Introducing Bob Bakker

Bob Bakker in our warehouse in Goch

HEC-Holland team is growing steadily and last month we were happy to welcome another new member to join us. Below you can find the greetings and introduction of Bob Bakker, our new commercial supply chain specialist.

HEC-Holland new team member – Who am I?

Hi everyone, I am Bob Bakker, 24 years old and currently living in Tilburg. Last January I graduated as a master of Supply Chain Management at Tilburg University, which ended my time as a student. Before the master program, I studied Business Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen. Nijmegen is the city where I always lived, before I moved to Tilburg one and half years ago. Since I found the job at HEC-Holland, it is now time for me to move back to Nijmegen, where I just found a new home for myself.

I am an enthusiastic, driven and ambitious person who enjoys achieving goals with a team. I think this fits well within the HEC-Holland company where we work hard together to reach the best outcomes. Outside the 40 working hours a week, I spent most of the time on just hanging out with friends, drinking some beers and going to the gym.

My role within the HEC-team

My role within HEC-Holland is a ‘’commercial supply chain specialist’’. I take care of the processes from purchase order until order delivery, together with Cindy and Karin. My focus will be on the coordination of the warehouse processes in our warehouse in Goch, Germany. I have some experience in how to manage fast-moving logistics processes, which will definitely be an advantage for me in this job. I just started a few weeks ago but I already feel like a valued part of the organization. My colleagues are very friendly and supportive and I immediately got a lot of responsibilities.

Thoughts for the future

The cable industry was not really familiar to me before I started in this position. However, now as I have dived more into it during the recent weeks, I have started to understand everything better and my interest in the cable industry has increased in general. I am looking forward to get to know HEC-Holland and our place in the cable industry even more, and to further optimize our logistics processes.

Looking forward to the new challenges and to get in touch with our customers and suppliers!

If any questions arise, please get in contact with our team!

You can also find more information about Bob on his LinkedIn page

Fresh greetings from our diligent Production Leader Kurt!

Kurt standing in front of the HEC car

Our expansion on storage capacity and production in Goch, Germany naturally created a wish for extra HEC-power. Since September 2020, Kurt Aarts is the head of warehousing, distribution and converting facilities at HEC-Holland. This young man at his 48’s is now part of our dedicated team after receiving a call and agreed upon the cheerful cooperation.

Introducing Kurt

Kurt is the right person when most needed not only for HEC, but also for children and young adults who cannot live at home for several reasons. Outside of the workplace he takes care of these kids together with his family and enables a better daily life for those in need.

There is no missing attitude towards work in Kurt as he also rebuilds and remodels the house of his family in spare time. All this indicates good organizational skills which is one of the reasons why Kurt is there to maintain effective distribution and production for our customers. Kurt emphasizes that, for instance, to secure in-time deliveries it is important that the production demand is regularly predicted and that planning stays flexible. The small and dynamic team of HEC-Holland manages this by ensuring short lines of communication within our departments.

The question of the day

As a game changer in the international wire and cable market, HEC-Holland has eased the daily basis in Goch with a new 100% electric company car and an electrical fork-lift. We were curious to ask Kurt which one of them he is more happy to drive with.

He gives a diplomatic answer: “I’m very happy to drive an electric car for a company like HEC. The fork-lift, however, is also an indispensable asset. It allows us to stack goods quickly, easily, and flexibly transported from place A to place B. So…. Both.”

Don’t hesitate to contact us in case of questions! You can also stay updated by following our company’s LinkedIn page

The Final Countdown for local Aluminium Converting

The Final Countdown for local Aluminium Converting

HEC-Holland is looking forward that within Q2-2021 it will be the time to celebrate together the start of our local production of aluminum tape at our newly build production facility in Goch, Germany.

At the time last year that the production line and equipment arrived at our newly build hall with fresh concrete fundament we came into our first so called “Corona Lock-down”. This stopped at once all the works for preparing and installing our new state of the art aluminum slitting line.

Several months passed by and as of Q3-2020, our team of Dutch and German engineers started to take over a part of the commission from our counterpart. The last part needs to be performed under the supervision of our partner from which we bought the machine. However, due to the latest lock down which started mid-December we have to wait till the final installation works can be completed.

With the investment into this new state-of-the-art slitting machine, we are able to handle and preciously convert the requested sizes on aluminum tapes up to 4.100 meter per pad, within average 2-3 weeks lead-time from order intake. More information is to follow on the exact date when our production goes fully live.

We are proud to say that this will have an impact on the European cable industry which can benefit from Asian price settings and the European expertise, flexibility, and short lead times of high-end quality products.

More information?

If any questions arise, please get in contact with your account managers who will be more than happy to give you more details on our services and possibilities.

New Year, a New Milestone on Storage Capacity & Production in Goch, Germany

New Year, a New Milestone on Storage Capacity & Production in Goch, Germany
 

After a rollercoaster year our wish is that this year will be the one full of optimism, hope and prosperity for a bright future and supportive atmosphere for all of us.

At HEC-Holland we are starting this year with excitement for new things to come up and plans with our customers and suppliers. Our ambition is to continuously improve ourselves in all aspects in light to give the best support to our partners.

We are proud to share with you an update regarding one of our strategic situated distribution centres at Goch, Germany. With the newly build expansion on warehouse space and production capacity we believe to have entered into a new phase within the HEC-Holland journey.

With this expansion we have now doubled our capacity to approximately 5.000 metric ton on storage space. Supervised by our latest ERP software technology, we are able to continuously keep on track on our production and supply chain system, enabling you faster and effective services. This leads to higher speed and more flexibility in delivery of your well appreciated orders.

At Goch’s production site we also have advanced machines and equipment to tailormade preciously cutting, shaping, packing, labelling and delivery according to your specifications and wishes. At our non-woven department, we are able to deliver 1,30-meter outer diameter pads, which creates flexibility at your production by having less production stops. See the next article about our aluminium converting to take a closer look on how the process on one of the machines is developing.

We are eager to see how we are able to create more value for our customers. The journey of HEC-Holland just started and will not stop here but moves on.

In addition to our German distribution and production location, we have own dedicated warehouse capacity in Helsinki, Finland and Jonkoping region in Sweden.

Stay tuned for more news about this and other topics in the future!

Continuous Turmoil in Asia: feedstock price settings and significant increase on sea freight rates

Continuous Turmoil in Asia: feedstock price settings and significant increase on sea freight rates

 

Dear valued customer,

With this message we would like to inform you that we are not only facing unusual times due to Covid-19, but also see that it will start to influence our business. We see that in some feedstock indicators, such as non-ferrous metals, but also on the polymer side, there is a strong increase due to market demand versus availability. One of the key factors is that there is a strong rebound effect of the business in Asia exceeding 2019 figures by average 6-7%.

The last couple of months we see very strong developments on (sea) freight notations due to a shortage on ship space and imbalance on equipment (containers). This has resulted to the strong increase at record breaking heights which has not been seen for least more than a decade.

In December, we were expecting the sea freight rates to ease by the end January when Asia would prepare for the seasoning celebration around Chinese New Year. However, we are continuously observing the sea freight market conditions and still there is an imbalance on equipment, failing synchronizing container demand versus availability. Supply chain system problems with ocean and/or feeder vessels are to be well connected, which results in delays in delivery programs.

Naturally, what you may expect from HEC-Holland is that we do our very best to make sure that the market demands cover your production requirements. Nevertheless, at this stage we cannot predict how this story will develop further. It will certainly be a dynamic half year at which we have to stay in contact with you on how we could assist you at our very best, at all aspects. At this moment we are unfortunately forced, due to the unusual unstable market conditions, to call for a “Freight Adjustment Surcharge” depending on the type of product. However, our aim is always to minimize the so-called damage.

For more information, we would request to directly contact your own account manager on how we are able to secure our joint business and what influence this might have on the commercial conditions. Of course, we try to minimize the extra cost, however, we must be realistic under the present circumstances which count for all parties.

HEC-Holland converting solutions

Tape

The HEC-Holland converting solutions

At our dedicated converting facilities, we produce and customize our customers’ tapes and yarns according to their specific needs. Our converting specialists have profound experience and knowledge of the cable industry. We fully understand your production requirements and your demands regarding process optimization..

Whether it concerns winding standard or specialty bobbins, mother rolls, pads or spools, HEC Holland offers converting services into any required size, with the very best all-round converting solutions of the cable industry.

At our facilities, fully automated machines take care of your order, using multiple, specific cutting and winding techniques. Supervised by our converting specialists, HEC-Holland offers flexibility and customer satisfaction, no matter how specific your request is.
In short, we take care of your order with fast, made-to-order converting services, such as:

  • Cutting, winding, twining
  • Labelling
  • Packaging
  • Shipping directly from our Dutch warehouse and delivery to you on the date you want.

We even offer completely integrated processing and packaging solutions, helping you to optimize your production process without unnecessary and costly interruptions. Our customers are served with the best converted materials in the industry, ready for your production.
 
 We make sure you will become one of our many happy customers!

Tape

HEC-Holland – measurements COVID-19 – CUSTOMER MESSAGE

This summer, HEC Holland is expanding its sales power in Shanghai with the opening of new sales office.

Customers in China can now call our new local office:

HEC-Holland – China 

Shanghai Kerry Centre
29th floor – 1515 Nan Jing West Road
Jing An
Shanghai 200040 China
info@hec-holland.com

Phone   : 00 86 21 6103 7100
Fax        : 00 86 21 6103 7171

Shanghai office HEC Holland
HEC-Holland Shanghai

Introducing Karin Dekker

Karin Dekker Hec Holland Sales Assistant 2

Let’s introduce myself

My name is Karin Dekker and I live with my family in a small town nearby Arnhem. After a career of more than 20 years at a large Dutch financial institute, I decided to take a career break and  I stayed a while at home taking care of my two sons. They are now both teenagers, which gave me the opportunity to start looking for a new business adventure, which I luckily found at HEC-Holland. My role within the HEC-Holland team is  “Sales Assistant”, were I take care of all operational follow up of commercialized businesses. Despite of this weird time with the Corona virus, I am confident that my roll will soon be more all-round.

HEC-Holland – status update – supply chain management – COVID-19 – CUSTOMER MESSAGE

Delivery Times & In Stock

Dear partner,

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on public health and the economy is being felt in an increasing number of countries. Protecting the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers is and remains a top priority for HEC-Holland.

 

For situations like this, we use protocols and preventive measures in accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the health authorities in the Netherlands. Our aim is to continue to serve our customers and partners as well as possible and to ensure that activities for your organization can be optimally continued.

We are currently active in rotating shifts, both from home and office, in order to minimize risks. This setup enables us to continue to provide you with the best supply chain solutions for the delivery of all your goods.

Air freight

Developments in air freight are currently following each other rapidly and are therefore continuously subject to change. Many airlines have decided to limit and/or discontinue passenger flight schedules indefinitely. Discontinuation of these timetables has major consequences for capacity and pricing. Full cargo flights are still permitted.

We see that passenger flights with only cargo on board are becoming the new reality, which helps to compensate for lost capacity. The (Dutch) authorities have also decided to grant approval for the large number of canceled passenger flights (at Amsterdam Airport) to be given to freight companies virtually and without restrictions. This measure will certainly apply until June 6th of this year. This scheme should ensure that sufficient ad hoc capacity for cargo flights at the airport remains available.

Ocean Freight

While operations at terminals in China are gradually returning back to normal, terminals are still experiencing congestion as a result of past arrears. As demand for goods from China and other Asian countries is lagging, shipping companies are expected to keep dropping sailings until the end of March.

This also has consequences for shipping to and within (short sea) Europe. The canceled sailings from Asia have caused an imbalance in equipment, with a high demand for exports from Europe and a scarcity of imports (containers) from the Far East.

We will of course continue to monitor with our partners the situation closely and inform you immediately of any new developments.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely,

Eugène Lurkin

Managing Director

 

HEC-Holland – measurements COVID-19 – CUSTOMER MESSAGE

Dear valued partner,

Let me have your attention to the following information bulletin.

Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 situation HEC-HOLLAND has decided to take precaution measurements to safeguard/guarantee our services.

As per the yesterday’s official Governmental instruction we have changed as per immediate effect several policies and procedures.

The most important measurement is that we have decided to split our full team in separate teams who every other day work from home or office, or alternatively due to strategical importance completely from home.

During our work we are operating from separate rooms and no joint lunch and/or activities are being executed, the same will count for private affaires. Furthermore, will our offices being cleaned several times a day to minimize any infection risk.

Within this period there will be no changes in the team formation to guarantee the health conditions and possible cross contamination.

In case of any health issue the team member stays home and will visit the doctor / health authorities in order to be declared free of disease before getting into his/her team.

All travel schedules have been cancelled till further notice, and no external persons are allowed to visit our premises.

This measurements have for us as team some consequences however we need to make sure that we can guarantee our business activities.

The current restrictions are valid up until 3rd of April included and can be changed in case of need or as per our Governmental Instruction (RIVM).

If you have any questions pertaining the above information than please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Kind regards,

Eugène Lurkin
Managing Director