History

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Because the way in which we predominantly see our 350 years of history is how past generations at Van Eeghen time and again looked at the future of this company rather than turning their heads backwards in what had been achieved in the past.

Companies with a length of history are usually rightfully proud of their past. They have stood up to the storms of time of social, economic and political change, while the wealth of success has not made them to waiver. The average company with some lesser history often tends to look back, dust-blinded by steeped systems.

History should be recorded as lessons can be learned from both failure and success. When connected to what present and new generations at Van Eeghen will be doing in the years ahead prospects take on an even more dynamic and challenging form. Therefore, we look forward to what is to come.

The Van Eeghen company time-line set-off against a macro-history


2012

Van Eeghen Group 350 years!

1998

Montreal, Canada

New Van Eeghen plant Montreal, Canada, production dehydrated vegetable-herb-spice blends servicing North American market. Sold 2011

1991

Functional Food Ingredients division

VE sets up new Functional Food Ingredients division. Nascent demand health enhancing foods. Increasingly health conscious and aging consumers. Main focus: Infant and Clinical foods, Sports and Nutritional Supplements markets.

1978

Supplier dehydrated vegetables/ spices

VE major world wide supplier dehydrated vegetables / spices for convenience food in arising affluence.

1976

International procurement company

VE founds international procurement company servicing World Bank and UN financed development projects Africa – Far East

1965

Banking division

Banking division Van Eeghen separated from trading by law and sold

1990

World Wide Web

Invention of World Wide Web

1989

Fall of Berlin Wall

Fall of Berlin Wall

1977

PC

Mass-produced personal computer

1970

Containerisation

Containerisation boosting global trade

1969

Moon landing

Moon landings; creation Intranet

1952

East Africa

Company starts new operations East Africa. Import-export subsidiary set up in Dar-es- Salaam, Tanganyika (Tanzania). Sugar Co. founded

1949

Independence of Indonesia

Independence of Indonesia. VE’s contingency planning already focused on diversification in Far East and Africa

1939-45

World War II

World War II. Total standstill company until 1945

1929

Great Depression

Wall Street crash, Great Depression, protectionist wave hits free trading Holland. VE’s trade survives well.

1914-18

World War I

World War I. VE focuses on high value market niches.

1890

VE moves into niche markets

New shipping lines, investments, competition change commercial world. Amsterdam loses importance as centre of trade. VE moves into niche markets.

1875

East Indian network

Van Eeghen’s East Indian network includes 30 merchant houses. Imports/ exports to Far East outpace trade with USA

1865

Christiaan van Eeghen

Group lead by Christiaan van Eeghen acquires area presently in centre of Amsterdam. Turns it into recreational Vondelpark sold symbolically for 1 Guilder to citizens Amsterdam

1889

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower inaugurated, Paris

1886

Statue of Liberty

Construction Statue of Liberty offered by France to USA

1869

Suez Canal

Opening Suez Canal

1824

Netherlands Trading Company

Netherlands Trading Company (later ABN AMRO bank) founded by King William I to reanimate Dutch trade with Orient

1815

Consignment cotton and tobacco

VE’s trading resumes when first American ship Emulation docks Amsterdam with consignment cotton and tobacco

1803

Napoleonic Wars France-England

Napoleonic Wars France-England. French domination (Continental System) thwarts VE’s commodity trading. Neutral flags keep VE’s ships out of British naval hands

1831

Darwin

Charles Darwin travels-HMS Beagle

1815

Napoleon

Napoleon defeated, Waterloo, exiled

1797

Founding Oyens & Van Eeghen bank

Founding Oyens & Van Eeghen bank, Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs

1792

Holland Land Company formed in USA.

Holland Land Company formed in USA. 6 Amsterdam merchants lead by VE acquire 5.5 million acres in states of New York and Pennsylvania. Move to diversify and dilute risks in French dominated continental Europe. Anticipating emigrant settlers New World. Shareholdings in new infrastructure ventures in USA

1785-93

VE provides loans to N-America.

VE provides loans to N-America. Also US bonds offered for resale Amsterdam fin. market. Interest in ships, insurance, trade. Masters VE’s ships dual role captain/merchant.

1789-99

French Revolution

1776

United States

United States Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia

1769

James Watt

First reliable steam engine James Watt, catalyst to the Industrial Revolution

1685

Bach

Birth of German composer J.S. Bach

1653

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal completed India

1705

2nd generation

2nd generation Christiaan 32 †. Wife Suzanna survives husband. She successfully continues business for 2 generations

1662

Founding Van Eeghen

Founding Van Eeghen Merchant Company by Jacob van Eeghen, Amsterdam, centre international trade. First products: Linen, linseed, wool, wine, timber, salt, sugar. Areas: Baltic, England, Mediterranean, West Indies

1632

Jacob van Eeghen

Jacob van Eeghen flees as Huguenot (Protestant) to Northern Netherlands

1632

Rembrandt

Rembrandt paints Anatomic Lesson