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Dutch family owned business with Swedish DNA

Over the years, we have developed expertise in the fields of ship engine repairs, marine equipment and industrial filling & packaging systems. Take a look at our story!

Our history

1940 - 1980

The foundation

Nicoverken was founded in 1946 in the Swedish city of Göteborg by Mr. Carl-Olof Nilsson (see picture), abbreviated as 'Nico'. 'verken' is derived from the Swedish word for 'workshop/ factory'.

The post-war period meant there was a great demand for overseas shipment of goods. Nicoverken started with providing ship repairs by sending teams of engineers, welders and platers on board of ocean-going vessels to carry out all kinds of jobs to shorten the docking time. In its heyday Nicoverken owned 15 locations across the world counting 2.500 employees.

1980 - 2000

Crisis and reconstruction

Due to the worldwide economic crisis during the early eighties, Nicoverken's HQ in Göteborg went bankrupt. However, the Dutch location was acquired by Frans van Krugten together with his Swedish partner Kurt Theiland in 1983. In the years after the acquisition, Frans and Kurt managed to rebuild the company step by step.

2000 - present

Recent years

In the nineties, the supply and distribution of marine equipment was added to our service offer, as well as the introduction of our filling & packaging machines.
In 2004, we moved to a bigger location. Not much later we invested in our own machine factory, enabling us to not only offer engineers on ships, but also full-scale in-house maintenance and repair of engines and (spare) parts, sparking further growth in the oncoming years.

Erik and Jeroen van Krugten took the reigns in 2008. Nowadays, Nicoverken counts 40-45 employees. Our specialized team has the flexibility to guarantee fast and worldwide service to our clients. Nicoverken may be Dutch-owned, but Sweden will always be in our DNA.

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