THE GROWTH

On January 8, 1979, Sip Hoekstra became a co-shareholder of WEMO. On March 15, 1985, Sip Hoekstra took over the remaining shares of the company. At that time, WEMO had about 45 employees. In the following years, WEMO grew in size and technology, transforming punch units and bending machines into complete fully automatic production lines. There were some personal highlights along the way, such as the visit of King Carl Gustav of Sweden to the WEMO stand and Sip Hoekstra conducting the James Last Orchestra on a jovial evening.

 

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THE YEAR 1989

Around the 25th anniversary, WEMO had approximately 90 employees. WEMO designed and built fully automatic, computer-controlled production lines for punching and bending metal sheets and tubes for the sheet metal processing industry. These solutions produced items such as desk drawers, lighting fixtures, doors, and panels for refrigerators, dishwashers, range hoods, and office furniture. From simple punch units to fully automated processing lines over 30 meters in length, WEMO’s revenue amounted to more than 20 million guilders per year. Additionally, WEMO developed software with programs that allowed for ultra-fast product changes.

 

At a trade fair, we encountered a Swiss technician who was selling presses that had been made obsolete by the hydro units developed by WEMO.” said Sip Hoekstra. This marked the beginning of exports in 1973. “If you see the opportunity to sell your products in Switzerland, the rest will follow naturally.

 

For the customer, we create something specific—not the cheapest, but the best. Quality comes first. We try to gain the customer’s trust in our capabilities, our product, and our company.

 

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VISION FOR THE FUTURE

A development that WEMO foresaw at the time was that customers would increasingly expect complete solutions from us. Not just a machine that delivers products, but complete products ready-packed or provided with the necessary welding work. In the future, there expected more and more demand for turnkey projects…

 

This was the beginning of the complete solutions that WEMO offers today as a complete system integrator. WEMO experienced successful growth, gradually becoming what it is today. Read everything about the following years here: THE SECOND GENERATION

 

 

 

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