Sliedrecht, February 20st, 2019 – It is with great sadness that we regret to have to inform you of the sudden death of:
Chairman of the Advisory Board, Founder, shareholder and, until very recently, CEO of Dieseko Group
1962 - 2019
Ton (57) passed away during a holiday with his family in Marrakech.
He was a passionate entrepreneur; he was energetic and always able to get others to enthuse about his ideas. At all times, Ton was completely on the ball. Together with his staff, he secured the company’s international breakthrough. Ever considerate of everyone’s needs, his door was always open to others. In Ton we lose a very committed leader, colleague and friend.
Ton is survived by his loving wife Karen, his daughter Annemijn and his son Floris. We wish them all much strength in this difficult time.
Words cannot express the void that was left with us. He will be greatly missed.
You may send your condolences to a special condoleances website (dutch language) Fill in: ton kraak (only lowercase letters) at the "vul hier uw naamcode in" field.
From the Supervisory Board of Dieseko Beheer, the Managing Board of Dieseko Group and all employees of Dieseko Group, Woltman Piling & Drilling Rigs and Bell Dredging Pumps.
Dirk Smulders succeeds Ton Kraak as CEO of Dieseko Group BV
Sliedrecht, 20 December 2018 – As of 1 January 2019 Mr Dirk Smulders will succeed Mr Ton Kraak as Chairman of the Board/CEO. Dirk Smulders has been a member of the Dieseko Group Board as Chief Operations Officer (COO) since September 2017. Ton Kraak, who has led the Dieseko Group since 2008, will continue his involvement in the group as a shareholder and in an advisory capacity.
Dirk Smulders (left) will be the new Chairman of the Board/CEO of Dieseko Group as of 1 January 2019. He succeeds Ton Kraak (right), who will continue his involvement with the company as shareholder and in an advisory capacity.
In his new role as Chairman of the Board/CEO, Dirk Smulders will be responsible for the implementation and, where necessary, further sharpening of the present strategy. The objective is and remains to promote the current growth and to further strengthen Dieseko’s position as a leading global player in the area of high-end, innovative foundation solutions.
Dirk Smulders: “I consider it a great honour and challenge to lead Dieseko Group BV. I am really looking forward to working with my fellow board members, management and our employees to even better serve our customers all over the world with innovative products. I am grateful to my predecessor Ton Kraak for the thorough and very pleasant induction period, and I thank the Works Council, the Supervisory Board and our shareholder NPM Capital for the trust they place in me.”
Dirk Smulders studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Delft and previously held positions with final responsibility at Stork and Doedijns. He is married and has three children.
Drone impressie van Drive-Dredge-Drill Open Huis
Mooie beelden van het Open Huis op de werf van Woltman Piling & Drilling Rigs in Oosterhout.
Nice pictures of the Open house at the yard of Woltman Piling & Drilling Rigs in Oosterhout.
Made by Martin Gerritsen.
Very first Woltman 55VR heads out to its first jobsite
Woltman´s latest addition to its product range: The Woltman 55VR.
Woltman is well known for manufacturing dedicated, compact yet powerful rigs for the foundation industry. Over the years several foundation methods require more and more bearing capacity which means the rigs which install these foundations are also getting larger and heavier. Therefore Woltman has now designed a new rig with increased performance but still compact of size.
New apartment buildings in New Castle built with Woltman 50 PR-FF
In New Castle (Delaware, United States of America) a former brownfield is prepared to be ready for 4 apartment buildings. The former old industrial steel metal foundry had metal debris, wood, old stumps and a thick layer of slag. That’s the reason why the precast piles are fitted with rock shoes. These rock shoes keep the pile driving through rocks, metal or other obstacles. They have a high capacity to withstand compression and lateral stress.
The project consisted of 400 pieces precast piles with a length varying between 25ft and 35ft. For the Woltman 50PR-FF an easy job, taken into account the capacity of this pile driving rig. With the 50PR-FF, a single pile of max. 72ft can be driven. The leader capacity of this 63 tons operational weight rig is a staggering 18.5 ton (pile + hammer). Although 63 tons seems light for a piling rig with a 7 tons hammer, some states/countries may require lighter transport possibilities. Therefore, the hammer as well as the counterweight can be de-assembled. By doing so, the transport weight will be reduced to only 45 tons (metric).
The PVE NL series hydraulic impact hammer line are designed according to a modular set-up. Therefore a 1 or 2 tons extension can be fitted to a PVE 5NL to make it a 6 tons or even 7 tons impact hammer. This makes the contractor flexible when approaching a project. The Woltman 50PR-FF of Sun Piledriving Equipment is fitted with the latest safety and operational features to make pile driving a well monitored and efficient process. Some of these features are Zollern Free fall winches, Caterpillar Tier 4F / Stage 4 engine, motion alarms and enhanced data acquisition (PVE measure strike).