WESTDIJK IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN HEAVY HAULAGE COMPANIES IN THE NETHERLANDS TODAY. THEIR LOWLOADERS ARE ALSO REGULAR VISITORS TO THE UK. GOOD REASONS FOR HEAVYTORQUE’S LEONARD LOOIJENGA TO VISIT THE COMPANY’S HEADQUARTERS IN ALPHEN A/D RIJN TO FIND OUT MORE. CELIA WESTDIJK (LOGISTICS MANAGER) AND MELS SIJPKES (SALES MANAGER) TOLD THEIR STORY, GIVING HIM A VIEW INSIDE THE COMPANY.
At the end of the 70s, the three Westdijk brothers – Teun, Tom, and Nico – started the business, doing earthworks, tipper, and lowloader transport. After a short spell, they decided to sell the excavator and concentrate on transport. Money from the sale was invested in a lowloader. It turned out to be a wise move. The company was asked to move more and more machinery in the area around their hometown. Among the loads were quite a few piling rigs. Soon a 6x4 DAF with lowered roof joined the fleet, a tractor specially adapted to load crane jibs and piling-rig leaders over the top of the cab (see panel overleaf). Over the years the company grew steadily. Apart from the tippers and lowloaders, skip trucks and hookloaders for hauling waste were added to the fleet in the 80s. Those latter activities would later be sold to another specialist company. By the turn of the century, the lowloader fleet consisted of 12 lowloaders. Two very experienced heavy haulage specialists were brought into the Westdijk office, with a lot of knowledge and international contacts. Since then, the company hasn’t looked back.