World market leader Van Raam
Piet Boezel took over Van Raam in the 1980s. At the time, Van Raam only made bicycle frames. Under his leadership, Van Raam specialised in the design and production of special needs bikes for people with disabilities. This after a friend suffered a stroke and could no longer cycle on a regular bicycle. In 2001, Marjolein, Jan-Willem and Ronald took over the company from their father (in law). Since then, the Van Raam bicycles have travelled all over the world.
Marjolein tells ABN AMRO: "At first, we sold 75 per cent of our bicycles in our own country and the rest abroad. But that's changed a lot in recent years. The distribution is now 60 per cent abroad and 40 per cent in the Netherlands."