Faciliteit Opkomende Markten
The Faciliteit Opkomende Markten (FOM), or Facility Emerging Markets, is a Government fund managed by FMO to service joint ventures and subsidiaries of Dutch enterprises. In 2012 FOM celebrated its 20th anniversary with a seminar organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. The seminar was attended by over 200 existing and prospective clients, various intermediaries and Government officials. The seminar focused on discussing opportunities and risks in setting up enterprises in emerging markets. Several panel sessions took place, during which knowledge and expertise were shared by FMO clients, bankers, representatives the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and members of the largest SME entrepreneurs’ organization in the Netherlands, MKB Nederland.
As an example, we invested in Core-TeQ, the Malaysian subsidiary of Scherpenzeel Group. This was our first financing in Malaysia funded through FOM. Scherpenzeel develops high precision shafts, rollers and roller-assemblies. FOM also granted a loan of €3.1 million to the Dutch company Koppert BV for the acquisition of Brazilian company Itaforte. Koppert supplies greenhouses with bees that act as an innovative bio-alternative to pesticides.