The year 2020 was an unusual and memorable year for Van Leeuwen. After the acquisition of Benteler Distribution at the end of 2019, an important task was to successfully combine forces to create one large company. In almost a century, we have grown into a large international trading company that globally consists of 78 branches in 33 countries. We serve a large variety of customers with our leading expertise in steel pipes and pipe and tube applications, treatments and services.
We put our customers first in order to be their number one supplier and partner. We rely on a global expert team of specialists who know what our customers in various markets need. A key aspect is that we are one Van Leeuwen for our customers. Whether a customer needs us in the Netherlands, Australia or in several countries, or is looking for a specialist in automotive, hydraulics or in multiple segments: our customers can count on a global team that operates as one to optimally serve them locally, as well as internationally.
Operating as one Van Leeuwen has been a challenge in 2020, a year in which the pandemic demanded creative solutions both in terms of providing our services, as well as our mutual connectedness and cooperation. With unrelenting dedication and boundless energy our people continued to serve our customers under difficult circumstances, and as a company we are proud of this.
We are therefore happy to let various colleagues take the floor in this Annual Book. They speak about the six market segments in which they immerse themselves every day to be able to deliver market and customer-oriented services.
I hope you enjoy reading our 2020 Annual Book.
Chairman of the Management Board