Hydraudyne breaks new ground with hydrogen compressor for truck | guarantee

BOXTEL – There is a new name on the facade of the Bosch Rexroth campus in Boxtel. From now on, the project company (Large Projects) will be called Van Halteren Technologies Boxtel. And then the company, best known in Boxtel as Hydraudyne, faces a new future. With promising products such as hydrogen compressors for trucks.

“We present our ideas for the development of hydrogen compressors for trucks and the associated construction of ‘filling stations’ for these new trucks at the Hannover Messe, which is now underway. We do this together with our partner Resato. You can not drive trucks on batteries, but you can on hydrogen. And the technology that comes in handy is very similar to what we’ve been doing with our cylinder design for years, “says Durk-Jan Nederlof of Van Halteren Technologies Boxtel.

New staff

According to Nederlof, this sustainable technology marks a new chapter for the company, which is now again in the hands of a Dutch family business from Bunschoten with, among others, Izaak and Pieter-Joost Veerman at the helm. “We have the right staff to do things. The market is there too. There is still work to be done on the customer side. As well as recruiting new staff, especially in the age group between 25 and 35 years. We recruit new employees primarily at universities, colleges and MBOs. ”

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Coffee and cake for the staff of Van Halteren Technologies Boxtel. © jan zandee


The 250 employees of Van Halteren Technologies Boxtel on Wednesday morning celebrated the official transition from German (Rexroth, A Bosch Company) to Dutch hands. It happened in a large parking lot at Ladonk on Van Salmstraat with bangs and streamers, speeches, coffee and cake and taking a group photo in jackets with the new Van Halteren logo.

Owner campus

Nederlof: “In fact, we make beautiful cylinders with our machine factory, but also everything that moves and must be controlled by hydraulics or electricity. We were a small part of Bosch Rexroth with a turnover of around 100 million euros a year. By the way, Bosch Rexroth will stay here in Boxtel. We have taken ownership of the campus and rent it out to Bosch, which will stay here with about two hundred employees and continue to maintain their sales department. ”

Rich history

Van Halteren Technologies Boxtel already has a long history in Boxtel, dating back to 1955. Then Joop van As and Dick Huijgen started hydraulic equipment for the first time for domestic and foreign customers, mainly in the dredging and ship lift industry. The company started in the old fire station next to the town hall on the Markt. The company Hydraudyne moved to Van Salmstraat in 1957.

London Ferris Wheel

In 1977, the German Mannessman took over Rexroth Hydraudyne. The group merged with Robert Bosch GmbH in 2001, and this is how the current Bosch Rexroth was created. The company’s highlights over the years were the delivery in the early 1980s of the hydraulic cylinders to the Oosterscheldekering and to the Ferris wheel in London in 1999. Hydraudyne provided control and propulsion technology for this London Eye.

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London Eye.
London Eye. © Lex van Lieshout ANP XTRA


The construction of this Ferris wheel is 135 meters high from the bottom. The wheel itself has a diameter of 120 meters. When Prime Minister Tony Blair officially opened the London Eye on 31 December 1999, the wheel was actually the largest in the world. This Ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames is now also a popular attraction. Every year there are 3.5 million visitors.

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Oosterscheldekering. © Arie Kievit


Hydraudyne also supplied the hydraulic installation to the Oosterscheldekering as part of the storm surge barrier. For this, a record length of 56 kilometers of hydraulic pipes was used. The installations for Hartelkering and Maeslantkering are also from Hydraudyne. In 1987, it was Hydraudyne that managed to jack the oil production platform group Ekofisk by 6 meters because it was in danger of disappearing into the waves.

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