Wise SGR, a private equity fund management company, through the new holding Imprima S.p.a. acquired 100% of the German KBC and the Italian Guarisco and is preparing for new acquisitions in Italy and abroad
Imprima is funded by a pool of financial investors led by the Italian Private Equity Fund Wisequity IV, managed by Wise SGR, a company that has already supported the development of other successful companies in the textile supply chain.
Thanks to the creative heritage of the brands acquired, clean and smart manufacturing, proximity to markets, outstanding quality, and sustainability, Imprima aims to establish itself as a preferred partner for brands and retailers in the world of fashion. This evolution of the
business model is centred on the concept of sustainability understood as financial, industrial, social, and environmental sustainability.
Consolidation of the industry, traditionally separated and family-owned, and the financial resources assigned to this transaction, constitute the necessary conditions for a real “gap” in the technological and environmental standards, and for the first time allow scalability of industrial modules on a global level, a practical response to the need in modern retail for supply chain proximity in major regional hubs characterized by replicable technological and environmental standards that are able to offer added value to the creativity and the style offices of brands and retailers on a global scale.
Thanks to the acquisition of 100% of the German finishing and textile printing company KBC and 100% the Italian company GUARISCO by WISE SGR, Imprima is enriched, already at this early stage of development, by an international outlook that makes it extremely competitive in the market, which will be reinforced in the coming months with additional acquisitions in Italy and abroad, taking care to maintain best practices in terms of quality and service and the business identity of each company.
Leading the new company will be Paolo Gramaglia and Chiaretto Calò, who share the role of co-CEO of the Imprima group, assisted by Vice President Gianluca Boni and CFO Giovanni Lorato. The management will act in coordination with Valentina Franceschini, Partner of Wise SGR and President of IMPRIMA, and Luca Boni, Director Wise SGR.
The entrepreneur Marco Guarisco and associate Andrea Moretti will remain in all operational effects in their current positions. The CEO of KBC Henri Rowienski will also continue to lead the German company.