The history of IHC Winches


Kracht Hydrauliek founded by Mr J. Beckeringh in Rotterdam


Kracht Hydrauliek relocates to Numansdorp


1 January: Schwelm & Towler Hydraulics Netherlands sales office opens


26 November: Hydrowega Holland BV appointed as representative of Schwelm & Towler and Brauer

1974 & 1975

Hydrowega receives first large orders from IHC


Hydrowega builds aggregates for CO1120 – CO1123 Location Drimmelen


28 November: Location Oosterhout inaugurated
Hydrowega begins building winches


 In cooperation with Van der Sluijs & Kampers Hydrowega, a partnership is established under the name of Doseq (Dutch Oil Spill Equipment)

1981 / 1982

Hydrowega designs the Crawl Cat


Hydromeer is established as a full subsidiary of Hydrowega Holland B.V. and becomes licensee of the Crawl Cat


Kracht Hydrauliek is renamed Hytop


Hydrowega becomes part of IHC Holland


The activities of Doseq are discontinued


Hytop becomes part of IHC and integrates with Hydrowega. They continue together under the name Hytop


Hytop (formerly Kracht Hydrauliek) relocates from Numansdorp to Sliedrecht


Hytop is renamed IHC Hytop B.V.


The explosive growth in the market for winch systems begins. For more information, please consult our online references


24 March: inauguration IHC Winches
Link the  IHC Winches article from P&D


When modern dredging was born, IHC Merwede was there. If we look back to the mid-sixteenth century, large parts of the Netherlands were submerged, which created large mud flats. The Dutch had resigned themselves to their destiny for a long time, but things were beginning to change. The first steps were being taken to control the water as plentiful amounts of manpower came in from the flooded areas. These men knew how to deal with water and mud, and they had practical experience with water currents. They created the Dutch polders, and laid the foundations for dredging as we know it today.

At the end of the nineteenth century, industrialization gave dredging and shipbuilding a new impulse and the first steam bucket dredgers and hopper dredgers appeared on the scene.

The development of the New Waterway (1872) and the Barrier Dam (1927-1932) are prime examples of the inventiveness and experience possessed by Dutch mechanical and hydraulic engineers. These two enormous projects won the Netherlands the highest international regard for expertise in shipbuilding and dredging.

A rich history

During the Second World War, a number of yards decided to join forces. They included Werf Gusto in Schiedam, Verschure in Amsterdam, Werf Conrad in Haarlem, L. Smit & Zn. in Kinderdijk, J. & K. Smit in Kinderdijk and De Klop in Sliedrecht. The combined yards focused primarily on the joint sale of dredging equipment. All the companies involved retained their independence.

This partnership between the yards was so successful that in 1965, it resulted in the founding of the Industriële Handels Combinatie Holland NV. Soon thereafter, shares were floated. Kinderdijk became the headquarters of IHC Holland, providing jobs for about 6,500 people at the time.

When the worldwide recession hit the shipbuilding industry in the 1970s, all the Dutch shipyards had to weather stormy times. IHC Holland was broken up and the offshore activities moved abroad under the name IHC Caland, while the shipbuilding activities remained in the Netherlands under the flag of IHC Holland.

Later, in 1987, IHC Caland regained ownership of IHC Holland and it acquired De Merwede in 1993. De Merwede had been founded in 1902 when Christiaan van Vliet, who had already managed two shipyards, got together with his neighbor Paulus Langeveld to establish ‘Langeveld & Van Vliet - scheepswerf De Merwede’. De Merwede had by then become a major shipyard, with the most varied ships coming off the slipway. In 1996, IHC Caland also bought the Van der Giessen-de Noord yard, which was later shut down, but then recommissioned in 2006.

The technology innovator

In 2005, IHC Holland and De Merwede merged and IHC Holland Merwede BV became a reality. IHC Holland Merwede did well as an independent company and eventually, the new organization adopted the name IHC Merwede. We now have an organization that, over the course of its history, has become a leading international market player with branches throughout the world. Technological innovation is, and will remain, the company's underlying strength: IHC Merwede, the technology innovator.

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