1937 Foundation of Jeveka (left) & 1940 Prinsengracht (right)
Founder Johannes (Joop) Veltkamp registered Jeveka under the name JEVEKA Technical Metal Products with the Chamber of Commerce on 1 June 1937. In those days, Joop Veltkamp still traded from his parents’ living room at Mariottestraat 4 in Amsterdam East.
After the depression in the 1930s, under the influence of rearmament, the economy started to recover and the living room became too small. Joop Veltkamp relocated his office and warehouse to a space that he hired at Prinsengracht 662 on 8 January 1940.
1943 Turning point
After 1943, conditions worsened because of the war. In an attempt to keep his head above water, Jeveka became a stove manufacturer. Veltkamp developed a range of waffle irons, hobs, ovens and stoves.
After the liberation, contacts with suppliers could be restored. The supply of a limited number of screws and nuts became possible again.
At the beginning of 1946, Joop Veltkamp became sole representative of the English Unbrako Socket Screw Co. Ltd. This meant that Jeveka obtained a promising range.
1949 Oranje Vrijstaatkade
In 1948, Joop Veltkamp decided to have a special building constructed for Jeveka at Oranje Vrijstaatkade 9, on the site of the former east gas plant in Amsterdam East. Jeveka relocated to this 800 m2 building in 1949.
In 1958, Jeveka became a distributor of the German company H. Bilz, manufacturer of counterbores and countersink drills. In the 1960s, the manufacture of tools formed an increasingly larger part of the turnover, partly because Jeveka also represented Fibro, a producer of components for tool making.
1962 Premises expansion
At the start of the 1960s the Oranje Vrijstaatkade premises were extended to 1,275 m2, because of the increased quantities of stock and number of employees. The catalogue also started to be issued from this year and was distributed among Jeveka business relations.
1972 Further expansion
1968 - 1973 was a time of upturn. Director Joop Veltkamp needed to expand again. A new warehouse was built on the left and on the other side an existing site was acquired.
1975 Death of founder Jeveka
Joop Veltkamp died on 29 March 1975, aged 63, following a brief illness. His sons Hans and Martin Veltkamp took over the management.
Hans and Martin make an early start on automation. In 1978, preparations started for the automation of Jeveka. The bookkeeping switched to the computer in mid-1979. Special software was written for IBM System 34 for the other processes.
1980 Introduction of computer system
On 1 January 1980, Jeveka switched to the new computer system, starting with 7 screens and expanding to 21 by 1987. After the economic crisis in the 1970s, there was a further upturn for Jeveka after 1980. The more efficient operations contributed to this.
1984 New-build warehouse
In 1984, a new warehouse was built and the entire building was given an extensive renovation and new layout. This resulted in a more efficient working method.
1988 Amsterdam South-East
To facilitate further growth, Hans and Martin Veltkamp decided to relocate the company. In 1988 a new building of 2,800 m2 was constructed in record time at Keienbergweg 8 in Amsterdam South-East, which was then still a sand zone in the middle of a developing business park on the edge of the city.
1990 Further automation
In the early 1990s, the internal and external sales service expanded. Product specialists were appointed and computers were increasingly used to coordinate activities.
2001 South-East expansion
In 2001, an expansion of over 1,500 m2 was realised, and both the purchasing department as well as the warehouse were given the necessary additional space.
2011 Adriaan and Stephanie Veltkamp
In 2011 the children of Hans Veltkamp, Adriaan and Stephanie Veltkamp, took over the management of Jeveka. Both had already been working for several years within the company. Hans remains involved with the company as adviser.
2014 Almere Poort
In 2013, Stephanie and Adriaan decided to relocate the company to Almere Poort. There, an entirely new 5,500 m2-building was constructed with possibilities for expansion. The new building at Platinaweg 4 was constructed in accordance with the latest insights. Of course, there are charging points, solar panels on the roof and there is a heat pump.
2018 Focus on added values
Stability and quality have been the common thread for Jeveka in recent years. Now the focus is on added values: logistical unburdening, engineering, customization and development of our own employees to make this possible. And links with systems from customers and suppliers to ensure that Jeveka as a wholesaler can monitor the center of the chain.
As an important pillar of logistics unburdening, SmartBin, a fully automated logistics system, is introduced in 2018. Scales with sensors that give a signal at a preset stock level, send a signal to Jeveka when the stock needs to be replenished. An order is automatically created for the stock to be replenished. With the arrival of SmartBin, Jeveka continues to grow in the areas of engineering, supply chain consultancy and logistics.
Jeveka continues to move with industry and society. There are great plans for the future. We are always searching for the best and most appropriate connections.