Investment year
2017
Lead team
L. Mestre
D. Fotopoulos
G. Marquet de Vasselot
  • Expertise
    LBO
  • Fund
    WCP#2
  • Status
    In portfolio
  • Geographical area
    France
  • Business sector
    Distribution

Company overview

BEST (Best Environnement Sécurité Technologie) is the European leader in the supply, rental and maintenance of asbestos removal equipment. Founded in 1996 and based near Douai in northern France, the company has a range of nearly 1,000 products along with a comprehensive service offering (after-sales service, rentals, specific tests, maintenance contracts, etc.). In 2015, BEST acquired Centra, a supplier of protective equipment.

Our approach

BEST’s business activities are buoyed by regulatory changes that are beneficial to suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and collective protective equipment (CPE). The company is the only manufacturer and retailer in its sector offering a complete range of products and services. Barriers to entry, notably the existence of a regulated market, protect specialist players like BEST.

At our initiative, BEST rolled out a network of clean rooms in 2017. In 2021, the company launched the in-house development and production of mobile decontamination units, connected negative pressure monitors and mobile site facilities.

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Making a difference

For more than 20 years, BEST has worked every day to provide solutions designed for specialists in asbestos removal as well as the building sector and its companies faced with the need to manage asbestos or lead risks.

ESG in focus

BEST is highly attentive to issues relating to quality of life at work and has set up facilities at its business premises to promote well-being at work for its employees.