Andus Group's foundations were laid in 1997. After Tom van Rijn had built up a business that provided technical installations for clients such as Shell, he returned to the Netherlands to assume control of BNG Steel Construction from parent company B&G Group. The investment company RijnDijk was created.
The creation of a group
The RijnDijk Staalgroep (Steel Group) developed very quickly. The engineering practice RijnDijk Engineering was established and the RijnDijk Staalgroep was disconnected from the factory in Budel and then split up into the business units BNG Steel Construction, Mebra Metalworking, and Bustaco Steel Preservation. The head office of the RijnDijk Staalgroep was set up in Eindhoven. In 2000, the RijnDijk Staalgroep assumed control of the former Netherlands Railways (NS) division P&K Utrecht, taking it over from Volker Stevin. That was followed by several other takeovers, such as the Rotterdam-based Lengkeek Steel Construction, Van der Cammen Steel Construction, and Hoogerwaard Cable Construction. The Schagen-based Wijnker Van Lint Steel Builders was also added to the group. That gave the RijnDijk Staalgroep its first foreign branch: a production location in Slovakia.
A complete range of specialisations
RijnDijk Construction (former RijnDijk Steel Contracting) was set up to separate the project organisation from the production companies. And to expand the services offered by the RijnDijk Staalgroep even further, Escher Process Equipment (Heijningen) and BAM Steel Structures (Schiedam) was also taken over. The name BAM Steel Structures was changed into its original name, HSM. The RijnDijk Staalgroep also underwent a name change, with the word 'Staal' disappearing from the name. The 'RijnDijk Groep' more accurately reflected the fact that the group increasingly acted as main contractor and assumed full responsibility for projects.
A new name: RijnDijk Groep transformed into Andus Group
After the acquisitions of FIB Industries and a subsidiary in Nigeria the group eventually developed to become one of the most broadly oriented technical subcontractor to the industry, with the various subsidiaries in each segment operating at the top of their markets. In 2008, a further development. RijnDijk Groep acquired Gouda Refractories and became an even more comprehensive partner for the industry. The Gouda companies had indeed nothing to do with steel. It was the perfect opportunity to do justice to a new name and a new motto. On February 1, 2009, the group was transformed into Andus Group with the motto: Serving the industry.
The group continues to grow
In May 2012 Andus Group acquired Van Voorden in Zaltbommel, a foundry with a rich history that manufactures products such as pump casings and impellers mainly for the dredging industry and propellers and nozzles for the shipping industry. With the celebration of its centenary in September 2012, Van Voorden Castings was granted the title 'Royal' and its name was changed to Royal Van Voorden Castings. Andus Group acquired HVL Armada Outdoor of Eindhoven in December 2012. This company specialises in neon signs/corporate identity features and travel-related facilities like bus shelters, information pillars, signposting and cycle park facilities. These two acquisitions in 2012 realised an ongoing spreading and deepening of the activities of Andus Group.