Vlaardingen August 26, 2016

Fontijne Grotnes, a leading supplier of innovative (metal) forming processes, manufacturing equipment and related services, has changed and improved the structure of both the regional sales teams and the product management support teams in order to improve worldwide customer support and specialized product competence.

Dedicated sales teams per region

Starting September 2016, Fontijne Grotnes will be operating with a dedicated sales team, headed by a sales executive per region: North and South America (AMERICAS), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC).

AMERICAS  – Mike Walker (Sales Director Americas and Managing Director Fontijne Grotnes Inc.)

Mike has been with the company since 2013. Previously he was Executive Vice President at Hess, the company from which we acquired intellectual property in 2013.

APAC  – Erik Blokhuis (Sales Director Asia Pacific)

Erik joined the company July 1st, 2016 and is based in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). He has extensive experience in high-spec engineered solutions, working for technical global oriented companies.

 EMEA – Ad Honders (Sales Director EMEA)

Ad joins the company on September 1st, 2016. He has a broad range of experience in international technology companies. He has fulfilled commercial, technical and managerial roles at companies like Stork and TATA steel.

Dirk Smulders, Fontijne Grotnes CEO since February 2016: “I am excited to welcome both Erik and Ad to our team. The Fontijne Grotnes Group is going through a transition and with these changes in the sales structure and additions to our team we bring the right knowledge and expertise to our key regional markets. This will enhance our existing partner’s commercial teams and strengthen our regional sales efforts. Erik and Ad look forward to building strong relationships with existing and new clients, as well as introducing new business”.

Specialized competence teams per product line

In order to innovate, optimize and support the sales teams in finding a suitable solution for our customers, we have invested in specialized competence teams per product line with existing highly experienced team members in the Netherlands as well as the USA:

  • Automated canning and spinning production lines
  • Specialized metal forming equipment for aerospace, forging, oil & gas and automotive applications, like (pipe) expanders, shrinkers and wheel production lines
  • Tire wheel assembly lines
  • High end forming presses (platen presses) for the polymer processing, rubber and composites industry
  • Global Services

Additionally, Jacob van Balen, our previous sales director, has decided to leave Fontijne Grotnes. We want to thank him for the work he has done for the company over the years and wish him similar success in his new endeavours.

About Fontijne Grotnes Group

The Fontijne Grotnes Group is a leading supplier of innovative (metal) forming processes, manufacturing equipment and related services. The Fontijne Grotnes Group embodies a proud legacy of craftsmanship and service built on more than 105 years of experience in multiple industries. We are committed to delivering high quality equipment, products and services that meets the highest possible standards.


For additional information contact:

Fontijne Grotnes Group

Industrieweg 21

3133 Vlaardingen

The Netherlands

+ 31 10 434 8233