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In respectful remembrance Ton Kraak
Sliedrecht, February 20st, 2019 – It is with great sadness that we regret to have to inform you of the sudden death of:
Chairman of the Advisory Board, Founder, shareholder and, until very recently, CEO of Dieseko Group
1962 - 2019
Ton (57) passed away during a holiday with his family in Marrakech.
He was a passionate entrepreneur; he was energetic and always able to get others to enthuse about his ideas. At all times, Ton was completely on the ball. Together with his staff, he secured the company’s international breakthrough. Ever considerate of everyone’s needs, his door was always open to others. In Ton we lose a very committed leader, colleague and friend.
Ton is survived by his loving wife Karen, his daughter Annemijn and his son Floris. We wish them all much strength in this difficult time.
Words cannot express the void that was left with us. He will be greatly missed.
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Dirk Smulders succeeds Ton Kraak as CEO of Dieseko Group BV
Sliedrecht, 20 December 2018 – As of 1 January 2019 Mr Dirk Smulders will succeed Mr Ton Kraak as Chairman of the Board/CEO. Dirk Smulders has been a member of the Dieseko Group Board as Chief Operations Officer (COO) since September 2017. Ton Kraak, who has led the Dieseko Group since 2008, will continue his involvement in the group as a shareholder and in an advisory capacity.
|Dirk Smulders (left) will be the new Chairman of the Board/CEO of Dieseko Group as of 1 January 2019. He succeeds Ton Kraak (right), who will continue his involvement with the company as shareholder and in an advisory capacity.
In his new role as Chairman of the Board/CEO, Dirk Smulders will be responsible for the implementation and, where necessary, further sharpening of the present strategy. The objective is and remains to promote the current growth and to further strengthen Dieseko’s position as a leading global player in the area of high-end, innovative foundation solutions.
Dirk Smulders: “I consider it a great honour and challenge to lead Dieseko Group BV. I am really looking forward to working with my fellow board members, management and our employees to even better serve our customers all over the world with innovative products. I am grateful to my predecessor Ton Kraak for the thorough and very pleasant induction period, and I thank the Works Council, the Supervisory Board and our shareholder NPM Capital for the trust they place in me.”
Dirk Smulders studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Delft and previously held positions with final responsibility at Stork and Doedijns. He is married and has three children.
At the end of last year, ICE introduced 2 compact hydraulic power packs. The 200 and 450 are the long awaited successors of a classic compact series from the nineties. With 230 and 465 L/min respectively and equipped with an adjusted manifold that is suitable for driving vibratory hammers, rotary heads, winches, etc.
Mobility is a major benefit of such a compact set: With weights as low as approx. 3 (200) and 5.3 tonnes in an extremely small housing, it is possible to transport a set using a standard box truck. A major advantage if the equipment is to be used on many different locations.
These power packs are provided with a Stage IV / Tier 4F Volvo engine with AdBlue and biodegradable oil, as well as the new iQan MD4 control system with wireless remote control. The compact power packs have a significantly lower energy consumption and are also much more silent, thanks to different filters and the visco drive of the radiator fan, amongst other things. Size matters, they say at ICE.
Dieseko Group launches out during Infratech 2017
From January 17th to 20th, Infratech took place, the most important exhibition for the infrastructure industry in the Netherlands. Dieseko Group launched out with a beautiful and outstanding booth, with an important eye catcher: the PVE RD260 Resonator. This foundation machine, that drives profiles without vibration because of the resonance technique, is a true innovation in the industry. The Resonator gained a lot of interest during the exhibition.
Jolanda van den Brink, Sales Director Benelux: “We are very satisfied with the number of visitors of the exhibition, and more specifically with the interest for our foundation solutions. Infratech is an important fair where we traditionally meet a lot of customers. We notice there is need for product innovation in our industry, the Resonator is a great example of such an innovative solution.”
Next to the Resonator, Dieseko Group also introduced some great images of the fully refurbished cabin of a Woltman Piling & Drilling Rigs piling rig. The new cabin is fully ergonomic, and the machinist has a complete overview of the job site and the machine, which makes the workplace clear and safe. In addition, the redesign gives the rig a stylish and modern appearance.
Dieseko Group acquires majority interest in Pilequip Australia
Producer and supplier of hydraulic foundation equipment, Dieseko Group, has recently acquired a majority interest in Pilequip Australia. Pilequip is the first Australian branch office for the Dieseko Group. Pilequip services clients in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific Islands.
Pilequip, an established dealer of Dieseko Group for the past 30 years, is based in Sydney and has an extensive rental fleet with a wide range of foundation equipment from all three brands under the Dieseko Group, being : ICE International Construction Equipment, PVE Piling & Vibro Equipment, and Woltman Piling & Drilling Rigs. The Australian company offers wide support to their customers and maintains a large inventory of spare parts for all machines in the rental fleet.
Brett Camm, Managing Director of Pilequip: “Being on the other side of the world to Europe, there is an increasing local demand for foundation equipment to be immediately available in Australia, as well as New Zealand. Now we have become part of Dieseko Group, we are able to deliver foundation equipment within a short timeframe. We are proud to be part of this A brand with a strong international network.”
Ton Kraak, CEO Dieseko Group: “We are glad we have been able to add Pilequip to our list of international branches. There is a lot of potential in Australia and New Zealand and now we have our own site, we can service the market even better. We have been working with Pilequip for many years and we are proud they are part of Dieseko Group. This branch in Sydney means we are present ‘down under’ from now on.”