WCP IMPACT DEV announces its entry into the capital of Recyc-Matelas Europe, leader in the treatment and recycling of mattresses in France
Paris, September 20, 2021 - WCP IMPACT DEV has completed its second transaction by acquiring a stake in Recyc-Matelas Europe (RME), the leading mattress processing and recycling company in France, alongside the management, Bpifrance and several historical shareholders.
Created in 2010, the group offers an alternative solution to the landfill of mattresses and aims to recover thousands of tons of waste for reuse in the manufacture of other products. RME currently operates through 4 sites in France and one in Belgium.
Thanks to its technology, which is mostly automated, and its business know-how, Recyc-Matelas Europe processes nearly 20,000 tonnes of mattresses per year, supplied by the eco-organizations, and recovers 92% of the materials that come from them (objective of 95% recovery within 2 years). These materials (polyurethane foam, latex, cotton, metal, felt) are notably recycled in various industries such as automotive equipment, construction, or furniture.
A social integration company since 2013, the group is committed to a strong social policy. It enables people who are far from employment and in difficulty to find a professional activity and to support them towards sustainable employment.
RME's activity responds to both environmental and social issues, which are at the heart of WCP IMPACT DEV's priorities. In January 2021, WCP IMPACT DEV, together with the pan-European fund Metric Capital Partners, made its first investment in the Résidis Group, which specialises in the management of social emergency accommodation. WCP IMPACT DEV achieved its final closing in June 2021 at €115 million with leading institutional and individual investors, making it one of the largest French impact investing funds. The fund is managed by Cédric Weinberg and Sacha Talmon and currently has 6 impact investment professionals.
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Through its DNA as a responsible investor, its expertise, and its impact ecosystem, WCP IMPACT DEV is positioned as a player in the sustainable transition, aiming to invest in the capital of French companies that positively address environmental and/or societal issues or that wish to evolve their model towards a more sustainable one. The fund was awarded the "Relance" label by the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Recovery in November 2020.
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Jérémy Settbon, Founder and President of Recyc-Matelas Europe: "For more than 10 years we have been aware that we need to produce and consume differently, in a more responsible way. There are around 4 million discarded mattresses per year, which represents between 80,000 and 90,000 tonnes of resources. A mattress takes more than 100 years to degrade in nature. Our objective is to continue to develop solutions that offer an alternative to the end of life of mattresses, while at the same time being part of an active integration policy at our various sites. A lot remains to be done in our industry, but I am very happy to be able to continue our efforts alongside our new partners who share our vision and values.
Cédric Weinberg and Sacha Talmon stated: "We are delighted to launch our impact activity with these first two transactions which perfectly illustrate WCP IMPACT DEV's strategy to invest in high potential and performing companies that respond positively to environmental and societal issues. Thanks to the network we have built up and our highly operational approach to impact, we are able to fully support the sustainable transition of our participations.