Acquisition of swivel castor manufacturer LIV KOLESA d.o.o.
The parent company of Konijnenburg BV, Konindustries BV, takes a 50% interest in LIV KOLESA d.o.o.
The location has 170 employees and achieved a turnover of €14 million in 2017. For Konijnenburg Wielen, the takeover is an important strengthening of its market position. LIV Kolesa is regarded in Slovenia as the most competitive wheel manufacturer in Europe thanks to its automated presses and favourable labor costs. Thanks to this acquisition, Konijnenburg customers will have the opportunity to obtain large quantities with only a few weeks’ delivery time, where producers from Asia often take 2-3 months.
Acquisition of wheel producer VLUKON BV
With the takeover of Vlukon BV in Vaals, the possibilities for developing customised products quickly are strengthened. Vlukon has a long tradition of producing wheels with metal rims for industrial and agricultural applications. The company has an in-house design and engineering department and its own mould fabrication facility, which means that leading customers such as Lely, John Deere, New Holland, Kärcher and Doppelmayr ski lifts have been turning to Vlukon for tailor-made solutions for many years. The takeover doubles the turnover in the Konindustries group to €12 million. In order to further develop the company’s advantages, a partnership is entered into with the largest technical university in Europe, the RWTH Aachen and Fachhochschule Aachen.
The 3rd generation of Konijnenburg
After 4 years of working on custom product development and program expansion, Floris van Konijnenburg takes over the shares from his father.
Floris has a background in Technical Business Administration and Finance MSc. Under the leadership of Floris, the organisation focuses even more on being able to quickly develop high-quality customised solutions for industrial customers.
Since 2012, the organisation has shown an annual organic growth of 10 to 15%.
In addition, preparations are underway for strategic partnerships and the acquisition of manufacturers of high-quality industrial components.
Acquisition of LANGERAK WHEELS
Langerak Wheels, which was known as a supplier of high-quality polyurethane wheels, is taken over by Konijnenburg BV. The warehouse will be integrated in the central Konijnenburg BV warehouse in Amsterdam.
The 2nd generation Van Konijnenburg
In 1977 Pim took over his father’s shares.
He focused more on wheels. A product group manager was appointed for other product groups such as compressed air, bonding equipment and vehicle construction articles.
Other product groups disappeared from the range. Both steps were taken to become more specialised. Through this focus, Pim ensured that Konijnenburg Wielen has become synonymous with quality, service and customer focus throughout the Benelux.
Due to growth, Konijnenburg moved to Amsterdam in 1953. This was necessary for more spacious accommodation and a more central location.
The choice fell on the back of a large building on the Prins Hendrikkade. This building was also not big enough to keep up with the growth. In 1967 a new building was taken into use on the Sloterdijk industrial estate, Elektronstraat 19. A custom-designed and built building, it offered plenty of room for future growth—not only for wheels but also for new products.
In this way, Konijnenburg was ready for further growth, not only in the Netherlands but throughout Europe.
In 1946 Wim van Konijnenburg started his own company.
Its activities in the beginning consisted of the sale of wooden toys and the representation of Czech woodworking tools.
Trade was under the name Grimpex (Wholesale Import-Export). The office was a room in Wim’s home, and his mother handled the administration. Packages were packed by Wim’s father. Wim’s son, Pim, brought packages to the post office on his scooter. A real family business.
Custom wheels and transport solutions
Konijnenburg Wielen was founded in 1946 by W van Konijnenburg with the aim of developing high-quality industrial products for an attractive price. To this day, the continuity of our family business has been guaranteed. In the meantime, we have been the specialist for 75 years in the development and supply of high-quality wheels for various sectors, including agriculture and horticulture, waste collection and recycling, intra logistics and internal transport en industry. With more than 2600 loyal customers on the counter, Konijnenburg Wielen is still developing vigorously.
What we stand for
We work every day to make work life easier. We always provide appropriate sales advice with our technical sales team. This is part of our top quality service that we provide to customers. We believe that our wheels and efforts support an easy work life for our end user. This translates into the design of our products and the way we interact with our customers, employees and business partners. In this way we ensure an optimal price/quality ratio for the solution that best suits your application.
Due to the success of the family business Konijnenburg, the company has expanded by taking over the factories of its suppliers. In 1962 Konijnenburg Wielen purchased the first production machines. Because Konijnenburg Wielen now has two production locations, it produces all its wheels itself. This enables us to realise volume imports and offer customised solutions. This way we can always meet the needs of the customer and help them make their work easier.
In our range you will find industrial wheels, swivel and fixed wheels, container parts, ball castors, pneumatic tyre wheels, scaffolding wheels and truck locks in various shapes. Are you unsure about which wheel is most suitable for your application? Then contact our experts.
For almost every sector
We apply customisation in almost every sector. This usually concerns special wishes regarding the functionality. For example, the resilience of a wheel, a certain intelligent braking effect, easier operation of the brake, higher load capacities or specific dimensions. We also regularly introduce innovations in the material used to strengthen wheels.
Our service is also custom work
At Konijnenburg, customisation is not only about our products, but also about our service. For example, we can take over your logistic process by keeping the desired products in stock. This way we can always deliver these to you the next working day. Konijnenburg also delivers throughout Europe.
Design for manufacturability
Interested in customisation? Then please contact us. We usually ask our customers to deliver a few samples of the wheel in question together with a description of the problem or issue. We will then study the application and come back to you with a suitable solution, without incurring too many costs. We call this design for manufacturability. Of course, we also think about the future viability of your wheels.