VDL Groep, headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is an international industrial family business with 104 operating companies, spread throughout 20 countries, with more than 17,000 employees. The VDL companies break down into four divisions: Subcontracting, Car Assembly, Buses and Coaches and Finished products.
Strength through cooperation
Strength through cooperation. That is the cornerstone of VDL Groep. The company was founded in 1953 by Pieter van der Leegte. Initially, VDL Groep specialised in metalworking. Later the portfolio was expanded to include plastics processing, the development, manufacture and sale 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 clout 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.
The combined annual turnover in 2018 was 5.991 billion euros. In November 2016, after 50 years of entrepreneurship, Wim van der Leegte passed the reins of the family business to the management team, which includes his three children Pieter, Jennifer and Willem. Willem van der Leegte has succeeded his father as President and CEO of VDL Groep.
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