Pladdet throws the doors open to customers and friendsPublished 28/6 at 15:56
On 24 and 25 May, Pladdet the Netherlands based attachment specialist and accomplished excavator modifier, held ‘Open Days’ for customers, friends and family members alike at its headquarters cum factory in Biervliet, south west Holland. Filled with various activities for both adults and children, the two day event exceeded all expectations. Andrei Bushmarin reports.
On the unseasonably cool last days of May, Pladdet threw open the doors of its newly expanded facility in Biervliet to welcome some 5,000 visitors from all over the globe. In terms of numbers, Europeans dominated the crowd, but guests from South Korea, India and the USA attended the ‘Open Days’. It was not the first event of this kind organized by the Dutch manufacturer, and going on previous experience the company expected only about 3,000 visitors to turn up. Pladdet’s co-owner and managing director Jonathan de Putter said: “I am more than satisfied with the visitor turnout. This is a record number for us, and we are very happy that more and more people are willing to come to our factory to get to know Pladdet. The main purpose of the ‘Open Days’ is to give our dealers and their customers a first-hand impression about our range and manufacturing capabilities.”
The attendees were indeed given an inside look into Pladdet’s working routine: they could watch how a 3D drawing of an attachment is created, how the welding of a bucket is done, or how a milling machine works. Outside, with a little help from Pladdet’s staff, they could try their hand in operating an excavator or a compact loader. As a matter of fact, the ‘Open Days’ were also a ‘celebration in retrospect’ of the company’s 75th anniversary, which officially happened last year. Pladdet, however, was too busy extending its Biervliet facilities to celebrate back then, so festivities had to be put off until this year.