The production- and mining industries, and also the transport sector of dry bulk goods, co-produce a great amount of dust. Dust that has been released is a serious contributor to environmental pollution, which could also, as a result, cause serious health issues. Other than that, dust-drift may have economic consequences, as valuable raw materials can shift and can, therefore, not be re-used. The Rotterdam Port Fund recognizes the opportunities in potential solutions and is keen to invest.
Sustainable dust control
Treating goods with moisturizers, foam and so-called crust cultivators can reduce dust development and shifting. Wuvio products diminish dust development by at least 85% and water consumption by more than 90%. Wuvio has been working on the development and production of innovative dust control methods for more than a decade. The most important raw material of Wuvio’s product line consists of recycled fibres. Other elementary components are also made from re-used or recycled raw materials. One might say that sustainability really exists in every fibre of the company.
Ambition to grow
Bastiaan van der Knaap (Rotterdam Port Fund): “The circular economy offers new opportunities in developing new technologies to re-use raw materials. Wuvio is able to convert these opportunities into effective dust controlling products, from which many companies in and in the vicinity of the harbour can benefit. As a fund we are thrilled that we can help this company grow towards its ambitions and we look forward to collaborating with a strong partner as Navus Ventures and the entire Wuvio team.”
Marck Hagen (CEO Wuvio): “Our aim is to deliver a grand contribution towards cleaner air and water worldwide. We need financial resources to be able to live up to that goal. Rotterdam Port Fund’s investment and network enable us to realise our international expansion strategy, and to enhance our R&D capacity.
Wuvio is currently building a new R&D facility in Maasdijk – in the hinterland of the Rotterdam harbour. New products to prevent dust development of dry agrifood bulk goods will be developed and produced inside this facility.
About Rotterdam Port Fund
Rotterdam Port Fund is an independent investment fund that supports innovating companies – active in and around North Western Europe’s harbour industry – that have a need for growth capital. Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, NIBC Bank, Innovationquarter, Koninklijke Doeksen and Rotterdam based entrepreneurs Peter Goedvolk and Luc Braams have initiated the fund.