Next Imaging

Environmental Thesis

Machine vision systems are strong drivers of resource efficiency improvements through numerous production processes and vertical markets, thereby delivering substantial environmental benefits.

These systems determine for a wide range of industrial applications, as for instance waste sorting and print inspection systems, increased production yields, reduced production scraps (waste) and, therefore, improved resource efficiency and pollution control.


Next Imaging, based in Mariano Comense (Italy), is a buy-and-build platform aiming to become the leading international platform in the imaging and machine vision distribution market.

Ambienta created Next Imaging with the acquisition of Image S in Dec 2018, the Italian leader and No. 2 player in Europe in the distribution of machine vision and imaging products. Image S features a complete product portfolio of over 30,000 SKUs from 45 vendors and acts as a centre of excellence and one-stop-shop for machine vision applications. In addition, the company boasts strong financials, with double-digit growth rates, healthy margins and steady cash conversion.

Next Imaging expanded with the acquisition of 1st Vision in Feb 2020, entering the North American market.  The acquisition of 1st Vision represents a further step in Next Imaging’s strategic plan of consolidating the fragmented machine vision distribution market, to create a leading international player. For over 20 years 1st Vision has been recognized as the best-in-class machine vision distributor in North America and the only distributor operating nation-wide in both the US and Canada. The acquisition allows Next Imaging to enter the attractive North American market and become a sizeable player at international level.

Environmental Impact

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.
For each portfolio company we report its impact in relation to our metrics.

Resource Efficiency

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

Food Saved

Pollution Control

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

Materials Recycled

Sustainable Development Goals

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 its impact in relation to the SDGs.