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From smithy to ‘Trendsetter in Trailers’

Marinka Nooteboom is General Manager of the Koninklijke Nooteboom Group. The first woman to take the helm of the family company that was founded in 1881 by her great-great-grandfather, the blacksmith Willem Nooteboom. The Nooteboom family business went through a huge evolution from 1881 to the 21st century. From smithy to carriage builder, from producer of tippers and cranes, to low-loaders with swivel axles and solutions for abnormal transport.

The history of five generations of the Nooteboom family.

  • Nooteboom horseshoes fitting

    1881-1921: 1ST GENERATION

    In 1881 26-year-old Willem Nooteboom, son of a blacksmith in Schiebroek, opens his own smithy in the village of Kethel, a stone’s throw from Rotterdam.

  • Henk Jan Nooteboom

    1921-1939: 2ND GENERATION

    When he joins the company in 1921 Henk Jan Nooteboom anticipates growth in vehicles. After taking over the templates of a carriage builder...

  • Nooteboom Tipper

    1939 – 1953: 3RD GENERATION

    In 1939 Anton Nooteboom joins the company that in the next few years will successfully become the producer of modern transport vehicles.

  • Nooteboom Utrecht

    1953 – 1979: 3RD GENERATION

    After the flood disaster in Zeeland in 1953 reconstruction begins and there is great demand for low-loaders and draglines. In 1953 Nooteboom builds the first low-loader with detachable axles.

  • Nooteboom ODU low-loader

    1967-1979: 4TH GENERATION

    Anton Nooteboom is involved in the family company until 1979, but in 1967 he gets reinforcements. Dick Nooteboom, after a work placement abroad, is the first son to join the company. In 1970 his brothers Henk and Ton Nooteboom follow.

  • Opening Nooteboom Wijchen with Neelie Smit Kroes

    1979-2012: 4TH GENERATION

    The takeover of C.M.K. in Wijchen leads to the founding of Nooteboom Trailers B.V. in Wijchen. Exports increase substantially and an international parts distribution system is established.

  • Marinka Nooteboom

    2012 – until today: Marinka Nooteboom 5th generation

    In 2012 Marinka Nooteboom, daughter of Henk Nooteboom, is appointed General Manager of the Koninklijke Nooteboom Group, a company with a workforce of 350.