The birth of Smart-M
The birth of Smart-M
Pneumatic edge knockers, hoovers, compressors. Just a small sample of the products Smart-M used to make. In fact, Smart-M did not always produce ferrous and non-ferrous semi-finished products.
1966, more than three years before America landed on the moon, is the year Machinefabriek Ad Frederiks was founded. In a factory building of 88 square metres, four employees work on Frederiks products.
The machine factory stands out because it has developed a machine that cuts cheese in two versions. Namely, the hydraulically operated machine cuts the cheese into weight pure wedges or blocks. Previously, this was still done by hand.
The premises in Kaatsheuvel on Hoofdstraat, proved too small after two years and Machinefabriek Ad Frederiks moved to the beautiful industrial estate "de Kets" in Kaatsheuvel. Frederiks now has a self-built premises that is at least four times bigger than before.
Turning, building and construction work. Frederiks is acquired and continues under the name Machinefabriek Molendijk. Molendijk starts focusing on ferrous and non-ferrous semi-finished products. Its motto is: ordered today, delivered tomorrow!
After more than 15 years, Machinefabriek Molendijk is taken over in 1999. Under the new owners, Molendijk experienced unprecedented growth: the number of employees expanded and the work pieces produced became increasingly complex. The company has now grown so large that it is already looking forward to moving to new premises on Noorsestraat in Kaatsheuvel in 2004.
Twice as big. That's Molendijk's new premises, but not only are the premises twice as big, the plans are bigger too. Molendijk is the first company in the Netherlands with a Chiron Mill 2000 machining centre. This advanced CNC machine is capable of machining five faces of a workpiece in one fixture, unique for its time. At this time, the company focuses only on producing ferrous and non-ferrous semi-finished products.
From 1 January 2021, Machinefabriek Molendijk BV will continue under the name 'Smart-M BV'.
Why? Because Smart Manufacturing comes naturally to us. Following market developments and continuously innovative technologies has been in our DNA for many years. With a view to the future and our relations outside the Netherlands, we have chosen an international name in which we deal "smartly" with the possibilities our company has to offer. Smart-M, a name in which the M stands for Manufacturing and Machining (Technology Industry), but also for Milling (and turning), Measuring, Meeting people and "Made in Holland".
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