Before this, Royal de Boer Stalinrichtingen was the property of GEA Farm Technologies. However, GEA has shifted its activities with a desire to focus on automatic milking and feeding. Mutares, a German investment firm, acquired the barn equipment company. ‘We will continue independently, under our own name,’ says commercial director Henri Geerts. The company plans to focus on barn equipment and manure technology. ‘We are working on building up a new dealer network with short lines of communication towards the livestock farmers.’
Mutares owns 21 family companies. These companies, like Royal de Boer Stalinrichtingen, were once disconnected from a multinational. ‘Mutares invests in the future of Royal de Boer Stalinrichtingen, with the objective of selling us again at some point,’ says Geerts, who, along with Leo Eekhof and Pieter van Dellen, forms the three-man management. Royal de Boer Stalinrichtingen employs almost a hundred people, and has a turnover of € 30 million. The company has its own production site for steel products in Leeuwarden, where investments will be made in coming years.