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Coops & Nieborg

History of Coops & Nieborg

Coops & Nieborg has grown in about 35 years from a two-man business to a company with three production facilities.
The construction company is now one of the largest suppliers of shipbuilding components in the Netherlands.

  • 2006 and on

    Coops & Nieborg is focussing on complete solutions for shipowners and shipyards.
    Fully integrated in ship design, we built and assemble bulk discharge systems, cargo deck crane systems and hatch cover systems.

  • 2005 - Discharge systems

    Following the takeover of a company, Coops & Nieborg expanded their operations with the production of dischargers. The innovative character of this seaworthy loading and unloading system for sand, shingle, minerals and grain, among others, was perfectly in line with the pioneering approach of Coops & Nieborg.

  • 1999 - 2000

    In 1999 Coops & Nieborg was taken over by a new board of directors. Founders Reg Coops and Ko Nieborg sold the majority holding in the company to five investors; the board of management, two silent partners and two investment companies. The original owners retained their involvement with the company as consultants.

    After members of the management team had previously taken an interest in the company, in 2000 the new board took full control.

  • 1999

    In 1999 Coops & Nieborg was taken over by a new board of directors. Founders Reg Coops and Ko Nieborg sold the majority holding in the company to five investors; the board of management, two sleeping partners and two investment companies. The original owners retained their involvement with the company as consultants.

  • 1989 - 1996 Expansion

    Demand for hatchcovers and hatchcover gantry cranes increased. In 1989 the Bodewes Gruno shipyard in Foxhol (Groningen province) was purchased and became the location for constructing pontoon hatch covers. In order to meet the increasing demand for ship sections Coops & Nieborg purchased the Ferus Smit shipyard in Hoogezand and equipped it for section production.

  • 1985 - Yachts / fishing boats

    In 1985 the firm turned to building yachts and fishing boats in order to survive the slump in the shipbuilding industry. When the demand for components for the shipping industry picked up, they stopped building small boats but retain the expertise in house.

  • 1983 - Shipyard Takeover

    In 1983 Coops Bros. shipyard, which was owned by Reg Coops' cousins, was purchased.
    Coops & Nieborg, who now employed 15 people, started building hatchcovers, hatchcover gantry cranes and ship sections for ocean-going vessels.

  • 1981

    The business was a success; in 1981 the shed was exchanged for a romney barn in Hoogezand.
    The range of services offered was expanded to include construction work for shipyards and the first employee joined the firm.

  • 1979 - Founded

    In 1979 Reg Coops and Ko Nieborg started business in a shed in Hoogezand,
    building and maintaining machines and installations for local construction industries.