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Manufacturing100 | list of 100 most succesful manufacturing companies in the Netherlands


Amsterdam, 3 December 2020 – Verder Group from Vleuten is the best performing manufacturing company in the Netherlands. This is evident from the Maak100, the list of the 100 best performing manufacturing companies in the Netherlands, which is published annually by MT/Sprout in collaboration with CFI Netherlands and presented today.

The family concern from Vleuten, led by CEO Andries Verder, produces high-tech laboratory equipment and a very extensive range of pumps and mixers for industrial applications. Verder International is not well known to the general public. Yet the completely independent family business has been playing in the Champions League of its own sector for years and serves customers all over the world. In 2019, sales amounted to more than EUR 333 million with sales and profit growth of 12 and 13 percent respectively over the last four years.

Verder Group extends its top position in the Maak100 and is closely followed by Stertil Group (2), Trespa (3), Christiaens Groep (4) and Terberg Benschop (5). The fastest climbers in the Maak100-list are Syndus, Thomas Regout, Dieseko Group, Itho Daalderop and Trioliet. Syndus from Terneuzen rose by no less than 37 places to position 38. The highest entrants are ZND (re-enters position 17, after having been absent for a year), Motip Dupli, Morssinkhof Rymoplast, Mokveld Valves and Modiform.

Corona effect

The Maak100 assesses companies up to a turnover of EUR 500 million based on turnover, EBIT level and ROIC growth. The companies in the list together account for a turnover of EUR 13.7 billion in 2019, a growth of nearly EUR 600 million compared to a year earlier.

The 2020 edition is based on filed figures from 2019. “There is therefore no corona effect”, says compiler Kevin Driesen of CFI Netherlands. “We estimate this effect is minus 7 percent up to September, but that is an industry-wide average. For example, in the machine industry this effect can be as high as 20 percent, while the metal industry shows a plus of 7 percent.”

Driesen is optimistic about the manufacturing industry. “The growth that these companies are showing year on year is impressive. But the innovative nature of the sector also continues to amaze me every time. Predictable revenue (recurring revenue) is important and you can see that the sector is responding to this. So not only product innovation, but also the underlying revenue models are constantly being refined by the entrepreneurs in the manufacturing industry”.

About the Maak100

Every year, MT/Sprout, in collaboration with CFI Netherlands, selects the one hundred best performing manufacturing companies in the Netherlands up to a turnover of EUR 500 million. For the creation, CFI Netherlands selected the 300 largest SME manufacturing companies, which are then ranked according to four criteria:

  1. Turnover 2019
  2. Revenue growth 2015-2019
  3. Average EBIT 2015-2019 (in %)
  4. Average ROIC 2015-2019 (in %)

ROIC stands (?) for Return On Invested Capital, where the EBIT is compared to the capital employed in the company. Four rankings were made on the basis of the four criteria. The companies subsequently received points for their place in the ranking. These points have been added together to one total score.

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