Centralization to create synergy benefits for ERIKS
An interview with Laurens Verberne, Business Controller at ERIKS, by Marcel te Lindert
A sustainable light industrial facility is currently under construction alongside the motorway on the outskirts of the Dutch city of Ede. From 2020 onwards, this is where technical wholesaler ERIKS will be centralizing several departments including its Industrial Plastics business unit and a part of general sales. Groenewout supported the company during the design of the building and the search for a suitable property developer. Laurens Verberne, Business Controller at ERIKS: “Groenewout is our guarantee that the full program of requirements will be realized under the best possible property development and lease terms.”
ERIKS supplies technical and mechanical components. It offers customers not only a wide choice of products, but also services and expert advice relating to all the components across its seven business units, one of which is Industrial Plastics. “In Industrial Plastics, we sell semi-finished products such as stock plates, round and hollow bars, but our added value lies in the further processing of those products,” says Laurens Verberne, Business Controller at ERIKS. “This ranges from first-line services such as cutting the stock plates, round and hollow bars to size, to third-line processing services in which we transform the semi-finished products into customer-specific components.”
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