Scaling European manufacturing champions
We are animated by the conviction that a bright future for manufacturing in Europe depends to a large extent on the ability of established small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies to fuel innovation, productivity and investment returns.
SMEs face significant headwinds in the current business environment: macroeconomic uncertainty, global supply chain disruption, trade wars, pandemics, leading in many cases to fragmentation of demand, dwindling sources of productivity gain and financing dilemmas. Moreover, 70% of such companies struggle to adopt and leverage advanced manufacturing technologies due to high R&D costs, lack of in-house expertise and complex project management requirements.
Fast Forward Manufacturing
Oak Universe acts as a catalyst to overcome these barriers by placing an active value creation approach at the core of our investment approach: providing not only funding but also access to expertise in strategy, operations, technology, human capital, commercial effectiveness and corporate finance. We target our investment and value creation on manufacturing firms that have the need and potential to derive significant performance and value uplift from digital transformation, and also on companies that are themselves producers of the advanced technologies which enable the Fourth Industrial Revolution.