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The first full financial year following the divestment of the Handling Automation division and the brand name Egemin was a success for Agidens. The strategic five-year plan ‘20/20 Vision’ that was developed in 2015 was off to a vigorous start. The order book was worth approximately 50 million euros. The group currently has around 600 employees spread over Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland.
The strategy of Agidens is based on four major pillars: internationalization, market differentiation, product innovation and sustainable relationships. To support this, the ‘Agidens Innovation Eco System’ was created in 2016. For the future, the development of new products, services and operational models will contribute significantly to the further growth of Agidens.
In 2016, Agidens Process Automation developed new software applications through open innovation and in collaboration with several partners. Those new applications will generate further growth in the Belgian and international tank terminal market. The Tank Terminal business unit was able in 2016 to further strengthen its prominent market position in the ZARAG area (the area between Zeebrugge, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Ghent). A record turnover was recorded, despite the fact that there were fewer greenfield projects on the market.
Despite difficult market conditions, the Food business unit was able to report growth thanks to the strategic initiatives that were identified.
Excellent successes were also achieved in the (fine) chemical industry.
The Life Sciences division continued its vigorous growth, building on the solid foundations of its key account management. It was able to win a number of managed services contracts for major players in the pharmaceutical industry. The automation activities were successfully expanded from the traditional markets of Belgium and the Netherlands into Switzerland. The new branches in France and Germany reported their first successes in 2016 and laid the foundations for further growth in 2017. In 2016, the Infra Automation division worked on the Beatrix lock in the Netherlands, the biggest project in the company’s 70-year history. The first international engineering projects were also added to the order book. With a clear strategic plan and focus, a growing demand for automation and a well-filled order book for 2017, Agidens will continue to invest in profitable growth in the coming years.