Damen Hoisting was established five years ago as a business unit of Damen Anchor & Chain Factory, located on the premises of Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam in Schiedam. The hoisting division serves customers from various markets such as the maritime, offshore, industrial and civil engineering industries.

Reasons for the sale include market saturation and Damen’s strategic choice to focus on its core business.

“We are fully confident that this acquisition will positively help our customers and that they will continue to receive top service. This is a positive step forward for all involved,” said Perry Rikkers, GM, Damen Hoisting.

Liftal Hijstechniek has been active in the southwest of the Netherlands and in various European markets in the field of testing and certification of hoisting and lifting equipment for maritime applications, oil/gas/wind energy sectors, industrial markets and the construction sector since 1998.  

From its Belgian branch, the company covers Antwerp, the Terneuzen-Ghent canal zone and port areas on the coast.

“Geographically, the takeover of the activities of Damen Hoisting is a nice addition to Liftal Hijstechniek’s current working area. In addition, given the presence and concentration of shipping, offshore, wind and large industry, the Rotterdam region offers sufficient potential to further expand our activities. Partly in view of the promised support from the Damen Group, we are confident of continuing and further expanding the activities of Damen Hoisting within Liftal Hijstechniek,” added Hans Hirdes, manager of Liftal.

Work has already started under existing agreements and contracts will be completed under Damen Hoisting. Work that has not yet started will be performed by Liftal under conditions agreed with Damen Hoisting.