Van der Ende Groep will be adding a Canadian branch from Q1 2023. This expansion represents an important second step for Van der Ende Groep – following the recent acquisition of Quality Pumps & Machines (QPM) Belgium – in achieving its international ambitions.
“I made my first exploratory trip to Canada back in the autumn of 2019,” says Lex van der Ende, Managing Director of Van der Ende Groep. “A lot of our customers were already located on that side of the Atlantic or were establishing branches there. And with good reasons. And despite (or rather, thanks to) the fact that end users there are also facing various challenges in the areas of water, energy, and legislation, there’s still tremendous potential, and there are many opportunities for us for development and growth.”
Marcel Boon, Chris van Staalduinen, Lex van der Ende and Arie van der Wijden.
Lex: “To be perfectly honest, with everything that’s been happening recently in the local and global horticulture sector, we did actually wonder whether the timing was right. But at the same time, swimming against the current is part of our company’s DNA. We make choices and apply our focus on the basis of our own strengths, norms, and values. It may sound simple and obvious, but in practice, this calls for unconventional thinking. Approaching issues from a different angle. Turning a threat into an opportunity, a potential weakness into a strength.”
Canada is certainly not an unknown territory for Van der Ende Groep. For many years it has exported products – both its own and other brands – to this part of the world. “Increasing pressure to improve sustainability, rising energy prices, and stricter laws mean that there’s a tremendous (latent) need for knowledge and know-how relating to the themes of water and climate. With our innovative products and experience, we’re in an excellent position to meet that need,” says Micha van Nieuwkerk, CCO of Van der Ende Groep.
“The Canadian culture is very much like the Dutch culture, especially in the Westland area, so we look forward with great confidence to working with our future colleagues,” says Marcel Boon, CHRO of Van der Ende Groep, with a wink.
Van der Ende Groep will launch in Ontario, Canada, with the 3-S principle of Sales, Service, and Stock, and other disciplines will be added to these in the future.