Snijtech over the years
Since the foundation in Sneek of the company in 1995 until 2000, Snijtech grew in an exploding yacht building and industrial market. After 2000 Snijtech had to become more visible to the outside world, partly due to the increasing competition.
In 2002, our new premises in Joure on Business Park De Ekers was finalised, but the excitement was short lived when several months after the inauguration a large fire almost completely destroyed the building. Snijtech recovered and 2004 and 2005 marked the end of a period of reconstruction and a few less profitable years. We extended our solid and recognised position in the market by increasing cooperation with suppliers, engineers and customers.
Following the reconstruction, we deliberately opted for a separate market approach for yacht and shipbuilders on one side and industrial customers on the other. This enabled a wide range of customers to recognize and accept the organization. We also extended our service range with a sheet metal section.
The company grew steadily in the years 2004 – 2006 and Snijtech developed into a 16 hour – 2 shift operation. From 2006, the company focused on export and develops business in Germany, Britain, Egypt and Norway, as well as other countries. Export sales are currently 35% of annual turnover.
In 2008 Snijtech started the profile department operation and invested in new plant, machinery and equipment. After years of extreme growth and many changes in the infrastructure, the company finally found its balance.
The spring of 2009 saw the introduction of the new laser cutting operation and profiling department in the state of the art 5,000 sqm production facility at De Brekken 11, on Business Park De Ekers. The global economic recession also affected the company, nevertheless on 1 April 2010, Snijtech celebrated its 15th anniversary with over 80 employees.
We have invested in new techniques and equipment (including a new press brake and waterjet cutting machine), as well as the acquisition of Novek Cutting in 2014. Combined with the well-stocked order book, this gives the Executive Board of Snijtech a positive outlook for the future.
Almost 25 years after its startup in Sneek, with more than 100 employees and an annual turnover of approximately EUR 19 million, Snijtech has become a prominent supplier to Dutch and international builders of commercial vessels, pleasure boats and industrial products.