In 1939 Anton Nooteboom (photo) joins the company that in the next few years will successfully become the producer of modern transport vehicles. During the 1940-45 war Nooteboom develops a formula that means a breakthrough for the company. The production of modern agricultural wagons with air tyres and axles on ball bearings is extremely successful.
1939 – 1953: 3rd generation
In 1945 Nooteboom has 10 employees and sells 80 wagons every year.
In 1949 the production of tippers and semi-trailers follows and in the same year Anton Nooteboom designs the tail lift.
The company specialises in tippers, cranes, tail lifts, trailers and semi-trailers.
The hydraulic tipper is the star of the show. This is borne out by the slogan “We are unrivalled Tipper-specialists”. Due to more innovations and inventions the business in Kethel is bursting at the seams.
In 1953 Nooteboom invests in new company grounds and a huge shed in Utrecht. The premises in Utrecht become the supply company for the production of hydraulic tippers.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.