VDL Groep

vdl-logo2VDL Groep is a global industrial and manufacturing company that focuses on producing, innovating and marketing semi-finished products, buses and coaches and finished products. The company engages in a wide variety of products from different industries including medical and transportation. The VDL Groep has successfully handled its businesses that up until now is continually growing and expanding not just in its product offerings but also in its reach, worldwide.

The VDL Groep stands for Van Der Leegte Groep which was founded in 1953. It was in Eindhoven that Pieter van der Leegte Sr., father of the present director/president and owner Wim van der Leegte, started the business. The initial clients of the company were known to be DAF Trucks and Philips which is the former employer of Pieter van der Leegte.

It was during the early 1960s that Pieter started to produce his own products. Then in 1984, the group has expanded to five companies. It was in the year 1993 that the company ventured into business involving buses and coaches with the takeover of DAF Bus International. The group continued to develop and expand its reach as two huge takeovers happened, BerkhofJonckheereGroep in 1998 and BOVA in 2003. These takeovers happened after the company ventured into the bus and coach sector. The biggest decision the company has ever made was the acquisition in 2006 of Philips Enabling Technologies Group.

The VDL Groep has over 80 operating companies located in 18 different countries. The head office of the company in Eindhoven oversees all the company operations globally though each company in various parts of the world operate independently.

The VDL Groep continuously succeeds in its ventures due to its positive development and healthy competitive environment. It focuses on analysis and moderates its financial expenses while maintaining manufacturing high quality products. The company also invests wisely in renewal, innovation and expansion of products and its processes.

Author: Bea Stanford

Bea Stanford is the founder of the Best Dutch Brands website.

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