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Adapting to a bright future in technique To remain at the top of the league globally, it is important for industries to innovate. Adaptability is key in order to stay ahead and continue to be competitive and this is particularly the case in the technical sector in the Netherlands. TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: vEKON CONTROL SYSTEMS
Judith vermeulen, from the Dutch company vekon, knows the technical industry inside out and is eager to highlight some of the crucial areas for innovation that can help the sector to excel. So far, productivity, success and economic growth have characterised the industry, but she also points at challenges lying ahead.
A Dutch mentality “Looking at our global presence, the Dutch have stood out internationally by being able to integrate in a new environment without losing our identity,” she says. vermeulen believes that this ability to adapt in combination with the knowledge of the production industry will continue to
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benefit the Dutch economy in years to come, particularly in the branch in which she is active: highly complex technical constructions.
this to us means relieving the company from having to worry about it and staying focused on their core competence.”
Improving the cycle vekon specialises in the assembly of control units such as electrical modules and consoles, panel construction and cabling. It works with many original equipment manufacturers (or OEMs), and companies from the maritime sector – including ship builders and off shore businesses.
vekon does much more than electro technical production. Throughout the industrial supply chain – from raw materials to completed goods – there is often room for improvement as the product passes through different companies in various stages and vermeulen keeps a close eye on this.
“Especially OEMs need specific control equipment,” says vermeulen, co-owner and founder of vekon. “We specialise in the assembly of custom made, high quality electrical panels and cabinets. Outsourcing
“When we look at a production chain as a whole, we see that things are often done twice, for example elements being wrapped and unwrapped several times. It is important that the different links in the
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