A quarter of a century of top quality from Groeneveld’s most important production location
In the same year Groeneveld Group in Gorinchem celebrates its 40th anniversary, Groeneveld Italia S.r.l. will be marking 25 years of production.
Groeneveld products have been produced in Italy since 1980, but a complete new factory in northern Italy came into operation in 1986. With modern production facilities, a research and development department and dedicated staff, nearly all Groeneveld and GreenCat products are developed and produced there including some 40,000 automatic greasing systems produced annually.
Alongside a range of automatic greasing systems, the OilMaster oil management system, GreenSight active safety systems and cameras, speed limiters and the GreenCat On-board computers are produced in Italy. With more than 2,500 different products and kits, the variety of Groeneveld products is as diverse as its applications. Groeneveld Italia is responsible for the direct supply of all Groeneveld and GreenCat products to the company’s own subsidiaries within the Groeneveld Group, to independent importers and to leading OEMs including Volvo, Caterpillar, Mercedes, EvoBus, DAF, MAN, VDL, Komatsu, Liebherr, Bell, JCB and many other wellestablished manufacturers of trucks, buses and earthmoving equipment.
For many years Groeneveld has held the philosophy – ‘to provide the best product, you need to develop and produce it yourself.’ Groeneveld therefore has its own R&D centres in the Netherlands, Israel and Italy and its own production facilities. The sensors and software for the GreenSight safety systems are produced in Israel, whilst all other Groeneveld products are manufactured in the modern factory in Cassago Brianza in northern Italy.
“It’s an excellent location for a the production of products like ours,” says Groeneveld’s technical director Willem van der Hulst, who has been responsible for product development and production at the company for thirty years. “Northern Italy has a remarkable number of high quality suppliers where we have components manufactured which we assemble into finished products on our modern production lines. We are surrounded here by hundreds of large and small companies which deliver the highest quality in terms of machining metal and plastics, electronics, precision engineering and sub-assembly, for example. It makes this location in northern Italy unique in Europe.”
Ready for further growth Groeneveld Italia’s site covers a total area of 14,500m². The facility includes the Product Development department.
The site is also home to the central warehouse, which forms the logistical heart of the distribution to Groeneveld’s regional logistics centres in the Netherlands, France, USA and Australia. The modern production facilities are fully prepared for Groeneveld’s future growth plans.