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1939 – 1953: 3rd generation

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.

Nooteboom Tipper
Anton Nooteboom

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.

Back to history 1953 – 1979: 3rd generation

  • 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.