Sale of Derco Eurl in Petit-Forêt, France

derco-frankrijk.jpg The sale of the belt finishing activities of Derco in France is being supervised by Sophista. Derco produces conveyor belts and finishes them with special covers.

Sale of the business

Derco's goal was to sell its belt finishing activities by means of a Management Buy-Out, with a long-term cooperation agreement being a key element of the transaction. In recent years, Derco has undergone so much growth that it has altered its strategic focus. In order to continue building on its success, in the future the business wants to focus more on the production of conveyor belts, meaning that the belt finishing activities are no longer part of the core business.

Sophista's role

Sophista supported Derco's owner, Mr De Ruijter, during the sale of the subsidiary in France. Our work consisted not only of supervising the process as a whole, but also the valuation, negotiating and recording agreements made and assisting with the drawing up of the agreements.


The result was the successful sale of the finishing activities in France to the local management and, at the same time, a long-term cooperation for the future.


Derco has been producing conveyor belts since the mid-1980s and is one of the top five in the sector. Derco products are used all over the world and in many different areas of industry. The business has a wide range of various types of conveyor belts and its own R&D department which is continuously researching possible alternatives. Besides this, Derco offers a training programme that teaches participants everything they need to know about conveyor belt types, properties of the various materials and which type of belt is suitable for which application. More information can be found at

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