The Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) recently published an interview with our export manager Erik van den Hurk about the activities of Remco Building Systems in Africa. Network organization NABC provides a platform for enhancing business between the Netherlands and Africa.
Global steel companies are all over the news these days, especially with US president Donald Trump on the verge of starting a trade war with China. But longtime NABC member, Remco Building Systems, specialized in steel, is not affected by this at all. “We started working in Africa only eight years ago and now Africa accounts for roughly 40% of our exports,” said Erik van den Hurk, the company’s export manager, who has been with the company for 20 years.
Remco Building Systems, which is part of the Janssen de Jong Groep, designs and constructs factories, breweries and storage facilities, basically every type of company premises that involves steel. “We can construct every type of building, no matter what the facility is being used for,” said Mr. Van den Hurk.
The company, founded 45 years ago and hailing from the Dutch village of Nieuwkuijk, near ’s-Hertogenbosch, was originally only active in Europe and the Caribbean. “Through one of our business partners we landed our first African assignment in Gabon in 2010,” recalled Mr. Van den Hurk. “It became a successful venture, after which we started to see the full potential of the African market.” Read the compete interview on the NABC website.