VDL Groep launches, online platform for placing metalworking orders

VDL Groep launches, online platform for placing metalworking orders

26 April 2022

VDL Groep takes a major step forward in digitalising production and business processes for placing on-demand orders for metal products. The launch of the new platform puts laser cutting and trimming within reach of the entire manufacturing industry at a single click. Flexible, well-organised and custom-made. As many as you require, when and where.

“The demand for simple processes for ordering quality products with timely delivery is increasing. This is accelerating the growth of on-demand production in the market. Flexibility, automation, speed and scalability are a key focus in this respect,” says Willem van der Leegte, President and CEO of VDL Groep. “Our supplier, VDL Technics in Boxtel in the Netherlands, is the first VDL company to integrate our platform into their production and business processes. By making our many years of experience in custom laser cutting and trimming available online, we are able to simplify and accelerate the order process. As a result a quote is now available within minutes.”

The new platform is part of VDL Groep’s broader digitalisation strategy whereby the competencies of other operating companies of this industrial family business will be integrated into a single made-to-order platform for a wide range of metal and plastics machining techniques.

Automated order process simplifies metalworking-related processes, thus making it possible to easily contract out parts of the metalworking process. After the digital work files are uploaded to the platform a quote is immediately available. Once the quote is approved, the fully automated production process is started and the products are delivered to the specified address. To facilitate this process, VDL Technics’ laser centre has been further expanded with new machines with an automatic module for clearing out the products and fully automated trimming benches, which makes 24/7 production possible. combines VDL’s latest digital production facilities with more than 60 years of expertise, experience and craftmanship of this industrial family business.

About VDL Groep

Strength through cooperation. This is the basis of VDL Groep, an international industrial family business with its head office in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This business was established in 1953 by Pieter van der Leegte. Initially, VDL Groep specialised in metalworking. When his son Wim van der Leegte took over the company in 1966, the company started specialising in high-tech subcontracting in industries such as the semiconductor industry, later adding plastics processing and the development, production and sale of buses & coaches to its portfolio. VDL Groep is a major player in the fields of subcontracting and semi-finished products and manufactures its own finished products, such as suspension systems, automated car plant systems, heat exchangers and container handling equipment. With VDL Nedcar in Born, it has the only car plant in the Netherlands where serial assembly for third parties takes place.
VDL Groep innovates through a combination of professionalism, entrepreneurship and high-quality machines. The group of companies combines the strength of a multinational with the flat organisation structure and open, informal working atmosphere of a family business where growth opportunities and continuity take precedence. The third Van der Leegte family generation has been at the group’s helm since 2016. VDL Groep has over 15,000 employees and operates in 19 countries. The group comprises 105 operating companies, each with its own specialism, working together intensively. In 2021, the combined annual revenue was 4.995 billion euros.