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40 YEARS 1977 - 2017
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Brakel owes its 40th anniversary to committed staff

May 2017
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Enthusiasm and innovative capacity are the key to success

‘The engagement, the enthusiasm and the innovative capacity of our people are the key to our success‘ says Ton van Gerwen, Brakel‘s managing director.

‘Employees who contribute ideas, who have an eye for market needs, they have made it possible for us to grow from a small business, housed in a chicken shed, into a globally active company with a staff of 400 FTE and a turnover in excess of 70 million.

People who are committed to satisfied customers, in the past, present and also future... long-term relationships built on trust... that is our starting point‘ adds Patrick van Bernebeek, financial director.

‘We developed our own high-quality products and systems. They formed the basis for our projects.

We are proud of what we have achieved in a market that was not always easy‘, according to Ton van Gerwen and Patrick van Bernebeek.

Therefore, in September, Brakel will be celebrating its ruby anniversary with the ones who are directly involved. Ton van Gerwen: ‘It is indeed worth commemorating. We have achieved this together. It certainly did not come about all by itself. During the past 40 years, we have had to cope with various recessions which we have been able to overcome thanks to our employees‘ innovative power, perseverance and flexibility.

We have now been working for 40 years - day in day out - committed to beautiful products and projects whose central themes have been Light and Air and Safety. This has resulted in aesthetic, comfortable, (fire) safe buildings with plenty of daylight and fresh air, such as Palacio de Comunicaciones in Madrid, Lidl in Hungary, Jaguar LandRover in Great Britain, MediaPolis in Singapore and Bavaria and the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands.
I am proud of the way in which we have realised these projects together and that we innovatively and flexibly prepare and anticipate new developments in a good atmosphere.
For these reasons, I am positive that, in the future, we will also be able to realise many more of such projects with both experienced workers and young people with expert knowledge in the Netherlands and in the rest of Europe (and beyond).
Projects that we can only realise thanks to the trust our customers place in us. A trust based on the experience that Brakel also continues to be engaged after a project has been completed. It is no exception that, 40 years ago, we realised a building and now we still carry out the maintenance, renovation or new construction for the same customer. Through the years, we have had different generations of contact persons, but the common goal have always remained the same: the creation of a comfortable and safe living environment. A strong foundation on which we can face the future with confidence.‘

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