Tessa Schulte

Project Manager Supply Chain
Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group

‘The markets in which we operate are becoming increasingly more challenging and customers increasingly more demanding. But these are no reasons for us to be concerned. On the contrary. Challenging times create more opportunities. We can seize these opportunities using our strengths: the ability as a reliable partner for our customers to meet the demand for the most advanced products. Van Leeuwen is able to differentiate itself in this respect, but of course this does not just happen by itself. It means that we must continuously develop our business processes and optimize them where necessary. We work hard on this behind the scenes.

In 2020, as a result of the acquisition, we worked on various aspects, such as improving and standardizing our internal reporting, and harmonizing our KPIs. These activities have made our processes more transparent. This way we are even better able to see where we need to make adjustments and where there is potential for cost savings.

Of course, COVID-19 had a tremendous impact on day-to-day business operations. The breakout of the virus and its consequences put high demands on the flexibility and online communication skills of our employees. This has increased mutual openness. And of course that has a positive effect when you work together on the continuous professionalization of business processes.

Furthermore, the integration of the two companies naturally has tremendously increased our capacity. Together, we have even more products, treatment machinery, knowledge and expertise in-house with which to serve all of our customer groups as effectively as possible. This enables us to supply tremendous added value. This is why I have full confidence in our ability to effectively respond to the market’s challenges.’

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