06 May

Interview Cor Van de Ven

“Continuous innovation is key”  Almost 40 years ago, Cor and his wife Han van de Ven founded Vencomatic. Together with […]

Interview Cor Van de Ven

“Continuous innovation is key” 

Almost 40 years ago, Cor and his wife Han van de Ven founded Vencomatic. Together with an ambitious team, they developed their company into an innovative global supplier in poultry house design and automation systems. Gradually Cor is stepping back now, with the new generation in command. Continuous innovation remains key, he emphasizes. “That’s in the DNA of our company”. 

Cor van de Ven is a self-made man. From history not so much in poultry housing and automation systems however. The founder and owner of the Vencomatic Group of companies from The Netherlands is a mechanical engineer instead, yet almost 40 years in the poultry business now. 

I am still involved in our company, but to a limited extent”, says Cor. “I am 68 years old now and my 5 children alongside a professional team are managing the company. My task is primarily coaching young staff, which I much enjoy.

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“It all started by an incident”, Cor continues. “As a young man, I had rented a piece of land on which I was growing Christmas trees. In order to prepare the land for this purpose, I needed a power harrow. I could borrow this from a breeder farmer, who was keeping 8000 breeder birds. This farmer was facing health problems and he asked me if I could help develop some kind of automation to ease the labour on his farm. And so happened.” 

“In 1983 this was the very start of Vencomatic”, he says. On the basis of a traditional wooden laying nest, he built a

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