From Engineering to Installation
Besides building single units, we produce in minor or medium series. We execute the entire process – from engineering, sheet metal processing, machining, welding, sandblasting to assembling and installing – at our own workshop. Therefore, we have excellent control over the lead times of our production processes, resulting in a significant contribution to the time-to-market.
Quality of our products is paramount, as well is ingenuity, flexibility and reliability. Our knowhow and experience empowers us to add incredible value to your design or drawing, resulting in practically optimized production processes of the manufacturer. On request, the service engineering of our service department will install and maintain all systems of our clients worldwide.
History VDL Systems
The organization currently known as VDL Systems was founded in the year 1953 by the Zweegers brothers as Landwerk N.V. After 10 years of producing automation systems for pig and poultry farming, the company was bought by CHV, located in Veghel, the Netherlands. Following in 1985, the company was renamed Laco B.V. and the focus shifted to automated feeding systems for solely the poultry industry.
Consequently, this development leaded to the acquisition of Laco B.V. by Meyn Group, an internationally operating market leader in poultry processing equipment and slaughter lines, based in Oostzaan, the Netherlands. At that moment, Laco B.V. had already moved to its current location at the Erfstraat on Industrieterrein Liessent in the neighboring town of Uden. Since then, a significant share of the production of machines and systems of Meyn would be developed and build by Laco’s factory in Uden.
VDL Systems B.V.
After 10 years of being a producer and supplier to the poultry industry as part of Meyn Group, the factory of Laco B.V. was bought by industrial conglomerate VDL Groep, based in Eindhoven , the Netherlands. Consequently, the company was renamed VDL Systems B.V. and developed itself as a dedicated processor of stainless steel and aluminum and developer of systems and machines for the entire food processing industry.
These days, VDL Systems is experiencing stable growth as being a successful organization in engineering and production for the global food processing industry, having an extensive machine park with state-of-the-art machinery and a growing and dedicated team of experts.
As a vital part of VDL Groep, VDL Systems is one of the companies within the Subcontracting division. In its role as sub-supplier VDL Systems does not primarily focus on supplying the end market (the food industry), but on serving and strengthening the OEM’s as mechanical engineering firms for the food processing industry. In this way, VDL Systems operates as a turnkey engineering and production partner for the suppliers of processing equipment to the food industry.
Strategy VDL Groep
Diversity in markets and products
Achieving diversity in terms of markets and products. It enables us to spread our risks effectively. If one branch of industry is not performing as well as it ought to be, another will compensate with slightly better results.
Our aim is to achieve controlled growth, both financially and in terms of our organizational structure. We have a very strong financial position and our organization has now benefited from significant further strengthening. We will not take any risks that could jeopardize the group as a whole.
Solid financial position
VDL has a strong financial position and is not overly reliant on banks. We believe that it is important to be able to continue to make our own policy decisions.
Production in Western Europe
We are committed to maintaining production in Western Europe (especially in the Netherlands and Flanders) and also to limited strategic production in low-income countries, to support employment in Western Europe.
VDL Groep is and always will be a family company
We are and will always continue to be a family-run company. VDL Groep is owned 100% by the Van der Leegte family. The family has agreed never to sell any shares to a third party, which has created a real sense of purpose in the organization. We are able to make the right decisions for our business with the minimum of delay.
Investment and innovation
Investing and innovating in employees, materials, products and techniques. We invest heavily in automation and robotics and want our employees to continue to develop too. We always strive to be the very best, which is why we deliver the best balance of quality, technology, logistics and costs.
As since 1998, we are part of VDL Groep, an internationally oriented industrial conglomerate, with its headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The entirely family-owned company with a total of 104 companies (2020) is based in 20 countries and employs around 16.000 people. The companies of VDL Groep are grouped into 4 Business Divisions: Subcontracting, Car Assembly, Buses & Coaches and Finished Products.
VDL Groep in 2020
The combined annual turnover in 2019 was 5.78 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.
Want to know more about the activities of VDL Groep. Visit the corporate website of VDL Groep or watch the corporate company film below.