In the heart of Europe, drive technology always in mind
“Because of the very positive development in the region, for example through e-mobility projects, we are strengthening our position with a series of investments in the Benelux”, says Vincent Zicot, Regional Manager Benelux at KEB. The growing team will support and grow the business in three countries and four languages: Dutch and French – but also Luxemburgish and a little German.
Part one is strengthening the team. This started already in 2019 with the hiring of two new colleagues – one additional Sales Manager and one Sales Support Engineer. “The hiring process will continue as the business is consolidating and growing, in particular in the Netherlands”, explains Zicot.
The second part comes naturally with a growing team: new offices. As of June 2020, the KEB Benelux team moved to new offices in Dilbeek, just ten kilometres west of the European Union capital – Brussels. “This central location will allow existing and future customers to reach us easily for further meetings, trainings and testing works”, says the Engineer. The offices are not far by car or train from anywhere in the Benelux. “We also have short distances internally due to the proximity to the company headquarters.” The 160 square metre office will offer a state-of-the-art working environment for the team with modern meeting rooms and a demo room, too.
But the development strategy goes far beyond 2020, of course: “The presence of important OEM’s in target sectors such as process industries, intralogistics, textile and the e-mobility offers many growing opportunities in the region, either directly or via existing partners and distributors”, says Zicot. New area of development also encompasses the service business and the retrofit of machine drive systems in partnership with integrators. Historically, KEB Automation has been present in the region since the early days of the company thanks to distributors, the KEB export team and a dedicated Sales Manager, Koen DeTaeye, who started his sales activities in 2000 in Belgium and Luxemburg.
Author: Daniel Kappmeyer