04 August 1877
G.J. Nijhuis was born in 1877 in Boekelo
06 April 1904
Start of Machinefabriek (Machine factory) G.J. Nijhuis in Winterswijk
01 January 1917
Expanding the factory with a foundry
01 January 1927
Nijhuis provided the local slaughterhouse in Winterswijk
01 January 1930
Nijhuis introduced a new division aimed at repairing, designing and manufacturing Nijhuis pumps.
01 January 1960
Development of the Augias bandfilter and flotation system in sixties and seventies
01 January 1977
Machinefabriek G.J. Nijhuis employed 200 employees active across three divisions: Pumps, Slaughter Technique and Wastewater
01 January 1980
Nijhuis Water Division
01 January 1983
Nijhuis Water B.V. relocated to the Rondweg (Hal Zuid) in Winterswijk
01 January 1993
In 1993 Nijhuis Water moved from Winterswijk to Dinxperlo
01 January 2000
Growing demand creating value out of waste material
01 January 2008
Development of Sand Filter and Carbon Filter
01 January 2010
Acquisition of Thecogas
01 June 2013
Acquisition of Excellent Ozone Solutions
01 August 2013
Acquisition of H2OK
02 November 2013
New corporate identity: Solid Solutions In A Fluid World
01 January 2014
New offices in Latin America, Singapore and China
More than 110 years of heritage
110 years ago, Gerrit Jan Nijhuis started a small machine factory in Winterswijk, located in the east of the Netherlands. G.J. Nijhuis was born in 1877 in Boekelo and grew up on a farm called “den Els”. After having discovered his talent for forging and repairing machines he established “Machinefabriek (Machine factory) Nijhuis-De Wolf” together with his business partner Mr. Wolf in 1896. After eight years their partnership came to an end and on 6th of April 1904 he started “Machinefabriek (Machine factory) G.J. Nijhuis” on the Parrellelweg in Winterswijk. The workshop offered repairs for textile, dairy and slaughterhouse equipment. In 1917 he expanded the factory with a foundry which enabled the company to design its own generators, motors and other iron equipment.
1920 - 1960: focus on designing and manufacturing slaughterhouse equipment
During the mid-twenties the company gradually applied more focus on designing and manufacturing slaughterhouse equipment. In 1927, Nijhuis provided the local slaughterhouse in Winterswijk with the latest state-of-the-art slaughterhouse technology, a unique piece of equipment in the Netherlands back then. In the 1930s Nijhuis introduced a new division aimed at repairing, designing and manufacturing Nijhuis pumps. G.J. Nijhuis proved to be a great inventor and was personally responsible for the introduction of the self-priming centrifugal pump. Nijhuis pumps continued to grow in popularity, particularly in the shipping and fire pump industry where the Nijhuis name became a household brand for decades. After World War II the population of The Netherlands was on the rise again which had an impact on the demand for food and slaughterhouses. This development in combination with the company’s engineering experience encouraged Nijhuis to continue to expand and build a reputation for itself in the field of pumps and slaughterhouse equipment.
1960 - 1980: a critical eye on water treatment
The growing demand for the purification of wastewater in slaughterhouses in the sixties and seventies led to the development of the Augias bandfilter and flotation system. Capable of separating solids from slaughterhouse wastewater, the newly developed system was able to meet the discharge requirements imposed by the government. The flotation system was an idea originally inspired by the oil industry. In 1977, Machinefabriek G.J. Nijhuis employed 200 employees active across three divisions: Pumps, Slaughter Technique and Wastewater. Each division had their own symbol and specialized in the engineering, manufacturing and delivery of products across a wide range of industries. The idea behind the company’s logo, showing the Nijhuis eye was also established during this time. It meant to visualize “a critical eye on water treatment”.
1980 - 1993: Nijhuis Water division and Nijhuis Water Technology
To allow the company to specialize further and meet the growing demand for purifying wastewater, Nijhuis started the Nijhuis Water division, aimed at developing wastewater technologies to accommodate for a new range of other markets at the end of the seventies and eighties. The GDF (the Gerrit Drupsteen Flotation unit) and IPL (Inclined Plate Lamella separator) where developed during this period, as well as the temporary wastewater rental solutions. In 1983 Nijhuis Slaughterhouse technique moved to Lichtenvoorde and Nijhuis Water B.V. relocated to the Rondweg (Hal Zuid) in Winterswijk with its own production facility. Throughout the mid-eighties Nijhuis Pumps was separated all together which resulted in Nijhuis Water and Nijhuis Slaughter Technique to operate as separate entities.
Nijhuis Water continued to expand its wastewater technologies in primary and secondary treatment all over the world under the leadership of G.J. Nijhuis, grandson of the original founder. He was director of Nijhuis Water from the late seventies until 1990. In 1987 Stork acquired Nijhuis Slaughter Technique and after five years the former relationship between the three divisions came to an end. It was also at that time that the business started operating in Poland. In 1993 Nijhuis Water moved from Winterswijk to Dinxperlo with approximately 40 employees under the new name “Nijhuis Water Technology” (NWT). The Dinxperlo office provided Nijhuis with its own production facility for the in-house production of robust stainless steel wastewater solutions such as the famous dissolved air flotation system.
1993 - 2000: introduction of a new range of products and services
The Dinxperlo era introduced a whole new range of added value services like engineering, project management, manufacturing and service of complete wastewater treatment systems. The company’s expertise continued to grow across a wide range of industries, especially in the oil and gas market where the famous Nijhuis flocculation-flotation technique was based on the latest safety standards.
2000 - 2010: start of creating value of out (waste)water
At the beginning of 2000, the demand to create value out of waste material was growing. To accommodate for this requirement Nijhuis developed the first concept of the AecomixTM in Lithuania. In the years that followed waste to value continued to develop itself as an important new theme in the industry. Between 2005 and 2010 Nijhuis opened new offices in Russia and the USA and established a joint venture agreement with H2OK in the United Kingdom. Not only primary treatment and secondary treatment where important for the complete delivery of wastewater treatment plants, Nijhuis also developed its own Sand Filter and Carbon Filter for tertiary wastewater treatment and an inside fed rotary filter for primary treatment.
2010 - 2013: acquisition of Thecogas, H2OK and Excellent Ozone Solutions
2010 witnessed the start of a new period through the acquisition of Thecogas, aimed at expanding the company’s biogas activities to create more value out of waste(water). After a period of 18 years, the Nijhuis logo changed from blue to black and yellow but the ever watchful eye, which has been unique to the Nijhuis identity since the 1970s, continued to exist as it still does to this day. With the appointment of Menno M. Holterman and Ronald Ruijtenberg Nijhuis has been accelerating its growth strategy turning (waste)water into value. In 2013 Nijhuis acquired Excellent Ozone Solutions (now Nijhuis Ozone Solutions) and H2OK (now Nijhuis H2OK) to expand the Nijhuis group with ozone and disinfection technology and turnkey solutions.
New corporate identity: Solid Solutions In A Fluid World
In November 2013 a new corporate identity was launched incorporating Nijhuis Water Technology, Nijhuis Ozone Solutions and Nijhuis H2OK under the joint flag of Nijhuis Industries, providing “solid solutions in a fluid world”. In order to cope with the growing demand for Nijhuis systems, solutions and added-value services Nijhuis relocated to its current HQ in Doetinchem.
In 2014 new offices were established in Latin America, Singapore and China and at the end of the year Nijhuis Ozone Solutions relocated from Eerbeek to join the team in Doetinchem. These days Nijhuis has established itself as a multinational and leading solution provider with more than 50 partners and agents all over the world, employing over 240 employees and offices in The Netherlands, UK, Poland, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, China, Singapore, Indonesia, USA, Canada and Colombia. Even though the former ties with Nijhuis Pumps and Nijhuis Slaughter Technique do not existent anymore, the legacy is not forgotten. The company continues to build on the knowledge and experience that is part of its proud heritage, dating back more than 110 years. It has provided the business with a wealth of expertise based on their innovative vision, in-house technologies, market experience and a wide range of added value services.
We strongly believe that through combining our longstanding expertise and know-how we can design, manufacture and deliver solid solutions with the highest level of innovation to meet today’s challenges as well as those of the future. It is with this vision that we strive for solid solutions fit for a fluid world, ever-changing and variable as ours, just like Gerrit Jan Nijhuis had in mind when he started his workshop all those years ago in 1904.
A visit of the founding fathers of Nijhuis Water in December 2014.
From left to right: Theo Bakker (former sales), Gerrit Jan Nijhuis (former director), Gerrit Drupsteen (former engineer) and current CEO of Nijhuis Industries Menno M. Holterman