With pride Smit & Zoon announces that it has had the honour to welcome the visit of Her Majesty Queen Maxima of Holland to celebrate the company’s jubilee of the 200th anniversary. The Queen visited the Weesp headquarters last May 26, discovering the family and entrepreneurial tradition of the company, in its seventh generation, its innovation and sustainability path, the importance given to education and the sharing of knowledge.
From trading stockfish and cod liver oil on the Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam in 1821, through an impressive series of innovations and adaptations, Smit & Zoon has grown to become a leading company specialising in products for the leather industry, today distributed throughout the world to high fashion, upholstery and automotive tanneries.
Innovation has remained at the core of the company from generation to generation, but also sustainability has become a key value, with the development of sustainable technologies through research and education, and the goal of establishing a sustainable learning chain, in collaboration with its stakeholders.
During the visit, the owner Marc Smit illustrated to Queen Maxima the significance of 200 years of family tradition guiding her along the factory hall. Dirick von Behr, Technical Manager & Zeologist, talked about the leather making process, while CEO Hans van Haarst explained the importance of circularity and the role of Smit & Zoo to make the leather supply chain more sustainable. Finally, Daniëlle Okkinga-Koenen, Global Director Marketing & Communication, zoomed in on education as a constant factor of improvement for the leather industry.
The visit of Queen Maxima represented for Smit&Zoon the culmination of a company activity marked by excellence, which in these 200 years has consolidated its worldwide reputation in the development of solutions for the leather industry. Today Smit&Zoon has clients in the high fashion, upholstery and automotive sector, more than 400 employees around the world between the Weesp headquarters in the Netherlands, and offices in Amersfoort (Netherlands), Germany, Italy, China and India.