History of VABI

The origin of VABI dates back to the fifties of the 20th century. On 30 September 1950, Rene van Alen and his wife Betsy van Alen-Samuels took the initiative to start a business for concrete materials. After running it as a one-man business for a couple of years, the enterprise was turned into a Limited Company.

NV Van Alen’s Betonindustrie, VABI, was formally established on 3 October 1963, and started the production of several concrete products such as building block, sewer culverts and curb stones with ca 10 employees. By purchasing second hand equipment, the production capacity was increased step by step. Block-making machines, culvert machines and concrete mixers were introduced, improving both quantity and quality visibly. Following the difficult periods in the 1980s when the import of cement had been restrained, considerable progress was made in the 1990s. In 2000 the laboratory was set up, enabling us to check the quality at home. Moreover, in-service training has considerably contributed to our technological knowledge on concrete. The latest large expansion was in 2007 with the introduction of a new block-making machine, including a completely computerized weighing, dosing and mixing plant. This has increased the accuracy of weighing the different mixtures enormously, thus improving the quality of the various products. Currently, the assortment has amply been expanded to more than 400 products with ca 300 people being employed by VABI. Production is now being performed with modern and computerized equipment so that in combination with the daily quality checks in our lab one may safely state:
VABI, “Meer dan steen alleen!”