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The value of people
It is the people and their expertise that turns, through day to day work, Ferd’s capital and our other advantages of being a family-owned company into enduring value and clear footprints. With our current organisation and diversification of investments, Ferd has never been better prepared to enter a new year. We are continually seeking new attractive investments. At the same time, we are cautious about increasing Ferd’s overall risk exposure in today’s market conditions.
PREPARING NORWAY FOR A DIGITAL SHIFT
Norwegian business and industry are crying out for more digital expertise, and their need is urgent. DigitalNorway could be the solution. DigitalNorway came into being this summer and is now fully engaged in preparing Norwegian business and industry for the digital shift. Its aim is to create a platform that enables the sharing of knowledge and expertise as well as to encourage collaboration across companies and industries.
Investing in growth in high-voltage cables and cleaning equipment
The Danish companies NKT and Nilfisk, market leaders in high-voltage cables and cleaning equipment respectively, are the latest additions to Ferd Capital’s portfolio of stock exchange listed companies, with both companies having the potential for major value creation in different areas going forward.
Helsport and Swix: Stronger together
Swix Sport has acquired the entire share capital of the well-known company Helsport. The acquisition makes the Ferd-owned brand aggregator almost a complete supplier in the outdoor segment of the sports industry, which is to say a supplier of products for anyone who loves the great outdoors.
Ferdmagasinet: Tunge løft, lette telt, og mye mer
Aibel gjennomførte norgeshistoriens kanskje tyngste løft da de tre delene til plattformdekket på Johan Sverdrup ble løftet på plass – etter to og et halvt års nitid planlegging. Beretningen om den vellykkede operasjonen er forsidesaken i årets høstutgave av Ferdmagasinet, som nå er tilgjengelig på både papir og nett.
Water for land-based fish farming
Fish farming in land-based facilities is growing quickly - along with the associated need for water treatment and recirculation. Ferd Special Investments and Broodstock Capital are therefore investing in the Danish company Billund Aquakulturservice, a global leader in the area.
European summit on social innovation
The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) will hold its annual conference in Norway for the first time in November. The conference is Europe’s most important meeting place for investors seeking to create social value. “It will offer attendees the chance to meet and learn from investors leading the way in venture philanthropy in Europe”, explains Katinka Greve Leiner, Director of Ferd Social Entrepreneurs.
Ferd is a family-owned Norwegian industrial and financial group that is an active and long-term owner of strong companies with international potential and carries out financial activities through investments in a broad range of asset classes. In addition to the group’s purely commercial activities, Ferd has an extensive involvement in social entrepreneurship.
I. & L. Jacobsen’s ‘Tobaks-Fabrique’ in Christiania is granted a Royal Warrant
I & L. Jacobsen’s Tobaks-Fabrique in Christiania is granted a Royal Warrant to manufacture “all kinds of smoking tobacco and tobacco snuff” and to sell both its own products and imported tobacco products. This is now recognized as the date for the formal establishment of the business undertaking which today lives on as Ferd. However, the factory itself was opened more than 30 years earlier by Jens Jacobsen, a city councillor, ship owner and merchant (1703-1772).
Picture shows The 1778 Royal Warrant.