‘We will continue under our own brand name and I remain active in the company for the time being,’ battery recycler Johan van Peperzeel tells Recycling International following the announcement that his company Van Peperzeel and Huiskes Metal & Electronics Recycling are joining forces.
Both companies have leading positions in specific segments of the recycling industry and, as established family businesses, claim to be ‘a perfect fit’, according to a press release.
Van Peperzeel has a strong position in the collection of lead-acid and lithium batteries and is also the national collection and sorting centre for batteries in the Netherlands. The company has developed into a knowledge centre for battery technology.
Huiskes has grown into a specialist in the field of collecting, processing and recycling electronics and metals. Dirk and Koen Huiskes are the fourth generation at the helm of the family business, based in Waalwijk in the south of the country. Van Peperzeel will continue to operate from its HQ in Lelystad.
Further growth planned
Johan van Peperzeel will remain associated with the company, it is stated, and will focus ‘even more than now on the fast-growing development within the battery market.’
‘We will continue under our brand name and I will remain active in the company for the time being,’ says Van Peperzeel. ‘I will focus even more on the international market.’
The acquisition does not come as a complete surprise. At the beginning of this year, Van Peperzeel told Recycling International he was looking for investors to realise further growth. It seems the merger with Huiskes paves the way for giving serious shape to that ambition.
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