The building ensemble in Valkenburg with its red brick walls, large dark green gates and well-maintained landscaping does not only look like a country manor: Trakehner horses were bred here and at first glance nothing reveals the specialist for stainless steel products. This complete opposite of the expected industrial ambience is the home of Hellebeuk B.V., the youngest member of the BUHLMANN GROUP.

The Dutch company Hellebeuk B.V. with its headquarters in Valkenburg aan de Geul near Maastricht and a sales office in Tiel 170 kilometers away has been part of the BUHLMANN GROUP since January 2020. The family business was founded in 1963 and operates as a trading company for round, square and rectangular pipes, weld-in, threaded and press fittings, flanges, valves, elbows and other accessories. With a stock assortment of around 550 tons of stainless material, the company serves customers not only in the Netherlands but throughout Europe. It supplies the chemical and food industries, the installation sector, technical wholesalers, the water treatment industry and heavy industry.

Incidentally, the new colleagues in Valkenburg work at a very popular excursion destination; the small town of 16,500 inhabitants in the south of the Dutch province of Limburg is a real tourist magnet. The castle ruins from the 11th century that gave the town its name are of the only hilltop castle in the Netherlands. The Valkenburg looms above the river Geul, and under the castle there are large grottos in which the Romans mined the sedimentary marl rock 2000 years ago. The calcareous rock is also the reason for something that is not usually associated with the Netherlands: The area has been cultivating wine for a long time.

But back to the here and now: Hellebeuk fits perfectly into the group of companies since premium goods and service are prioritized in the same way as in the rest of the BUHLMANN GROUP. "The high delivery availability and fast reaction times as well as the high quality and service standards are a perfect match for our service portfolio", says BUHLMANN Managing Director and Chief Technical Officer Dr. Christian Baum, who also acts as the new Managing Director of Hellebeuk B.V. "Due to the similar product range, we are on the one hand in a familiar area, so that we can contribute our strengths, and on the other hand we – and thus our customers – can benefit from complementary product expertise and new purchasing strategies", adds Baum.

The fact that the total of 15 new colleagues in Valkenburg and Tiel bring a great deal of know-how with them is demonstrated by the successful placement of the company on the market. Special attention is being paid to threaded fittings, ball valves, flanges and butt weld fittings. Technisch Handelsbureau Hellebeuk B.V., which can be found on the Internet at www.hellebeuk.nl, scores points not only with its extensive stock range and fast delivery, but also with an automated warehouse for small parts, similar to those at the BUHLMANN locations in Oud-Beijerland and Burghausen.

"We are looking forward to the cooperation and to welcoming the new employees", says BUHLMANN Managing Director Christian Baum. The takeover of the Dutch company means our business and customer areas are expanded and our BUHLMANN storage capacities are extended. Thus, the BUHLMANN GROUP is consistently continuing its strategy of inorganic growth as well.