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Environmental Thesis

Machine vision systems are strong drivers of resource efficiency improvements through numerous production processes and vertical markets, thereby delivering substantial environmental benefits.

These systems determine for a wide range of industrial applications, as for instance waste sorting and print inspection systems, increased production yields, reduced production scraps (waste) and, therefore, improved resource efficiency and pollution control.


Image S, based in Mariano Comense (Italy), is the Italian leader and second player in Europe in the distribution of machine vision and imaging products.

Image S offers a complete product portfolio encompassing over 30,000 SKUs from 45 vendors, acting as a center of excellence and one-stop-shop for machine vision applications.

Its customers are Italian leaders in their specific market segments, generally characterized by high share of export revenues.

The company, which realizes annual sales of about €30m, features strong financials, with double-digit growth rates, healthy margins and steady cash conversion.

Image S is the first investment of Next Imaging, a buy-and-build project backed by Ambienta aimed at creating an international platform of imaging distributors.

Environmental Impact

Ambienta only invests in businesses which have a positive impact on the environment through either, or both, a Resource Efficiency or Pollution Control contribution. Our proprietary methodology, the Environmental Impact Analysis, allow us to measure the contribution of different businesses to sustainability in terms of Resource Efficiency and Pollution Control which we capture through 11 Environmental Metrics.
For each portfolio company we report its impact in relation to our metrics.

Resource Efficiency

Image S’s contribution to Resource Efficiency is summarized by the following Environmental Metrics and SDGs:

Food Saved

Pollution Control

Image S’s contribution to Pollution Control is summarized by the following Environmental Metrics and SDGs:

Materials Recycled

Sustainabile Development Goals

Our Methodology and Metrics are fully aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015. Through our investment scope definition that focuses on products and services that improve Resource Efficiency and Pollution Control we fully capture 10 of the 17 Goals and their respective sub-goals.
For each portfolio company we report its impact in relation to the SDGs.