If you have recently visited Bondi Beach, this won’t come as a surprise: tattoo removal is a growth industry. It’s an important trend for one of the International Shares Fund’s largest investments.
In early January the Fund purchased shares in El.En. (BIT: ELN), a manufacturer of medical and industrial lasers based in Florence.
The medical division accounts for 70% of El.En.’s sales and almost all of its profits. Products span machines used for the removal of hair and tattoos to more complex devices used for the treatment of conditions such as kidney stones and vaginal atrophy. The remainder of the business — its industrial division — focuses on lasers used to cut wood, metals and glass during manufacturing processes.