Belgian startup Rombit goes all in on Industry 4.0 with €10 million from new investors


Rombit, a Belgian company making ports safer and more efficient, closed a €10 million Series B funding round led by Vic Swerts, InvestLink, and several other Belgian “captains of industry.” The investment is comprised of a share transaction with existing shareholders and a fresh wave of funding to propel the company’s growth.

Founded in 2012, the startup has developed integrated software and hardware solutions to help industrial companies innovate safely and efficiently. Current customers include PSA, Deme, Multraship, Brabo, Port of Antwerp, Katoen Natie and VOPAK.

In its scale-up phase, the Antwerp-based business will focus on providing digital solutions for the port, petrochemical, and other complex industrial environments. One example is the development of Romware, a smart watch that prevents accidents on industrial sites.

Jorik Rombouts, founder and CEO said: “From now on, we fully commit ourselves to Industry 4.0., a strategic choice that answers to a growing market demand in the more complex industry segments. This choice is reflected in the background and expertise of our new investors. They have taken over the shares from Michel Akkermans and replaced him in the Board of Directors.”

Vic Swerts, founder of InvestLink commented: “The entrepreneurial spirit, the international customer portfolio, and the state-of-the-art technologies have convinced us to support Rombit’s growth.”

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