VETUS recently announced plans to build new headquarters in the same neighborhood of Schiedam, where VETUS founder Willem den Ouden started the business from his home, nearly 60 years ago.
The plans for the new 102,000 square-foot facility offer a thoughtfully laid out office space to encourage collaboration and creativity and will vastly improve the employee environment. It will also increase the warehouse space to double the current capacity, as part of company’s growth strategy and will be able to cater for the evolving needs of VETUS customers. Additionally, the location will offer better facilities to show case products and conduct in-water tests with dedicated mooring spaces for VETUS demo boats.
The building will feature a rooftop solar panel array, generating much of its own energy, and won’t use any natural gas to heat up the building, relying instead on sophisticated heat pumps. This means the building will be almost energy neutral.
“After 50 years of VETUS being housed in the Fokkerstraat in Schiedam, it’s exciting to be moving into this impressive HQ in 2024 which will also be our 60th anniversary year," VETUS CEO Marcel Borsboom said. "This light, bright, modern facility has been designed with the latest thinking on maximizing staff wellbeing and effective collaboration, that will make VETUS much more attractive as an employer, and it places us in, what is fast becoming, a marine cluster. In recent years, several plots on Havenstraat have been (re)developed into high-quality office buildings and various light-industrial business units, mainly aimed at the maritime industry. Commercial marine companies such as Palfinger, Jumbo Maritime, Wärtsilä and Boluda Towage are already located here.”
The new warehouse will be equipped with the latest developments in automated storage and retrieval systems and have a significantly greater pallet capacity than in the current VETUS warehouse, helping the company to store, process, and ship its products in a much more efficient way. This move is part of VETUS’ wider and long-term strategy for growth and development, which has seen the increase of its global presence through the opening of new branch offices, as well as multiple regional team expansions. All of which have been driven by the positive and significant increase in sales.