21 January 2010

IHC Lagersmit relocates to high-tech production facility


After more than 150 years, IHC Lagersmit is leaving behind the shipyard in Kinderdijk. From 25 January 2010 onwards, the company will be serving its clients from a new high-tech production facility in Alblasserdam.

At the yard in Kinderdijk, IHC Lagersmit has been a long-time supplier of seals for rotating shafts. In the past ten years, the company has grown strongly: in sales and market share. “The rapidly changing market requires innovative solutions, short lead and delivery times, and guaranteed quality. So it was decided in 2008 to invest in new premises and a new production method”, explains Willem Steenge, the Managing Director of IHC Lagersmit.

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So it wasn't just a question of a new roof: our approach to production will be changing radically. The new production strategy is based on ‘Lean Thinking’ and the machine park has undergone far-reaching automation.

The company will be opening its doors on 25 January 2010 on the Nieuwland Parc industrial estate in Alblasserdam. The official opening will be later this year.

IHC Merwede Profile
IHC Merwede is focused on the continuous development of its design and construction activities for the specialised shipbuilding sector, in particular the dredging and offshore industries. IHC Merwede is the world market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment. IHC Merwede is also recognised as an outstanding builder of complex, custom-built vessels for offshore construction. The clients of IHC Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.

IHC Merwede has a staff of approximately 2,800 at its locations in the Netherlands. There are also branches in China, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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