75 years of Dinnissen
THE HISTORY OF DINNISSEN
75 years back in time
In 1948, the two gentlemen Houben and Dinnissen - originally a blacksmith in Sevenum and a technician at a mill manufacturer - started a company in mill manufacturing. It didn't take them long to come up with a name; it had to be Houben & Dinnissen, located on the Maasbreeseweg in Sevenum. That company, founded in 1948 by two people, has grown over the past 75 years into a world player in the process technology of powders, grains and granules, with approximately 250 employees.
How it started
Hammer mill systems were the foundation with which Houben and Dinnissen conquered the milling world. This was followed by mixers, transport, and silo manufacturing. A few years after its founding, the company moved to the location where we are still located today: the Horsterweg in Sevenum, on the Berghem industrial estate. At the same time, Dinnissen focused on machinery for processing animal feed. Houben and Dinnissen both decided to follow their own paths and the company continued under the name Machinefabriek Dinnissen, commonly known as Dinnissen.
The original Houben & Dinnissen factory on Maasbreeseweg.
Mr. Maes and Mr. Dinnissen receive medals from Mayor Persoon.
More than decent and reliable
In the 1970s, Mr. Dinnissen handed over ownership to his son-in-law Mathieu Maes and his son Lambert Dinnissen. Where Houben and Dinnissen had built a reputation as decent and reliable machine builders, Maes and Dinnissen further strengthened and expanded this reputation. As Maes pointed out with Dinnissen's fortieth anniversary, "Machinefabriek Dinnissen has extended its reputation of solidity and reliability, with flexibility, inventiveness and, above all, good service."
Changing the guard and broadening the market
In 1996 Lambert Dinnissen retired and from 1996 to 2002 Mathieu Maes led Dinnissen on his own. Then, the company was handed over to two employees. Henk Kuijpers and Henri Michiels had been working in the company for years and did a management buyout to become joint owners of the organization. At that time, Dinnissen was already expanding from the compound feed industry to all industries involved in processing solids.
The workspace where all the machinery was manufactured. Quite a contrast to how it looks these days.
The workspaces of the engineers, who thought out and worked out everything using a pencil and paper.
Once a family business, always a family business
Even though Dinnissen was no longer owned by the Dinnissen family, it still maintained the culture of a family business. With committed employees who stayed and continue to work for Dinnissen for many years. In 2005 Frans Bakker joined the organization and in 2008 Wouter Kuijpers joined the Dinnissen family. Major steps were made in the field of 3D drawing and further digitalization.
In 2015, Henri Michiels resigned as owner, and Henk Kuijpers, Frans Bakker, and Wouter Kuijpers took on the management as a trinity. A responsibility they continue to perform to this day. Dinnissen keeps challenging itself to develop. That development takes place regarding the machines, processes, and integration. Within the company, on the contrary, there are very many constant factors: employees who have been in service for more than twenty, thirty, or even forty years. A great achievement, of which we are super proud.
From left to right: Henk Kuijpers, Wouter Kuijpers en Frans Bakker
Where we are today
Dinnissen is in a position today, which is very important for the company: trusted by the best. The best food producers in the world trust Dinnissen's machines, knowledge, and expertise.
Trusted by the best
We are proud that the best customers, employees, and partners around the world know they can count on Dinnissen.
Customers, employees, and partners know they can trust Dinnissen.
Trusted by the best
References: Dinnissen is trusted by the best companies in the world.
Customers want the best solutions and to work with the best company.
Operational director Wouter Kuijpers explains, "Dinnissen gives people the opportunity to work, each at their own level, as part of projects being built all over the world. We have grown considerably in recent years. By this, I am not necessarily referring to the size of Dinnissen, but particularly to our growth in terms of aspects such as automation, optimization of engineering processes, and the link to production. We build streamlined machines and are streamlined ourselves."
Marcel Bouwmans, who is responsible for the financial part of the Dinnissen Group, is also pleased with the current position of Dinnissen: "Dinnissen is one of the finest companies in the region. You can feel the connection with the people who work here and with the company. This is reflected in long-term employment relationships. Several 40-year anniversaries, for example, have already been celebrated. In the past 18 years that I have been working at Dinnissen, we have made progress in several directions. Our workforce has almost doubled in that period. Currently, outside the Netherlands, Dinnissen is also established in Germany and Indonesia and we are establishing an entity in New Zealand."
Look to the future
All choices made at Dinnissen are focused on building the company for the long term. We invest in things we think are important. To us, sustainability also means that we want to make a difference for our environment. For example, the new facility was built energy-neutral, with a welding fume extraction system that acts directly as a heat recovery system. We are developing ways to work smarter every day.
In the short term, the focus is on the construction of the new D-innocenter. We are investing in the further expansion and growth of Dinnissen. There is still plenty to do, in fact, there is still a lot to do. In this rapidly changing world, Dinnissen has been a constant factor for 75 years, which is constantly developing itself. We will continue to do exactly the same in the future.
What customers say about us
World player in process technology
To realize production processes of the best quality, we work closely with Dinnissen: One of the strongest players in the world in process technology and hygienic design.
Gerben Koopmans- Project Engineering Manager - Nestlé
Fully automated sampling
We considered several machine developers, but the high quality of the Dinnissen machines and the competence and commitment of the employees were decisive for us.
Arjan van Dijk- Project Manager - Ausnutria
No challenge is too big
At Dinnissen, they think in terms of challenges, not problems. They don't give up and keep going until there is a solution that satisfies all parties.
Martin Sonneveld- Production Director - United Petfood Waalwijk
Service on weekends
One day there was an important issue and one of Dinnissen's engineers immediately took action during the weekend. I have never seen other foreign partners do this.
Mr. Kimio Aono- Founder - APTe Japan
The importance of hygiene and safety requirements
Dinnissen fully understood the importance of hygiene and safety requirements in our industry. They went the extra mile by providing us with all the necessary documentation, all ATEX drawings, and full traceability.
Anton Vleeshouwers- Project Director - DSM
High-quality vacuum coaters
We chose to work with Dinnissen because they supply high-quality vacuum coaters that fit exactly within our production lines.
Arnold Balledux- Global Technical Head Animal Feeds & Vice-president Animal Feed & Protein - Olam Agri
Tailor-made solution for every problem
What charmed us most about Dinnissen was that they responded perfectly to our questions each time: they jumped right in and quickly came up with a tailor-made solution to each problem.
Jos Falvay- Project manager - Perstorp
Mixing time of 60 seconds per batch
Previously, we had standard times in the mixing process of 14 - 15 minutes. With the Pegasus® mixer we achieve a mixing time of 60 seconds per batch.
Lothar Pixa- Director - Planta
Mixers have been running 30 years
Dinnissen machines may not be the cheapest in terms of purchase price, but in terms of value for money, there are none better. Our Dinnissen mixer has been running extremely reliably for 30 years.
Adwin van der Vorst- Directeur - VDV Group
Drastically improved feed-quality
90% of our customers with laying hens have already switched to the new feed produced using the Pegasus® mixer and the Thermidor® system.
Kurt Egli- Former manager - Egli Mühlen
Filled three complete factories
Dinnissen has filled an entire factory for us with a complete production line, on three different occasions. They just get it right: from mixers and sifters to sampling and automation.
Erik Schut- Managing Director - Jonker & Schut
Quadrupled production capacity
In collaboration with Dinnissen, we have quadrupled our production capacity from 3 to 12 tons per hour.
Harald Schmalwieser- Managing Director - Solan
Technicians, not salespeople
Dinnissen's representatives strive for the best solutions. They are engineers first and salespeople second.
Frans van Zutven- Founder and Director - Van Zutven
Six-fold increase of total production
Production has gone from 3-5 tons per day to 30 tons per day. That's a six-fold increase in total production.
Michiel de Boer- CEO - Nöll & Co.
Dinnissen thought along with us from start to finish. For example, they used existing drawings for these new mixers to save us costs in the engineering phase.
Pieter Gorter- Project Manager - ForFarmers