"Upscaling and internationalisation are two trends that should not be underestimated. You need a good plan for that and we have been working hard on it. This simply turned out to be the best option for us," says Bert Strikkers of Alumat Zeeman. Last week the acquisition of Alumat Zeeman by BOAL Group and their strategic partner Equistone was announced.
"BOAL is a well-known player in the market and is both our customer and supplier," says Bert. "We buy parts and profiles for our screening systems from them and also supply products to Boal. We have been connected for a long time now, and we get on well. Moreover, it is a company that also has a clear growth strategy and specific international orientation. And even more important: it is a company based in the Westland, the Netherlands. We are familiar with their culture and connect well with the team," Bert explains.
Is this choice also a choice for Equistone, the investment company that BOAL bought a few years ago? "BOAL deliberately chose for Equistone some years ago and they have been very happy with the collaboration. Both companies continue doing what they are good at," says Bert. This continuity to do what you do best is also what this takeover is all about. "It is important for us to continue focussing on individual strengths as well. We can do things they cannot do, while same can be said for them. We can use that synergy."
At BOAL they are also happy with the joining of forces. "The company has a strong position in the market thanks to its unique qualities around supplying components and complete systems for horticulture," says CEO Ronald Boers. "In addition, we are proud to add the experienced and talented colleagues to BOAL's larger team. We are convinced that together we can offer better solutions to our global customers."
Alumat Zeeman has a history of 93 years. The company innovates, designs and manufactures greenhouse components, air mechanics and screen installations as well as complete screen and air systems to the global agriculture and horticulture industries. Last year, the company took a new production hall and office into use - something that was necessary in view of its strong growth.
In recent years, more companies have shown interest in the company. "We have seen increasing consolidation in the business in recent years and we expect this to continue. After all, it also applies to us: Alumat Zeeman is a perfectly healthy company. We aren't interested in the money, but we were looking at further growth opportunities and further internationalisation. We can now continue this at a faster pace. Business as usual, but then a little more." And that will continue to happen under the familiar banner of Alumat Zeeman. "The sky is our limit."
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