service range. There was considerable international interest.”