Our family business was founded in 1930 by Jan Willem Limpens.
Follow below the journey of over 93 years of Limpens.
From a transportation company to the logistics chain company we are today.
In 1930, Jan Willem Limpens started his company with an AA-Ford and primarily transported trees and later long pipes.
After the Second World War, Limpens dedicated itself to reconstruction efforts. At the local brick factory in Spaubeek, the bricks were still loaded by hand.
The Limpens fleet in 1949 in front of the workshop, which was built next to the house.
3 Bedfords and 1 Dodge.
Construction of the main street (Kupstraat) in the village of Spaubeek.
1) The GMC (formerly used by the U.S. military) with a bulldozer on it, and in the foreground, Frans Limpens.
2) Unloading the bulldozer.
The vehicle fleet in 1954 consisted of, from left to right:
- Bedford tow truck
- 3x GMC
- De Soto
- 2x DAF 7-streper
DAF 7-streper loaded with cable rolls.
1) Polishing the "De Soto."
2) The DAF 1600, 165 HP equipped with a Hulo crane.
Jan Willem Limpens took a risk and purchased one of the first bulk trucks in the Netherlands in 1960. This DAF with silo body had a capacity of 11m3 for the astronomical amount of 60,000 guilders.
1-2) 1st Bulk Truck: DAF 6x2; UB-55-78 Type A 1300 DD Payload 12 tons
3) Picking up a concrete mixer in Rotterdam.
The vehicle fleet in 1963 consisted of, from left to right:
- Opel Rekord
- Fiat 643 with LAG silo trailer.
- DAF 2000 D0 with silo body.
- 4x DAF 1600, one of which had a silo body.
1) First LAG bulk trailer with Fiat tractor.
2) Unloading a Gofa bulk trailer.
The DAF V1600 DD, with 120 HP and 4x4 drive, was loaded with sand.
By 1968, the vehicle fleet had already grown to a significant size.
1) Fiat with a self-made tipper silo trailer.
2) Fiat with a single-axle Hulo trailer and HULO unloading crane.
3) DAF 2600 with a bulb tank of 20m3; this trailer was later converted into a single-chamber bottom unloader.
In 1970, Limpens celebrated its 40th anniversary.
1 - 3) The Limpens vehicle fleet continued to expand. Much of the equipment was purchased secondhand and then customized according to their own preferences. It included:
- Bulk trucks
- Sand tippers
- Fuel oil trailers
- Stone carriers
4) DAF 2600 with the first new Van Hool tipper bulk trailer. Total loading volume 30 m3
1 - 2) Unloading stones in Vlissingen using the DAF with HULO trailer.
3) Warehouse + residence in Spaubeek, which had become much too small in the meantime.
1) Loading fly ash at the Laura power plant. Handling fly ash from coal-fired power plants was a daily task.
2) FIAT with a double-tipping Gofa bulk trailer.
3) André Limpens working at the office.
DAF 2600 with a 27m3 steel Van Hool unloader. This was used to transport thousands of tons of dolomite powder from Germany to Maastricht.
1) Due to the harsh winter (-20 degrees), loading of limestone sometimes had to take place at different locations, like here in Landelies (Belgium).
2) DAF 1600 container truck, this type of transport was only carried out for a short period.
Due to the substantial growth of the vehicle fleet, a new warehouse with work and washing facilities had to be constructed. This was built in Spaubeek in 1977.
DAF 2800, 260 HP, with a BUCA tipper trailer, unloading fly ash.
In 1980, Limpens celebrated its 50th anniversary.
1) In the background, the new company building.
2) A portion of the vehicle fleet, partially lined up.
1) Limpens begins transportation for the chemical sector. In this case, a loaded DAF 3300 departs with plastic pellets to its unloading destination.
2) The first bulk trailer for plastic pellets (52m3).
3) Loading fertilizer in Wallonia.
Unloading cement in Katwijk aan Zee with 2x DAF 3300, 330 HP. 1x bottom unloader with a capacity of 36 m3 and 1x tipper trailer also with a volume of 36 m3.
1) The vehicle fleet in 1984.
2) Hub Limpens busy assembling a compressor.
3) Here, at a Farmers' Cooperative in Germany, unloading fertilizer using a DAF 3300 with a Van Hool bottom unloader.
1) The three sons of Jan Willem Limpens who jointly ran the company, from left to right:
- André Limpens
- Frans Limpens
- Hub Limpens
Unloading 2x plastic pellets in Apeldoorn.
1) The vehicle fleet in 1992.
2) DAF 95 with a unloader in the Limburg landscape.
1) Three generations of Limpens, from left to right:
- Frans Limpens
- Hub Limpens
- Jan Willem Limpens
- André Limpens
- Guus Limpens
2) Founder Jan Willem Limpens.
Family of Guus Limpens with the 4th generation.
Limpens contributed to the transportation of the 11 million tons on behalf of Borax in Rotterdam.
1 - 2) In 1998, it was time to move to the new Business Park Stein in Elsloo. In our new facility, we have a spacious workshop, cleaning facilities, and a parking area of 12,000 m2!
3) The cleaning process in action.
4) DAF 95 XF with Spitzer trailer. Total loading volume of 63 m3.
Guus Limpens acquires all shares from the family and continues to lead the company into the new millennium.
1) Brand new Volvo NH.
2) The vehicle fleet in 2002.
The first vacuum trailer with a capacity of 63 m3 has become a reality.
This allows us the capability of suctioning granules and powders from a silo, for example.
1) Limpens expands internationally. Together with J-P Souren, they establish a cleaning facility in Bottrop.
2) Placement of the water containers.
3) Warchild receives special attention and appreciation from us. Our support continues to this day.
4) DAF CF with a bottom unloader.
2005 was an innovative year for Limpens.
1) Expansion of the headquarters at Business Park Stein in Elsloo completed and ready for use.
2 - 3) Construction of the cleaning facility in Bottrop is finished and is inaugurated.
4) Jeanette and Jean-Pierre Souren working at the new cleaning facility in Bottrop.
5) Limpens carries out 1100 cement deliveries for the construction of the North-South Line in Amsterdam.
6 - 7 - 8) In 2005, Limpens celebrates its 75th anniversary with a grand celebration. The open day is attended by 3000 people.
9) Limpens puts the first bulk LZV (Long Heavy Vehicle) into operation in the Netherlands. Total weight of 60 tons, with a total loading volume of 100 m3.
1) Start of the construction of the enclosed loading bay at Business Park Stein 155 in Elsloo.
2) Start of the construction of the first silo park.
3 - 4) Installation of the first silos.
5) Completion of the enclosed loading bay, equipped with an automatic bag-cutting machine.
6) Acquisition of the property at Business Park Stein 410 in Elsloo.
1 - 2) Completion of the construction of the silo park and warehouse.
3) Handling of containers with imported material. These containers contain bagged goods that are loaded using the bag-cutting machine.
4 - 5) Bulk loading of bagged goods using the automatic bag-cutting machine.
6) New vacuum bulk trailer at the RAI exhibition.
1 - 2) Limpens introduces its new corporate identity.
3) The vehicle fleet in 2008. In the foreground, the new DAF CF.
4 - 5) Limpens begins offering the rental of silo trailers under the brand www.silo-rental.com
6) Business Park Stein 410 in Elsloo is expanded with 10 raw material silos.
1) Transportation to Southern Europe, both by road and multimodal.
2 - 3) New workshop with its own MOT lane.
4) ROMS Transport established, with Limpens holding a 33% stake.
5) Awarded "Carrier of the Year 2008" by Sabic.
1) 3 generations of Limpens on the road.
2) Elsloo covered in a thick layer of snow.
3) Commencement of transportation to destinations in Great Britain.
In Bottrop, the parking area is significantly expanded. From now on, container handling is also possible.
1) Completion of the secured parking area at Business Park 223 for both our own equipment and customers.
2) Vacuuming out a large silo in Maastricht.
3) Busy operations in the UK.
1) Even before the mandatory use of the new Euro 6 engine, Limpens conducted a survey among various truck brands, namely: DAF, MAN, Mercedes, Volvo. The different brands were compared on the basis of driving performance, fuel consumption, maintenance, user-friendliness and safety options.
2) In 2013 the first ADR vehicles will arrive in our company. Now we are also able to transport hazardous powder products.
3) In 2013 the tire control bench was put into operation. This enables the driver to measure tire pressure, tread depth and axle load within 1 minute.
1) In mid-2014, the first liquid trailers are introduced to our company. From now on, we are capable of transporting both hazardous and non-hazardous liquids.
2) The new low-loader is operational; it was entirely designed and constructed by Limpens' workshop.
3) The 3rd and 4th generations of the Limpens family.
1) In the year 2015, we celebrated our 85th anniversary in a grand manner.
The celebratory weekend in July was a tremendous success, with around 2500 people attending the open day.
2) Three generations of the Limpens family.
3) The vehicle fleet in 2015.
4) Commencement of ADR Bulk transport to the UK.
5) Cleaning operations at Limpens Maastricht.
1 / 2) Expansion of the silo park with 18 silos, each with a capacity of 308m3, and 10 silos, each with a capacity of 127m3.
3) Acquisition of a warehouse at Business Park Stein 163. This marks the start of our logistic activities, involving storage and transshipment of plastic granules in all their aspects.
4) Expansion of the cleaning facility in Elsloo to include 5 washing lanes.
1 - 2) The new warehouse with shuttle racks, providing space for 4000 pallets.
3 - 4) Fully automated FFS filling line for bulk to 25 kg bags.
5) Commencement of gas transport, specifically Butadiene.
1) The first foundation pile is driven into the ground for the new silo park.
2 / 3) The first 24 silos with a capacity of 440m3 each are installed.
4) Increasing emphasis on liquid transport.
1) Purchase of 8 Volvo LNG trucks. These trucks run on liquefied natural gas and have a 25% lower CO2 emission compared to conventional diesel trucks.
2 / 3) Using boats, 24 silos are transported to the port in Stein. From there, an impressive transport route through the heart of Stein to Elsloo follows.
3) Completion of the silo park with 48 silos, each with a capacity of 440m3.
4) Acquisition of tank transport operations from Noorloos. This marks a significant step in our growth ambition for transporting hazardous liquids.
5) Addition of 2 Scania trucks to the fleet.
1) Commencement of import operations from the USA.
2) Expansion of the liquid fleet with 10 trailers.
1) Start of the construction of our new warehouse. With a floor area of 5000m2, it will also feature a new office for the logistics department.
2) A number of liquid containers are introduced to our company.
3 - 4) Streets 1-2-3 of the cleaning facility undergo a facelift and new containment basins are added.
1) Transition of ownership to the 4th generation, with Jasper and Thijs now the new owners.
2) Introduction of the first DAF of the XG generation.
3 - 5) Completion of the 5000m2 warehouse, providing space for over 8000 pallets. It also houses our bag-cutting machine and various repackaging equipment.
6) At the entrance of our industrial site, we have established a parking area of 12,000 m2.