History of Bakker & Co

Bakker & Co: a family business for nearly one hundred years

Bakker & Co is a longstanding Dutch family business with a history spanning nearly a century. Established in 1925 by two brothers in Scheveningen, the company initially focused on supplying drive couplings and steel wire rope. With resilience that endured crises and wars, Bakker & Co underwent a strategic split in 1953 to reposition itself. The segment associated with steel activities relocated to Rotterdam, while the drive, measurement, and pump activities continued under the Bakker & Co name in Voorburg.


From Unistaal to Bakker & Co

The Rotterdam-based entity underwent a name change to Unistaal, and in 1958, Bakker & Co relocated to Schiedamsedijk in industrial Rotterdam. In 1960, Wim Jongbloed, father of the current director/owner Jan-Willem Jongbloed, took over the reins of the Rotterdam companies from his uncle Jan Bakker. The company thrived, specializing in self-engineered and customised solutions for high-end industrial production, including steel, refining, chemicals, mechanical engineering, and meteorology.


In 1980, spurred by growth and expansion of maintenance services, the company moved to its current location in Zwijndrecht. Jan-Willem Jongbloed took on a guiding role in 1990, overseeing the company’s evolution. The market footprint expanded in 1994 with the establishment of a branch in Wilrijk-Antwerp, Belgium, while repair and maintenance services underwent significant enhancement in 1997.


Customised solutions

Approaching its centennial milestone, Bakker & Co stands as a modern and dynamic company. Self-engineered and customised solutions embody our commitment to integrating state-of-the-art technology seamlessly into current business models, enabling customers to produce without concerns. The enduring relationships between the Bakker & Co team and customers, as well as suppliers such as PfeiferDrako (steel wire rope) and RegalRexnord (drive couplings) since our foundation, serve as the bedrock for technical creativity and optimal solutions, guided by ever-evolving technical insights.