The largest separator manufacturer in the Netherlands - Aquafix Milieu - is joining the ACO Group. The company was founded 27 years ago by Michel Pieke and is now the largest manufacturer of concrete and plastic oil and grease separators on the Dutch market. Pumping stations, wastewater treatment and water management products are also part of Aquafix's production portfolio, as well as a distribution division for a wide range of wastewater and drainage products. Aquafix employs 40 people at its production facility in Mijdrecht, about 20 kilometres south of Amsterdam. It has a large warehouse and a sales office in Belgium. ACO and Aquafix share the DNA of a family business and will strengthen each other as sister companies in terms of product range, know-how and market coverage.
"Although we operate in the same market, the product ranges and customer groups have only a limited overlap, which is why we are aiming for joint growth. The potential offered by the local production of separators, pumping stations and other concrete and plastic products will enable us to respond better and faster to market and project needs. The growth possibilities of the Aquafix production and its location in the heart of the western Netherlands offer great potential for the future," says Paul Gruson, Managing Director of ACO Netherlands.
Together with the management teams, Paul Gruson will lead both companies as Managing Director. Michel Pieke will continue to act as a consultant for Aquafix Milieu to support a smooth transition into the ACO Group.
"I started 27 years ago in the attic of our house, in the meantime Aquafix has grown and developed into a professional, mature company. Thanks to the efforts of our highly motivated team, we have become the market leader for separators in the Netherlands. Now the company needs to take the next step in its development. I am pleased that Aquafix can now continue to grow as part of a global company - the ACO Group. I can't think of a better strategic partnership and I am convinced that with this acquisition Aquafix and ACO will strengthen their market share in the Dutch and international market", says Michel Pieke, previous owner of Aquafix.
The ACO Group, headquartered in Rendsburg, Germany, is a global family-owned company that is one of the world's market leaders in the water management sector. Founded in Schleswig-Holstein in 1946, it operates as a transnational network in over 50 countries and generates a turnover of over
1 billion euros. On the Dutch market, the company has been active for over 50 years from its sales office in Doetinchem. ACO Netherlands employs 40 people and is active in civil engineering, construction drainage and building materials. The ACO Group produces a wide range of drainage solutions. Increasingly, these use smart technology to ensure that rainwater and wastewater are drained or stored in accordance with requirements.
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