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Movac invests in Revolution Fibres to scale global growth

8th April 2020

Pictured: Chair Andrew Turnbull

Auckland-based Revolution Fibres has raised $6m in a Series A funding round led by Movac, New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm.

Founded in 2009 by Iain Hosie, Simon Feasey and Michael Perrett, Revolution Fibres has developed a unique technology to produce electro-spun nanofibres for use in a wide range of applications, such as filtration, skincare, sound absorption and composite reinforcement. Revolution Fibres has 15 employees and achieved early sales traction in several markets.

Movac Partner David Beard comments “We have been targeting an IP-based business for Fund 4 for some time, and we were compelled to invest in Revolution Fibres because it had made a significant transition from R&D into scale volume manufacturing. With its applications spanning a diverse set of industries, it is able to adjust quickly and take advantage of a rapidly changing environment. We are delighted to have lead this round which has included a diverse set of investors from NZ, US and Asia.”

Revolution Fibres Chairman Andrew Turnbull comments “Iain and the team at Revolution Fibres have built a fantastic platform technology which is now ready, with the right team and funding, to be scaled. We’re very focussed on what we want to do with the business, and sought an investor who understands what it takes to build a global deep tech business from New Zealand. Movac’s investment style and their experience in helping to grow value in companies with deep intellectual property meant a lot to us. Most importantly, there’s also a strong fit in terms of approach and aspiration.”

The funding will be used to accelerate commercial opportunities in key offshore markets, and to invest further in production capability. Mr Beard will join the Revolution Fibres board.

Phil McCaw, Movac Managing Partner commented, “We’re excited to have the opportunity to work with the Revolution Fibres team. Revolution Fibres follows the deep technology thesis that we’ve had success with in the past, including the likes of PowerByProxi, Aroa Biosurgery and more recently Mint Innovation. It presents good diversification for Fund 4. Obviously there’s a lot of uncertainty in markets currently, but we are a long-term investor, and continue to work with Kiwi companies who are looking for investment to accelerate their growth plans. We like to roll up our sleeves and work in the trenches with our companies, providing them with strategic guidance, operational support, capital and access to global networks to support them on that journey.”

About Movac

Movac is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced technology investment fund manager. Movac provides growth funding across multiple investment rounds and supports companies with mentoring, advice, and access to international networks.

Founded in 1998, Movac has invested in more than 25 companies, and over that time, significant returns have been generated for investors with notable results achieved with Trade Me, eBus, GreenButton, and Givealittle. Current portfolio companies include Aroa Biosurgery, Author-it, Vend, Parking Sense, Unleashed Software, Timely, Coretex and Mobi2Go.

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