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Prince of Orange visits VDL Groep

06 February 2012


His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange visited the VDL Groep in Eindhoven on Wednesday 6 February. The VDL Groep received the King Willem I Prize, presented by the Prince, on 8 May 2012.

The Prince’s visit began at the headquarters building. There he was told about the history of the VDL Groep and the current position of the company, which employs 9,000 people in 18 countries. The Prince then visited two of the 82 VDL companies. The first was VD Leegte Metaal in Hapert, which serves as a subcontractor in the metal industry. This company was founded in 1953 by the father of current owner/director Wim van der Leegte, laying the foundation for the VDL Groep. The second company the Prince visited was VDL ETG in Eindhoven. This factory produces systems and modules for the chip, medical, LED, solar and other industries. The Prince was led on a tour of both companies and spoke with employees about their work. The visit concluded at the headquarters in Eindhoven.

The King Willem I Prize has been awarded once every two years since 1958 by the King Willem I Foundation, with active support from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Foundation’s mission is to provide new impulses to the national economy, thereby promoting the standing of Dutch trade and industry. The award goes to companies that have demonstrated their ability to successfully combine daring, decisiveness, sustainability, perseverance and innovation.