Kasteel Wolfrath was bought by Eindhoven family firm, VDL Groep in 2015. VDL Groep is an international industrial family business with 105 companies across 19 countries and around 15,000 employees. The VDL companies fall into four divisions: Supplies, Car Assembly, Buses and Finished Products.
Strength through cooperation
Strength through cooperation. This is the foundation of VDL Groep. Pieter van der Leegte founded the company in 1953. VDL Groep started out as a metalwork specialist. Later on, the portfolio would expand to include plastics processing and the production and sale of buses. The business would also come to specialise in high-tech supplies for the semiconductor industry, among others.
VDL Groep has now expanded into subcontracting and semi-finished goods, makes its own end products, such as suspension systems, automated production lines for the automotive industry, heat exchangers and container handling systems, and it also owns the only passenger car factory in the Netherlands that handles third-party car assembly.
VDL Groep innovates through a combination of craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and the use of high-quality machines. The group combines the power of a multinational with the flat organisation and open, informal working atmosphere of a family business in which advancement opportunities and long-term ambitions are given priority.
After 50 years at the helm, in 2016, Wim van der Leegte passed the running of the family firm on to the management team, which includes his three children, Peter, Jennifer and Willem. Willem van der Leegte succeeded his father as Chief Executive of VDL Groep. Combined annual turnover in 2019 equalled 5.780 billion euros.