On the 13th of September P. van Leeuwen Jr's Buizenhandel B.V. opened a 5 mega watt peak solar panel installation. The official opening was executed by former prime minister of the Netherlands: Jan Peter Balkenende. With the installation of these 9.100 solar panels on the roof of our warehouse in Zwijndrecht van Leeuwen is taking an important step in the reduction of CO2 emission.
‘I thoroughly enjoy working in sales. My contacts with existing and new customers give me a great deal of satisfaction. In addition, in my leadership role I find it inspiring to get the most out of my team members. Sparring together to find the best solutions for our customers and then implementing them together. In my job I am able to perfectly combine these passions,’ says Timo Sostmeier, Regional Sales Manager at Van Leeuwen Germany.
The development of a new pricing strategy, a better digital connection with customers and the rollout of SAP S/4 HANA. Project Manager Commercial Excellence Emelia Hjortenholt is involved in different innovation projects at Van Leeuwen. ‘I enjoy contributing ideas about how we can continue to make progress to even better serve our customers.’
Boris Guedel started as Technical & Supply Chain Manager at Van Leeuwen France in Lyon in September 2021. Although he has only been working at Van Leeuwen for a short period of time, he is very impressed by the company’s entrepreneurial spirit. ‘Moreover, the lines are short, which makes it possible for us to quickly convert good ideas into concrete actions for our customers.’
Johan has 25 years of experience in the pipe and tube industry and joined Heléns in 2017. He lauds the company’s entrepreneurial spirit. ‘Van Leeuwen is not afraid to stick out its neck and to make large-scale investments when it sees an opportunity,’ he says. ‘OneHalmstad of course is an example of this. It shows that Van Leeuwen believes in a great future for Heléns and that creates a lot of positive energy within our company.’ In the near future, the company premises in Olofsdalsvägen will cover a total area of 60,000 m2.
Mark Reinhart was appointed Inside Sales Manager at Van Leeuwen Canada at the end of 2021. ‘Serving customers with our elaborate product portfolio and developing durable relationships with them is something I do with pleasure every day,’ he says. ‘I now lead a team of eight professionals, but I also regularly pick up the phone myself to maintain good contact with our key accounts.’
The Automotive segment distinguishes itself from other markets through its long-term and intensive customer relationships. ‘The cooperation with our customers often begins years before a new vehicle model shows up on the market,’ says Michael Moczorodynski, Head of Sales and Purchasing at Kindlimann AG in Switzerland, a Van Leeuwen company.
Fenti Kertasari started off as a salesperson at Van Leeuwen Distribution Indonesia in 2001. She rose to become the company’s Managing Director. She is above all proud of her team. ‘Our colleagues make the greatest possible effort to provide customers with the best quality pipes and tubes, and service. This is crucial in our business where being a reliable partner determines your success.’
‘I am proud to be working at Van Leeuwen,’ says Joost Koning, Manager Marketing and Business Development at Van Leeuwen Netherlands. ‘I am focused on marketing, business development and managing improvement projects. It is a varied position in which I am able to effectively deploy my strategic and conceptual skills to create the maximum possible added value for our customers.’
Van Leeuwen is happy to contribute to various charities, both large and small. For example, Van Leeuwen supports the Leeuw Foundation, a shelter for large cats located on the Hoenderdaell Estate in North Holland.
Van Leeuwen demonstrates its corporate social responsibility by supporting various regional and local charitable projects. Our company Heléns in Sweden, for example, together with Van Leeuwen’s head office is sponsoring partner of Better Shelter, a social enterprise that improves the lives of persons displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters, by providing affordable temporary shelter and a dignified, safer life away from home.
Robyn Coates, Sales Manager at Van Leeuwen Australia, has 25 years of experience in the pipe and tube industry. Over the years she has developed lasting relationships in the market and devoted efforts to acquiring broad and in-depth product knowledge. ‘At Van Leeuwen we are able to meet virtually any demand.’
For the construction of the HES Hartel Tank Terminal, Van Leeuwen Zwijndrecht supplied over 80 km of pipelines. Construction of this tank terminal in Rotterdam started in 2018. On a 27-hectare site, 54 tanks were built with a total capacity of 1.3 million cubic meters.