Strength through cooperation. That is the cornerstone of VDL Groep, the international industrial family business headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The company was founded in 1953 by Pieter van der Leegte. Initially VDL Groep specialised in metalworking. Later, when his son Wim van der Leegte took over the company, the portfolio was expanded to include plastics processing, the development, manufacture and sales of buses and coaches, and high‑tech subcontracting for the semiconductor industry and others. Today VDL Groep is a major player in the subcontracting and semi-finished products sectors, produces its own finished products, such as suspension systems, is active in automotive factory automation, builds heat exchangers and container handling systems, and the family business owns VDL Nedcar in Born, the Netherlands' only large passenger car assembly factory, which carries out assembly line production of cars for third parties. VDL Groep innovates through a combination of craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and high‑quality machinery. The group of companies combines the strength of a multinational with the flat organisation and open, informal working atmosphere of a family business where priority is given to growth opportunities and continuity.
VDL Groep: satisfied with 2018 (112.5 KiB)
For VDL Groep, the key theme of 2018 was organising the planned growth. Last year, the turnover and result, and the number of employees of the industrial family business with its head office in Eindhoven increased.
VDL Translift in Dronten is developing four electric vehicles, based on the electric drive units designed in collaboration with DAF Trucks, for the collection of waste. In collaboration with public waste collectors HVC, ROVA and Stadsbeheer (Schone Stad or Clean City), the vehicles will be ready for operation later this year. The vehicles have a driving range of around 100 kilometres and will be used for low-noise waste collection in residential areas without emitting hazardous pollutants.
VDL Groep and DAF Trucks have announced today that they have consolidated and strengthened their long-standing relationship. The two technology companies, both headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, have entered into a new, long-term, versatile and significant contract involving hundreds of man years of work. The amounts have not been published. As part of this contract, VDL is going to update an assembly line to make it state of the art and supply components that will be integrated in the cabins of DAF trucks. Further collaboration concerning the fully electric truck, that has already been presented and was developed jointly, is also part of the new agreement.
VDL Steelweld grows thanks to large orders (203.24 KiB)
The future of VDL Steelweld looks bright over the coming years. The VDL company based in Breda, which develops automated production lines for automotive manufacturers for customers around the world, has won substantial orders from major companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo Cars and DAF Trucks. These new orders represent turnover of more than 200 million euros.
VDL Groep, headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is an international industrial family business with 102 operating companies, spread throughout 20 countries, with about 17,000 employees. The VDL companies break down into four divisions: Subcontracting, Car Assembly, Buses and Coaches and Finished products.