Viabizzuno is an Italian leader in high-end lighting solutions and is widely recognized as the partner of choice for architects and lighting designers thanks to its ability to add-value to their projects and create the right lighting solutions.
The company is headquartered in Bologna (Italy) and has a consolidated international presence, counting 30 “light laboratories” in the main design capitals of the world and a network of technicians in over 50 countries. The company also operates through its exclusive e-commerce platform, Viacommerce and it is internationally recognized for its quality and its unique solutions in terms of sustainability with continuous product innovation aimed at energy saving and waste reduction.
Throughout the holding period Viabizzuno has expanded into new market segments, has developed a strategic approach to internationalization with export now generating more than two-thirds of sales, and has completed a full managerial transition with the arrival of the current CEO Corrado Colli, among others.
21 Invest Italy has identified Clessidra Private Equity as the ideal partner to continue to support the further evolution of Viabizzuno. Mario Nanni (Viabizzuno Style Director), Corrado Colli (CEO), Sebastiano Vasta (COO) and Simone Balsimelli (CFO) will support Clessidra in this transaction through the re-investment in a minority stake in the company and maintaining their respective roles.
Alessandro Benetton, Founding Managing Partner of 21 Invest, commented: “I am extremely proud of the performance of Viabizzuno. Our journey over the years with the company founded by Mario Nanni, which has now become a symbol of style and innovation worldwide, reflects the foundation of our business approach. Our aim was to enable the company to express its maximum potential in a sustainable and persistent way, by looking at the company’s ideas and their capacity to impose themselves on the market thanks to the support of a strong industrial vision”.
Mario Nanni, Founder of Viabizzuno, commented: “This is a further milestone for the company that I founded 28 years ago. It also represents an important step for the realisation of my dream of building an increasingly international Italian company through the young managerial structure of “scrittoridellaluce” (light authors). I would like to thank 21 Invest for all these years that we’ve worked together. In particular, Alessandro Benetton and Dino Furlan who have always believed in me, allowing Viabizzuno to develop research and innovation”.
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