Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology in the Netherlands has taken over its fellow electrical engineering company Elektrotechniek Harlingen effective 1 January 2016. Based in Urk, Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has long been one of the leading Dutch companies in the field of electrical systems for the fishing industry, seagoing vessels and superyachts, as well as in the worldwide delivery and installation of emergency power solutions for industry.
The management of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology has been looking at ways to expand the company’s service from the current head office in Urk and branch in Den Helder. A new office in Harlingen is ideal as the location in Friesland is at the intersection of the main Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology markets, including service & repair, fishing, yachtbuilding and offshore.
“We were already considering opening our own service centre in Harlingen when we met Fred Schulze, director of Elektrotechniek Harlingen,” explains the management of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology. “He indicated his intention to take things a bit easier due to his age, and, after a few conversations, we soon made an agreement. We clicked well – like us, Elektrotechniek Harlingen has a lot of experience and expertise in the marine industry and related systems. It is also no stranger to the fishing industry, which is obviously important for Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology. As we are increasingly fitting out new vessels in Harlingen, this second branch is a welcome addition and base for new projects. Harlingen is also situated right between Urk and Den Helder, increasing our ability to serve customers quickly.”
Elektrotechniek Harlingen started operating under the Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology flag immediately after the New Year. The existing staff at Elektrotechniek Harlingen will be retained with a branch manager appointed from Urk. The Harlingen office will be able to operate more flexibly after the acquisition, making larger orders more feasible thanks to support from the offices in Urk or Den Helder. The management of Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology explains: “In addition to our offices in Urk, Den Helder and Palma de Mallorca and service centre in Enkhuizen, this acquisition further strengthens our position in the northern Netherlands. Customers can expect the same quality and service in Harlingen as they are accustomed to at the head office in Urk.”