THE NETHERLANDS, Hendrik Ido Ambacht. In February of this year we reported on Bolidt’s 50th anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, the Dutch synthetic specialist invited a small group of journalists to visit its headquarters and to meet some of its key partners within the maritime sector.
We arrived at Bolidt’s HQ by water taxi, which was a fun change from the usual airport minibus or car journey from Rotterdam airport. As we walked towards the main entrance to its facilities, press and media relations manager Margriet Lommers pointed out Bolidt’s new development, which faces the Noord river. “At the moment we are finishing a temporary structure, which is where we will host a party to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” she said. “It will be used as our Bolidt experience workshop until we get the go ahead to build our new experience centre. This is an important development following the refurbishment of our offices, as we invite interested parties such as designers to come to our facilities to see the possibilities and options available when using our products.”
The first presentation of the day came from Jacco van Overbeek, director of Bolidt’s global shipbuilding division. He revealed that 50 per cent of the company’s turnover comes from its marine division and that at the time of our visit, of its 36 projects ranging from cruise ships and ferries to navy and fishing vessels, Bolidt was working on four superyachts. Along with reviewing a few of its products, van Overbeek highlighted the importance of improving its products. "Developing sustainable and environmentally friendly products is important to us,” he said. “We tend to renew our decking on vessels every four to six years depending on what product it is and the type of vessel it has been fitted on. Our Future Teak for example has been around for nine years now and we’ve not had to replace or renew it yet.”
Jacco van Overbeek
Van Overbeek revealed Bolidt's aim to develop intelligent products that are energy saving in terms of insulation and heat deflection, but also energy producing. “The future is in innovation and improvement, and so we are looking at products that offer the opportunity to generate energy by simply walking on it or by harnessing solar energy,” he added.
Paul de Ruijter
Bolidt's R&D department
The day concluded in the R&D lab, where the press was invited to play and experiment with various coloured resins.
Tillberg Design AB-Sweden