VENLO, the Netherlands, June 8, 2012: “We are not commodity players, but add value through quality, flexibility and innovative capability.” These were the words of Henk Vostermans, CEO of Vostermans Companies, at the opening of the company’s new R&D Factory by deputy prime minister Maxime Verhagen of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. One of the striking features of the new R&D Factory is a high-tech wind tunnel. Thanks to this tunnel, and in combination with a range of modern measuring and control systems, product innovation can be continually introduced.
Henk Vostermans stated that innovation is of vital importance for the Dutch manufacturing industry. “Operating from a base in the Netherlands is a strategic choice for our company. This means that we must excel in our performance day after day and offer added value. Our aim is not to compete with the low-wage countries, but rather to expand our position on the global market on our own merit. As an example, we have initiated projects designed to match the future demands of our clients by using improved motor technologies. Other approaches include developing aerodynamic fans and intelligent controllers.”
Together with Vostermans Alu Foundries, Vostermans Ventilation forms the Vostermans Companies group. Its slogan ‘Shaping the Future’ embodies a policy aimed at the future. Since it was founded by Antoon Vostermans, father of the current CEO Henk Vostermans, in 1952, the main focus of the company has been innovation. As a mould maker, Antoon Vostermans originally started a pattern shop, which was later followed by an aluminium foundry, to be followed later by a factory making fans. That policy was continued by Henk Vostermans, leading to the company’s growth to number 275 employees with a turnover of around €50 million.