About Us

Mission Statement

South America has experienced a strong positive economic development and the predictions for the years to come remain just promising. As a consequence substantial foreign investment is taking place in key markets like mining, traditional and renewable energy, sustainable waste management, construction and infrastructure, real estate and logistics. New free trade agreements between various nations will create an improved economic framework and hence facilitate more investment.

Peru, with a GDP growth of 6% and an inflation of only 2%, has been named the “leader of economic drive in Latin America” by the IMF; Colombia shows impressive year-over-year growth figures that even exceed forecasts; Uruguay promotes its attractive investment regimen with free zone and free port facilities and freedom of capital expatriation; Chile’s stability and transparency made it become the first country in South America to join the OECD.

Ambitus has been founded with the aim to give a tailor-made support to those that either want to enter or further develop the South American market with innovative products or services. Through strategic advisory, corporate business development and operational management services we will alleviate the many challenges you might face. Apart from the attractive potential, one should indeed be aware of the many threats that arise when entering emerging markets in South America amongst which are language, tax and corporate regulation, business ethics, political influence and culture.

Ambitus’ prime interest is to help you overcome these hurdles, drive your business forward and turn the many opportunities into profitable growth.


References

SKF

Market: Logistics / Mechanical Engineering

Scope: Green-field implementation, start-up and general management of the new Regional Distribution Center for Latin America in Montevideo, Uruguay. Responsibility included recruitment, coaching and people management; daily management of the business unit with regards to legal and operational result, (cost)efficiency and profitability, safety and security to ensure quality standards, as well as continuous innovation and process improvement; strategic development; interaction with various global and regional stakeholders; representing company affairs towards external relations and authorities.

GRACO

Market: Industrial

Scope: Qualitative analysis on the best-place-to-be for setting up GRACO’s regional offices for South America. The best-of-breed solution should centralize supporting functions including but not limited to human resources, credit management, channel marketing, training center, warehousing, value added services, etc. This analysis focused on 3 countries in scope being Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.

ENCON

Market: Energy Efficiency

Scope: Encon’s service portfolio includes the reduction of energy consumption for the industry as well as integrated project management for sustainable energy generation (solar and wind). A feasibility study has been done to measure the readiness of the Uruguayan market towards energy efficiency solutions. Following the positive evaluation of the outcome, a number of pilot projects with well-defined industries have been initiated.

GROUP MACHIELS

Market: Real Estate / Environmental / Renewable Energy

Scope: Assessment of present Chilean organization; regional business development for Chile, Peru and Colombia aligned with the group core activity in real estate, renewable energy and environmental industry; active participation in management board and implementation of corporate governance.

SEE Telecom

Market: Telecommunication & Technology

Scope: Ambitus assumes strategic business development services in connection with radio-frequency communication systems for confined areas within South America including regional tender management. In addition Ambitus is responsible for market intelligence, the identification of new distribution channels, networking with public authorities and industry-related associations and close follow-up of the regulatory framework

Kabelwerk Eupen AG

Market: Telecommunication & Technology

Scope: Ambitus is in charge for the regional business development activities in South America in connection with radiating cables for RF applications. The aim is the installation and management of distribution channels including but not limited to wholesalers and agents, processing companies, assembly workshops, telecommunication companies, private operators and other industrial end-users.

BergHOFF

Market: House & cookware

Scope: Following an in-depth feasibility study for market penetration in Chile and Uruguay, Ambitus acts the regional business development and customer service platform for the before mentioned countries. This includes the design of sales and distribution channels in combination with marketing for well-defined product lines.

Automotive Ecology

Market: Energy Efficiency

Scope: Ambitus actively markets state-of-the-art hydrogen technology that reduces fuel consumption and hazardous emissions in heavy duty diesel engines. Principal sectors include public & private transport, maritime, port equipment, mining machinery, power generation units and off-road / construction equipment.

Multiline started developing and producing architectural lighting fixtures in 1982. Today, 35 years later, Multiline has become an established player on the lighting market always aimaiming for the highest quality. Multiline is achieving this through intense and continued investments in the ultra-modern production unit in Belgium. Multiline - ISO 9001 certified - stands for quality, professional guidance, continuous development, top design, customised service, excellent logistics and a balanced sales team.

United Petfood Producers


Team

Ralph Hendrikx

Throughout his career and whilst residing in various countries, he has been exposed to diverse organizations and cultures at all levels. He brings with him 17 years of proven ability to work within international markets across a wide variety of industries. Ralph has hold senior management positions in both Argentina and Uruguay and currently operates out of Santiago de Chile. He holds a Master Degree in Applied Economics and successfully completed a Master after Master in Strategic & Operational Supply Chain Management at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.

Adriana Agudelo

Adriana Agudelo

Javier Parra

Javier Parra

Luis Oscar Brugnini

Luis Oscar, born and raised in Uruguay, is a former private aviation pilot with an extensive multi-disciplinary background. He has been accompanying the establishment of various representation offices in both Argentina and Uruguay for leading international companies like Toyota, Fiat, Cessna and Hughes. Luis Oscar has been responsible for the successful implementation of the industrial plant for the tractor business of Valmet, currently known under the brand name Valtra and owned by AGCO. In addition he was in charge of the technical aviation service for Cessna in Uruguay. For 2 decades he has been partner and shareholder of the Agfa-Gevaert branch in Uruguay. Consequently Luis Oscar has travelled intensively to Belgium, Germany, USA and within South America. His free time is dedicated to aviation, automotive, historical arms and voluntary work in a local foundation.      

Pablo Couto

Pablo graduated at the University of Montevideo as an industrial engineer. He has vast knowledge in energy efficiency in areas like steam, cooling, compressed air, electricity, OHS and waste management. Pablo has previous working experience with InBev, Delibest and Nordex.

Rafael Borggio

Rafael graduated at the University of Montevideo as an industrial engineer. He has a keen interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. Rafael has previous working experience with Saceem and SKF. Today he is still associated with the UM as prefessor in operational investigation methodology.

Kristel Leonard

Kristel is a Belgian native who has been living and working in Indonesia, Peru and Australia. Since 2004, Kristel is residing in Chile where she is currently responsible for the technical-commercial roll-out of the BergHOFF activities in Chile and Uruguay.

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