In 1992, when Jos and Hennie Willems started their own company, called Willems Techniek, they had no idea that 27 years later they and their sons Bram and Harm would own a family company that sells and installs fully automatic machines and machine lines worldwide. Turn-key projects and high-quality custom work based on a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Where it started
It all started in a rental building in Reusel. Jos designed and built the machines. Hennie did the administration and took care of the children, Harm and Bram. When Jos set off for a customer, Hennie took care of goods receipt. And if extra "hands" were needed, she even cooperated in the workshop.
The first employee was added in 1993 and in 1994 a new building was built on the industrial site in Reusel. In that year, the first baler was also designed and drawn in lime. Two years later the building had to be expanded again and the first design of the semi-automatic silage (silage) baler with flat foil was created, drawn in two-dimensional in autocad. The fully automatic press / foil machines followed in 1996.
The following years the development of new machines and new markets continued, with the result that Willems quickly started looking for expansion again.
Ahead of time
Willems was ahead of its time in terms of machinery and design and that was seen at home and abroad. The first machines were sold within Europe from 1998 and from 2003 in the United States. The name had meanwhile been changed to Willems. It was important that Jos Willems always install the first machine in a country himself. On the one hand for quality but also to experience the culture.
To meet customer demand, a building was first built at 12 Hallenstraat in Bladel. The demand from customers increasingly focused on building complete machine lines including import and supply and stacking of products. In that new building, Willems baling distinguished itself by a very modern design of machines such as a laser cutter with which they could go through the growth.