CMS has advised Okuma on the acquisition of Dutch tool-making company Gelderblom CNC Machines B.V. The current Gelderblom site in Houten, the Netherlands, with some 40 employees, will manage all of Okuma’s restructured sales and service processes in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Japan-based Okuma describes itself as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of CNC machine tools, CNC control units, automation technology and servo motors. The company has more than 3,000 employees worldwide. "The Benelux countries are one of our most important sales markets in Europe, so it is particularly important to be close to customer requirements there and to be able to respond directly with products and services," explains Takeshi Yamamoto, CEO Okuma Europe GmbH. "The new local focus of the sales and service structure makes this possible in an ideal way. Ultimately, we also wish to increase the success of our customers by optimising our pre- and after-sales services, true to our motto 'Open Possibilities'.”
CMS Cologne (lead partner Malte Bruhns, with associates Laura Christin Stein and Philipp Kunick) led the transaction, with all Dutch aspects being covered by CMS Amsterdam (Christian Delgado, Isabelle van den Hoogen, Bob van Zijl, Barbara Veldmaat, Nigel Henssen, Paulus van den Bos, Fieke van Berkel, Jenny Noordermeer, Laurens Pronk).