Coloured Finches is an energy investment company that invests in businesses in the downstream hydrocarbon markets including biofuels. Currently, the activities are concentrated in Europe and Asia. Coloured Finches was established in 2012 by former chief executives from the downstream European oil industry.
The partners of Coloured Finches incorporate unique and complementary expertise and international experience. As a team they stand for deep market insights, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, operational excellence and a vast network.
Coloured Finches targets investment opportunities with an integrated downstream business model around logistics assets, wholesale, distribution and supply & trading.
The partners, based on their vast experience, believe that the dynamics in the global oil markets offer attractive opportunities for independent downstream players. Coloured Finches aims to extract additional value through efficiency improvements and synergies across the supply chain.
Coloured Finches invested in an integrated wholesale, distribution, tank storage and bunkering business under the name FinCo in Northwest Europe.
As AFCO Energy the company runs an international supply & trading business in Singapore.
Through Coloured Finches Infrastructure the company is involved in bulk liquid tank terminal investments across Europe under the name of Alkion Terminals in cooperation with Paris based InfraVia.
Coloured Finches has a buy-and build approach by investing in existing businesses and developing new ventures which contribute to the integrated downstream model. The Coloured Finches team takes hereby a hands-on approach getting actively involved in the daily management and the growth of the business.
The partners of Coloured Finches play an active management role in all its investments
AFCO is an independent trading company which is globally active in physical energy markets.
Alkion is an independent tank terminal company with a portfolio of 10 terminals handling liquid bulk products across Europe established by Coloured Finches and InfraVia.
FinCo distributes and delivers fuels that keep the world moving. The company owns and operates wholesale, logistics and reseller businesses across the downstream fuel chain.
Gulf is a branded reseller of commercial fuels, bunker fuels and lubricants in the Netherlands. The company is owned and operated by FinCo.
Dalhuisen is a direct sales and retail company specialized in offering automotive and transportation fuels across the Netherlands.
Licorne is a Dutch based international oil trading company specialized in middle distillates such as diesel, gasoil and blend components.
We seek for sustainable investment opportunities
Jan-Willem van der Velden
Jan-Willem van der Velden founded Coloured Finches with Peter Nohlmans in 2012. He has extensive experience in international management and entrepreneurship. Until 2012 he was Chief Executive Officer of the Mabanaft Group in Hamburg, Germany where he worked in various positions during 15 years. He is specialized in and focuses on supply, trading and logistics, with extensive experience across the entire downstream value chain. Jan-Willem studied Business Economics at the Hogeschool of Economic Studies in Rotterdam and attended the Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School.
Prior to founding Coloured Finches in 2012 Peter Nohlmans was Chief Executive Officer and shareholder of North Sea Group. Peter has over 25 years of experience in various positions within the European downstream energy market at companies such as the Van der Sluijs Group and Exxon Mobil. He is specialized in and focuses on the area of logistics, sales and organization, with extensive experience across the entire downstream oil market. Peter studied Business Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Rutger van Thiel
Rutger van Thiel joined Coloured Finches in 2014. He has some 25 years of experience in storage and handling of bulk liquids and gases and has various management roles across the globe over the years. As former Chief Executive Officer of the Oiltanking group he was responsible for the world’s second largest independent tank storage provider. Rutger has built and managed asset-intensive infrastructure businesses that provide vital logistical services to the international oil and gas industry. Following his MBA he started his career with Dutch Vopak and gained valuable hands-on experience in various management roles over the years. Rutger is specialized in asset management and the development and operations of tank storage terminals and related infrastructure.
Bart Veldman joined the Coloured Finches team from the early start of the company’s activities in 2013. He has over 10 years of experience in Finance, M&A and Business Development and had various roles in Investment Banking and Private Equity. Within Coloured Finches Bart is responsible for Group finance, financial strategy and acquisitions. Bart studied Business Administration, Accounting and Finance at the University of Groningen.
Kimon Palinginis joined Coloured Finches early 2016 with focus on overall Corporate Development. Kimon has 20 years of experience in the Energy sector where he worked with Leading International companies and NOCs in oil & gas, power and renewables with particular focus on Strategy, M&A, performance improvements and transformations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently he was a Senior core member of the global Energy team at the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to that he was the Corporate Development Director at North Sea Group and prior to that he was with Booz & Co. in London. Kimon holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oregon, a M.B.A. from the College des Ingenieurs in Paris and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Karlruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
About Coloured Finches
When the naturalist and, later, the founder of the theory of evolution Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in the autumn of 1835, he saw a relationship between the finches and differences in terms of their beak shape and their behavior. He thought that these related finches had a common ancestor and that after many generations, its descendants gradually came to occupy various ecological niches.
The theory of evolution is the natural sciences’ explanation of the evolution of life on Earth. It describes the process whereby genetic characteristics within a given population of organisms change over the course of generations, as a result of genetic variation, reproduction and natural selection.
Business means capitalizing on changes, operating in line with the theory of evolution. In the long term, those companies that behave like Darwin’s finches, are the most successful.
Unfortunately, the tone of things in the world (of business) is all too often black and white. Doing business is fun, if the environment is a colorful one. The yellow of creativity, the red of society, the green of sustainability, the blue of freedom and the white of freshness.
Coloured Finches is a team of diverse and enthusiastic specialists across the downstream energy supply chain who aim to continuously evolve.
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Coloured Finches B.V. Herengracht 456 1017 CA Amsterdam The Netherlands
FinCo reveals new brand identity with a redesigned logo
Dordrecht, april 15, 2019
FinCo announced today the launch of its new corporate brand identity and redesigned logo. These changes come at a time when the company is further expanding its reach with an increased focus on offering cleaner fuels. FinCo is fully committed to play an active role in the transition phase towards cleaner fuels and is dedicated to reducing CO2 through offering a portfolio of alternative fuels. The new FinCo website will go live during the course of the 2nd quarter.
FinCo Fuel Group is active in the downstream fuel market in primarily Northwest Europe. With offices in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland FinCo offers a variety of fuel products through wholesale, retail, bunkering and direct sales channels to its customers. Jan-Willem van der Velden and Peter Nohlmans are the founders and shareholders of FinCo Fuel Group and form the Board of Directors of the company together with Pieter Peeters and Hans Wouda. The Group has offices in Dordrecht, Hamburg and Zug.