Safim is engaged in the design, manufacturing and distribution of mission-critical and highly engineered components for hydraulic systems equipped on off-highway vehicles. The company is based in Modena (Italy), one of the leading districts globally for mechanical engineering, with subsidiaries in the USA, France and India. One of the few companies globally fully focused on these components, Safim is a leading player in its niche, serving premium OEMs like CNH, John Deere, JCB on a global basis. The company operates on different end-markets including agriculture, construction and material handling, which it historically outperformed thanks to its innovative offering and customer centric approach. Ambienta completed an investment in Safim in July 2017.

Environmental thesis

Safim is a leading manufacturer of critical components allowing the safe and energy efficient functioning of hydraulic systems on-board agricultural, construction and material handling vehicles and trailers. Safim components have a tangible positive impact on the environment, by allowing a 40-70% saving in fuel consumption and emissions compared to alternative products. Such savings are delivered by different products including “trailer brake valves” which enable the braking system for trailers on the towing tractor to be activated only when the trailer is present thus avoiding unnecessary energy consumption, “master priority valves” optimizing pressure among different hydraulic circuits thereby delivering a lower energy consumption, and other components preventing potential oil spillages. These products deliver a reduction of c. 2,500 tons of CO2 emissions and c. 2,500 toe of energy consumption per annum, cumulating and growing every year.

Environmental impact and sustainable development goals

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.

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 then its impact both in terms of our metrics and SDGs.

Resource efficiency

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

Energy saved

Pollution control

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

CO2 Emissions reduced