WireCo WorldGroup Inc. (WireCo), the world’s leading producer and marketer of specialty steel wire ropes and high performance synthetic ropes, announced April 16th that WireCo has acquired the majority of the assets of Endenburg B.V. (Gouda), a Netherlands based company. As part of the agreement, WireCo will establish a crane rope distribution center at the current Gouda location, called the WireCo Crane Center.
Founded in 1855, Endenburg has been a trusted name in the shipping, towing, construction and transport industry. Headquartered in Gouda, Netherlands, Endenburg supplies high quality hoisting and lifting gear including steel wire ropes, shackles and high performance synthetic ropes.
“The new WireCo Crane Rope Distribution Center in Gouda will allow WireCo to adjust to changing markets by reducing order to shipment turnaround time, while also providing new opportunities to improve services to our distributors,” said Mr. Blake Chandler, WireCo Senior Vice President. “This new facility establishes a key central stocking location with good inland transportation routes near the Rotterdam Port, allowing WireCo to provide quicker response times to support both our European and international distributors.”
Mr. Chandler has appointed Mr. Marc Altena to serve as the General Manager of the WireCo Crane Center which will commence operations in mid-April. Mr. Altena has managed the distribution center of Ymuiden Stores for the Fishing Industry until now.
Key points to recent announcement:
- The Gouda location will exclusively service WireCo’s distribution partners and select OEM’s, focusing on our Casar and Oliveira crane ropes.
- WireCo’s German fabrication and distribution center will continue to operate.
- The new WireCo facility, located near the Rotterdam port, will allow WireCo to be “close to the market” with turnaround times within 24 hours when needed.
- Endenburg’s current maritime, offshore and heavy lifting departments will continue from Lankhorst Ropes located in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, under the Lankhorst Ropes name.