History

Who would have thought that Sieb Koopman's one-man company would develop into an international company with over 900 employees? This page shows a history timeline. 

  • Terminal

    From blacksmith to milk collector

    In 1930 blacksmith Siebe Koopman of Briltil (close to Zuidhorn in Groningen) notices a drop in his income. More and more of his customers, mainly local milk collectors, are exchanging their horses for lorries. Siebe Koopman starts a taxi firm. But the cars are not used enough to generate sufficient income. Siebe Koopman therefore decides to make a living from milk collecting. This gets off to a successful start and during the course of time his sons Klaas, Henk and Piet join the company.

  • Klaas, Piet and Henk Koopman

    Siebe Koopman's company does well and during the course of time his sons Klaas, Henk and Piet join the company. During the nineteen-fifties the company starts transporting other products, such as building materials and sugar beets. That gives the company a broader base.

    A Koopman milktruck in the late 1950s
  • Piet Koopman and a Koopman truck

    From generation to generation

    In 1960 Siebe Koopman leaves the company and his son Klaas takes over. Together with his brothers Piet and Henk he continues to expand the company. In 1962 Koopman introduces the trailer coupling system: this makes it possible for a driver to deliver a trailer and then use his truck to collect another trailer. This method is still used by Koopman Cargo to this very day. 

  • Klaas Koopman buys two car transporters

    In 1964 Klaas Koopman buys two Fiat car transporters with a Vogelzang superstructure. This gets off to a slow start: one of the two lorries is often left unused.

  • A Koopman truck with VW Samba

    Car Transport takes off

    There is a big rise in the number of passenger cars and Koopman successfully responds to this. Who would have thought that the car that took away the living of the blacksmith in Briltil would lead the success of the family firm thirty years later? At the end of 1967 the Koopman fleet consists of eighteen vehicles; some of them are used to transport cars and small vans. The company stops transporting milk.

  • Koopman continues to grow

    The company's expansion takes off so dramatically that the brothers Klaas and Piet Koopman divide the management: Klaas becomes managing director and Piet takes on the transport operations (now Koopman Cargo) and the regular service the company provides at that time. Klaas's son Sieb Jr. takes over the car transport division. In 1971 Van Deelen Autotransport in Hoevelaken is taken over.  Henk Koopman takes charge of this branch.

    Picture taken at the Koopman site in Hoevelaken (former Van Deelen)
  • Een rij Koopman-vrachtauto's in de jaren tachtig van de vorige eeuw

    General Cargo grows

    In 1980 Koopman has ten 'general cargo' lorries on the road. It is decided to extend this activity. In 1983 Klaas Koopman hands over control to his sons Siebe Jr and Jan, who by then have been working at the company for some time. Like the first and second generations, they make successful inroads. They come to the conclusion that the branch in Hoevelaken no longer offers enough facilities and decide to move to Nijkerk.

  • TransMission

    Koopman enters into a joint venture with twelve other distribution companies. Under the name 'TransMission' they provide a fine-mesh distribution service throughout the Benelux region. In the same year Koopman pulls in a big contract for some 275 trailer shipments a day.

    Een vrachtauto van Koopman voor de laaddocks van de vestiging in Nijkerk
  • Market leader in car transport

    When Van Amerongen Autovervoer in Barneveld is taken over the Koopman fleet grows from 160 to 240 car transporters. This makes Koopman the Netherlands' biggest car transporter at a stroke. The takeover places Koopman on the list of the fastest growing companies in Europe. A brand new office is built in Nijkerk.

  • Purchase of car terminals

    A completely new chapter in the Koopman history starts with the takeover of the terminals in Amsterdam (2004) and Born (2006). The Belgian Dent Art is added in 2012. The terminals are favourably situated in Koopman's work area and make it possible for the company to offer its customers a total concept. The combination of transport, storage and expert vehicle handling gives Koopman a unique position to process large numbers of vehicles within a short time frame.

    History terminals
  • In 2014 Möhlmann was taken over by Koopman

    New member of the family: Möhlmann

    On 1 September 2014 it is announced that the renowned car transport company Möhlmann in Neuenburg, Germany, is being taken over by Koopman. This raises the Koopman fleet to almost 500 vehicles, and the company now employs over 900 people. With this takeover Koopman is looking to expand both its work area and its capacity.