History

The original Witte van Moort, later the founder of the family business, was born on 24 September 1910 in the village of St. Annaland in the Dutch province of Zeeland. His exceptional entrepreneurial talent was already apparent when he was still a young boy. Before he was even ten years old, Witte started up his first little business in his granddad’s shed. Aged eighteen, he left Zeeland and found his first job as a car mechanic at the other side of the country, in the region Twente. In 1937, Witte married his childhood sweetheart Frida and a couple of years later his son Adriaan was born, on 24 May 1939.

The 1940s and 50s saw the basic development of the Witte van Moort company. At the time, there was a shortage of bicycle tyres, and Witte’s entrepreneurial approach and inventiveness led him to do a lot of experimenting in the shed, resulting in the first vulcanised tyre. Shortly after, the “Metaalwarenindustrie Witte van Moort” was founded and developed rapidly when Witte was offered a small crank press, which allowed him to shape sheet metal. A major investment back then, but Witte’s entrepreneurial mind-set immediately allowed him see the many possibilities. In no time, he had started producing fuel tanks for mopeds, his first deep-drawn product. A few months later when Witte won his first major assignment, the crank press was quickly banished from the shed and a real factory was constructed with professional machinery

In the 1960s, the company grew into a large and successful manufacturer of moped parts, but when mopeds became less popular in the early 70s, it was time for new ideas. That was also when Adri van Moort, Witte’s eldest son, was appointed associate director. Under his leadership, a toolmaking workshop was set up that formed the basis for the knowledge and know-how which still benefits our customers today. The LPG gas tank was also rapidly gaining in popularity and Witte van Moort also introduced its first ERP system.

In the years that followed, under the inspiring leadership of father and son, the company quickly became a leading manufacturer and specialist in deep drawing of sheet metal, not least because it realised the importance of the computer early on. Ever innovative, Witte van Moort was one of the first Dutch companies to install a 2D laser and a welding robot in the 1980s. Real success came during that period with the sale of LPG tanks. The company’s quality goals also became clear in 1991 when the ISO 9001 certificate was awarded. Witte van Moort continued to digitise its production process. 3D CAD drawing systems were introduced, as well as a 3D laser (one of the first in the Netherlands). Exports increased steadily in the 1990s, and Witte van Moort could rightly call itself an international provider of high-quality sheet metal products.

The 21st century quickly produced a highlight with the installation of the largest press in our range of machines, a 1500-tonne double-acting hydraulic deep drawing press. Production equipment was further automated and the logistics systems and processes were optimised, with 2D lasers being linked to automatic sheet metal warehouses.In 2007, Adriaan handed over management to his son, Wido van Moort, the current director of the company. Under his leadership, Witte van Moort has increasingly specialised in large and complex deep-drawn products and welded assemblies, the core of its current business.