VDL Groep strengthens its position in the agricultural sector. The industrial family business with its head office in Eindhoven has taken over Jansen Poultry Equipment. JPE is manufacturers of high-quality poultry systems for the laying, breeding and broiler sectors. The profitable family business from Barneveld (Province of Gelderland) has about 125 employees and its 2019 annual turnover was more than 50 million euros.
Jansen specialises in the development and manufacturing of systems that are vital to the poultry sector, from housing systems, egg transport systems, unloading systems, air washers and heat exchangers to manure drying systems. These sophisticated systems, manufactured in-house from design to finished product, including service and maintenance, aim to improve the chickens’ well-being and health, leading to better production results for the business owner. JPE has a global dealer network and operates in more than 80 countries.
VDL considers JPE a welcome addition to the products of VDL Agrotech, a specialist in automated feeding systems for pig and poultry farmers, as well as a supplier of entire lifestock systems. With JPE among its ranks, VDL will be a more complete provider for the international poultry market, a highly promising sector. The market is increasingly looking for a broadly oriented partner who can supply systems for both the egg and meat sectors.
VDL Agrotech and Jansen Poultry Equipment have been working together for years now. This takeover will further intensify the strength through cooperation between VDL Agrotech and Jansen Poultry Equipment. ‘Despite the many challenges due to the current conditions, this takeover is just right for us. We’re convinced JPE and VDL will reinforce each other,’ says President and CEO of VDL Groep, Willem van der Leegte.
Ab Jansen, founder of JPE: ‘I’m proud and thrilled about the fact that this takeover allows my employees to continue to work for a family business. It also offers long-term continuity for the business in Barneveld. I’m looking forward to intensifying the collaboration with VDL, which will largely hold on to our existing policy.’ Ab Jansen will continue to use his extensive knowledge and expertise in an advisory role. Brian van Hooff, Managing Director of VDL Agrotech, will also be managing JPE.