[Bell Historians] News from the Dutch foundries

Dickon Love dickon at lovesguide.com
Wed Feb 26 21:03:41 GMT 2014

The following press release that has come my way might be of interest to
readers on this list:


Dutch Royal Bell Foundries to join forces

As from May 1st 2014, Royal Eijsbouts from Asten and Royal Petit & Fritsen
from Aarle-Rixtel will join forces and head towards the future together.
This step was chosen as being the best answer to challenges both companies
are facing. In the case of Petit & Fritsen, a succession issue is imminent,
whereas Royal Eijsbouts has the ambition to further strengthen and extend
its position in international markets. This acquisition will meet both

In practice, this decision means that all operations of Petit & Fritsen in
Aarle-Rixtel will be moved entirely to the plant of Royal Eijsbouts in
Asten. Some employees will be offered an early retirement package, the
others will join Royal Eijsbouts.

The two companies are typical family-owned businesses and carry with them a
long and illustrious history. Both Petit & Fritsen (since 1660) and Royal
Eijsbouts (since 1872) attract customers from all around the world due to
the outstanding quality of their church bells and carillons. This will not
change as, even under the flag of Royal Eijsbouts, the Petit & Fritsen brand
will live on and its distinctive bells will remain available to customers
just as in the past.

The management of both companies are very pleased to have reached consensus
on this significant step that was carefully prepared in the past months.
Both are convinced this will contribute to further secure the eminent
position of the Netherlands in the world of cast bronze bells. 


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