Corrotherm in The Netherlands
An important change came to Corrotherm in 2018 when the Group decided to set up a branch in The Netherlands. “By this date, our UK facility had actually become too small to fulfi ll all our needs and we were looking for more storage space. The Dutch offi ce provided us with an ideal situation to serve the European market, whilst at the same time it also provided a basis to support our other overseas offices in India, the Middle East, and Australia. The offi ce perfectly fitted our strategy to serve our customers around the world but also by providing them with additional local expertise. We see this as a crucial factor in our business policy – to stay ‘close’ to our customers and in this way understand their needs so that we can serve them better. In many ways the facility has brought our stock closer to our customers. Moreover, we now have a complete range of nickel and nickel alloy pipes and tubes and their accompanying fi ttings and fl anges available in both our UK and Dutch locations.”
The Dutch office has taken off very rapidly. Beginning with a modest two staff members in 2018, the offi ce has quickly expanded. Today it houses eight staff, and the company is currently looking to further increase the team during the present year.
Starting out with just a few nickel alloys and relatively few sizes of pipes, tubes, fittings, and flanges in 2018, the company has rapidly increased the number of available products. Today their stock range includes Nickel 200, Monel 400, Inconel 600, Inconel 625, Inconel C276, Incoloy 825, and Alloy 20. For Alloy 20, Corrotherm is the major stockist in Europe. The company also supplies all the flanges and fittings that may be needed to accompany each of these alloys as well.
Martijn Verstappen takes up the story; “Anno 2021, we can safely say that we are one of the most comprehensive stockists in Europe for all these grades. Moreover, we specialize in providing complete packages for our customers, which may include anything from pipes, fittings and flanges to plates and bars. This is not something new to us since we have been doing this since our inception. We have always had excellent relationships with all the reputable nickel alloy suppliers/mills and over the years have developed strong arrangements with them. These have helped us to considerably increase our product range. As such, we service our customers by removing the need for them to have to deal with multiple suppliers in their quest to find the specialist materials they need.” Corrotherm easily does this for them, which not only saves their customers time but also money. “Since 2019 we also supply ‘odd ball’ alloys as well that might be rarely called upon – things like piping in 1¼ inch double extra strong Inconel 601. As such, we have moved even more into the realm of supplying truly specialist alloys and sizes,” says Martijn.
Brexit and onwards
“Obviously, having offices in the United Kingdom and now in The Netherlands has helped us considerably during and after Brexit, particularly regarding intercontinental shipments. We have learned very quickly from the arising situations, putting the accumulated knowledge to immediate effect. For example, when customizing our client’s paperwork and documentation to fit exactly the necessary requirements for import and export regulations. In this way, our offices in the United Kingdom and on the European Continent remain very flexible in finding the best possible solutions for our clients and to avoid any delays to transportation and hence delivery times. Additionally, it is an advantage now that with a complete range of stocks in The Netherlands we are no longer dependent on supplies in the United Kingdom to service our customers.