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Product in the spotlight: Ambiente Area Illumination

The use of clear, white light on both the forecourt and car park and under the canopy of a fuel station ensures that drivers feel safe and at ease. Bever Innovations is homing in on this by means of such products as the Ambiente area luminaries, which combine the best characteristics of the Luci Series LED Under Canopy luminaries (perfect light levels, high quality, considerable energy savings) with an aesthetically appealing design.

 

 

Securing the luminaries to your posts or lamp posts is straightforward and they have a cast aluminum housing that guarantees optimum waterproofing. Their lifespan of over 70,000 burning hours means you will no longer have to worry about your site lighting.

The key benefits of Ambiente Area Illumination:

  • Variety of lamps
    Ambiente area lighting comes in a variety of luminaires. What’s more, users can choose from 20, 25 or 40 LEDs, in colour temperatures of 4000 or 5700 Kelvin, thus providing a perfect lighting solution for any spot on your site.
  • Optimum protection
    The Ambiente uses advanced LED technologies. If the temperature of the LEDs on the circuit board exceeds 80˚C, the LIPS (Luminary Intelligent Protection System) will automatically be activated, for instance. The LIPS will ensure that the site lighting is automatically dimmed. Thus providing optimum protection for the luminary without making concessions in terms of the stated lifespan. What’s more, every segment of the circuit board is continuously checked for voltage spikes, short circuits and temperature breaches. In addition, the luminaries feature a Light Normalizer that continuously measures reductions in light output and, if necessary, automatically compensates for them.

Distinguishing features of Ambiente area lighting:

  • Part of a stand-alone, wireless lighting network
    Ambiente area lighting is fitted with EOS technology as standard. Developed by Bever Innovations, this technology encompasses a control circuit board and an antenna which are incorporated into the lighting fixtures in a smart, discreet way so as not to be visible. The fixtures can subsequently be connected up on-site plug and play-style, with any existing infrastructure being preserved to the maximum extent possible. Following installation, the LED luminaries will automatically constitute a stand-alone wireless network. They not only relay information to each other 24/7 but also communicate to other Bever products on-site. Although the Ambiente luminaries do not have their own motion and daylight sensors, thanks to the EOS network they are capable of using measurement data from the other LED products. Moreover, it is possible to connect up separate daylight and motion sensors to the luminaries.

Network completeness
Analysing the saved data from the luminaries gives rise to possibilities in terms of network completeness and 100% predictive maintenance. For instance, the data renders current energy consumption levels transparent. Furthermore, fuel station operators can easily see how much they have saved by switching to Luci Series Ambiente area illumination.

Do you have questions about this product, or would you like to talk to our sales department? Contact us!

Safely filling up your car at any time; day or night

Offering customers a safe filling environment after dark requires good lighting. The Luci Series LED fixtures are the perfect solution. The focus during development was on long service life, high colour fidelity, and uniform lighting, enabling customers to see people, cars, pumps, and other objects in near-daylight conditions 24/7. This increases the sense of safety considerably while reducing energy consumption to a minimum – thanks to intelligent dimming options.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conventiontional lighting at petrol stations usually lasts two to three years, claims Hugo Jongebreur, Commercial Director for the BeNeLux in the Fuel division at Bever Innovations. “The technical service often has its hands full putting up and taking down scaffolding, installing ladders and replacing fixtures. But despite these efforts, they’re fighting a losing battle. It often takes a few weeks before defective fixtures are identified. All that time, customers have to deal with poorly lit price displays at the pump and dark corners that negatively affect their sense of safety. Bever LED lighting puts an end to all this.”

Bright white light
“What makes our LED lighting so distinct are its long service life, high colour fidelity, uniform lighting, and optimum adjustability,” explains Jongebreur. “The lighting easily lasts 18 years. And because the light is much whiter and brighter than conventional lighting (5,700 Kelvin rather than 3,000 Kelvin), people, cars, pumps, and other objects can be seen in daylight conditions at all times. Poorly lit price displays and dark corners are no longer an issue, making customers feel safer and more welcome.”

Intelligent dimming
Whereas conventional lighting is on full power 12 hours a day, Bever’s LED lighting automatically dims to a third of lighting capacity in the absence of customers. This is particularly helpful when there is minimal activity at the station, primarily between midnight and 6 am. Jongebreur adds, “As soon as motion is detected, the fixtures switch on automatically and gradually intensify to a certain level of lighting. This enables safe, comfortable refuelling after dark with minimal energy consumption.”

 

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Optimal sense of safety
All LED fixtures are automatically incorporated into a wireless network. “The fixtures relay information to each other 24/7, without an Internet connection being required. The EOS Manager app on a smartphone or tablet enables fuel station managers to view the status of their fixtures, as well as energy consumption and any faults, in order to adjust the light intensity of the fixtures and/or activate or deactivate daylight sensors and motion sensors. This can be done individually or in groups. And both on location or remotely. Should a fixture become defective, this can be seen directly in the EOS Manager app, so that action can be taken to remedy the problem. This ensures an optimal sense of safety.” But earlier signals are also rendered visible. “The operating temperatures of all critical fixture parts are monitored 24/7,” says Jongebreur. “If the temperatures rise above a critical limit, this is communicated directly in the EOS Manager app, thus enabling predictive maintenance and guaranteeing visibility and safety at the petrol stations at all times.
This is highly appreciated not only by customers but also by petrol station managers.”

Meet Bart Engels: International Business Development Manager

‘I love technology and one of the things I most enjoy is connecting our clients with innovations that can enhance their business’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I first began working in the lighting industry 15 years ago, with a company called Lighting Partner, which was later acquired by US company Lighting Science Group in 2008. Much of my work involved store and office lighting and I had the opportunity to work on some really creative aesthetic projects. I was at the company for eight years and during that period LED started to emerge as a functional lighting solution. We started to replace halogen and incandescent lighting with LEDs and this came with its own set of challenges. LED took off really quickly and it was exciting to be a part of the change.

My first foray into the fuel station industry came when we were asked by BP to come up with a canopy lighting solution for their fuel stations. From this, we also secured contracts with a number of smaller retailers in the Netherlands. Lighting Science Group eventually pulled out of the Netherlands to focus its efforts in the US. I, along with one of my colleagues, contacted Bever Innovations about some stock we had remaining and this conversation led to them offering us both a job. I finished working for Lighting Science on Friday and started my role with Bever Innovations the following Monday.

At Bever Innovations
“There is so much more to lighting than turning it on and off. I like to work with clients to explore innovative ways to use lighting more effectively.”

Our EOS technology, which allows customers to monitor and manage multiple sites remotely via the cloud, is huge for Bever Innovations at the moment and has been driven by customer demand. We are also witnessing greater demand in lighting for aesthetic purposes. My background in-store lighting has helped me to advise clients on innovative lighting techniques, that not only looks great, but can help drive product sales.

With the rise of electric vehicles, meaning customers are spending more time on-site, there is now a greater opportunity for LED screens. Our totem-based LED screen not only displays fuel prices but it can also be used to show promotions and offers to drive in-store sales.

My role at Bever Innovations also involves finding opportunities in new markets. We already supply products to over 100 countries to clients including Shell, BP, Q8, and Total. There are however still areas of opportunity especially in the Middle East, which we see as a really exciting area for growth in the coming years.

In this industry, no two markets are the same and each has its own unique set of requirements. Innovation is in our name and as a company, we are big enough that customers can feel confident in our ability to deliver, but small enough to remain flexible and to be able to quickly respond to the unique needs of our markets.

> If you would like to contact Bart Engels, click here.

Marnick Blom, Account Manager at Bever Innovations’ Fuel division

‘I really enjoy visiting customers, seeing their projects and building long-term customer relationships with them’

The petrol retail market is somewhat divided in 2020. Around 80% of fuel stations in the Netherlands and Belgium have now (wholly or partly) replaced their conventional luminaries with energy-saving, effective LED lighting. In this regard, long-term relationships have been forged with installation engineers as well as with suppliers, including with Bever Innovations. We have been active in the petrol retail market since as far back as 2009 and have now built a loyal customer base encompassing such firms as Shell, BP, Q8 and Total, as well as a wide array of smaller players.

Portait Marninck Blom

Petrol station lighting to the next level

As an account manager, I am the pivotal figure between our customers and the internal organisation. Together with my team, I am responsible for building, maintaining and continuing to expand customer relationships in the Netherlands and Belgium. I am on the road virtually every day, selling individual products and/or complete projects. What’s more, I actively contribute my ideas to ensure that the lighting and related products are taken to the next level at our customers’ places of business. In that regard, we not only focus on numbers of luminaries and lux levels but increasingly also on intelligent controls, management and maintenance, preventing light pollution and boosting (or continuing to boost) customer satisfaction—things our existing technologies enable us to home in on optimally. For example, by integrating the Bever Cubiq, Ambiente and Luci Series LED luminaries, Bever pricing displays and Bever InMo outdoor LED screens into a single network and managing them as such. Though also through meticulous data analysis, with the status of the Bever (lighting) products, the energy consumption, any faults and/or the information on the pricing displays being rendered transparent 24/7. Thus creating opportunities for 100% predictive maintenance as well as further enhancing both the visibility and safety at the fuel stations. This is highly appreciated not only by customers refuelling their vehicles but also by fuel station managers.

Building long-term customer relationships

I’ve been working at Bever Innovations since 2012. I studied Commercial Economics at what was then called Hogeschool Zeeland in Vlissingen. I subsequently worked for DHL for a year, where I was engaged in telephone acquisition. Instead of hard-selling, I’m now involved in soft-selling activities, which is much more my style. I really enjoy visiting customers, seeing their projects and building long-term customer relationships with them. My ambition for the next few years is to see to it in conjunction with the rest of the team that Bever Innovations becomes and remains the number one party in the Netherlands and Belgium when it comes to LED products. Quite a challenge, and one I really enjoy devoting my time to each and every day.

The Nordic region: early-adaptors with drive for innovation

Since 2003 Jyrki Löf has been active in the Scandinavian retail fuel business focusing specifically on the LED lighting and price sign sector. Currently, he is Business Development Director at Bever Innovations, operating across Scandinavia, Baltics and Poland markets. In his own words, Jyrki talked about what he finds so fascinating about the geographical markets he works in.

 

 

 

 

In Northern Europe we love technology. As consumers, Scandinavians generally are early adopters, with the Nordics boasting the highest internet and mobile phone penetration in Europe. As creators, the Nordic countries were at the epicentre of the mobile telephone boom in the nineties courtesy of Finland’s Nokia and Sweden´s Ericsson and to this day the Nordics region is home to tech giants including music streaming service Spotify, elevators and escalators KONE, audio distribution platform SoundCloud, Mobile Game developer Supercell, payment solutions provider Klarna, and Angry Birds developer, Rovio Entertainment amongst many others.

It comes as little surprise that this drive for innovation has translated into other industries, including fuel retail. The popularity of unmanned sites in the Nordic and Baltic states meant that when I first started working in the industry with FLS Finland, almost 20 years ago, automatic price change was already standard in the region. It was several years before this spread to other parts of Europe.

Today, technological developments have made it even easier for the region’s tech-orientated customers to run and maintain unmanned sites remotely. In my role as Business Development Director for Bever Innovations, covering Scandinavia, Baltics and Poland I am proud, as a self-professed tech lover, to be able to introduce our clients to the very latest in lighting technology. Our smart ‘EOS Technology’ connects all devices on a forecourt in a wireless network. This technology is integrated into Bever’s LED products and it can also be added to any other device in the network, which means site operators can manage their devices, equipment and processes on the forecourt using one simple application. The benefits include saving energy, improving safety and predicting maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

Reducing carbon emissions

This early-adopter approach has seen the region become a world leader when it comes to electric vehicles. Electric cars accounted for a 44.3% share of Norway’s new car sales in January, according to data from the Norwegian Road Federation, as the country seeks to phase out the sale of combustion engines by 2025.

The Nordic region is keen to set an example to the rest of the world when it comes to taking action on climate change and as such our customers in the region want to know what we are doing to support this. Over the last 10 years we have reduced over 590.000 TCO2 with the energy saving benefits of our LED lighting. Our LED Under Canopy Illumination ‘Luci Series’ features multiple sensors that adapt the lighting to suit the conditions on the forecourt. Motion and daylight sensors ensure lighting is only on when it is required, meaning energy consumption is kept as low as possible without compromising on safety. In a region that features unmanned sites in remote locations this can present a safety issue so it is essential that customers feel safe and welcomed on to the forecourt. Once the forecourt is empty the lights are dimmed to conserve energy – which is particularly important during the long hours of darkness experienced in the region during the winter months.

And it’s not just the carbon emissions when the lights are onsite, customers are interested to know about what happens to the lights before they receive them. As a company it is always in our minds and in 2009, the European Commission officially recognised Bever Innovations as a ‘GreenLight Endorser‘ for its efforts in the field of energy-efficient lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

Facing the elements

The Nordic and Baltic regions are renowned for their icy winter weather and it is important to ensure our products can withstand the elements. Our lighting works well in all conditions, including extreme colds and looks great against a snowy backdrop.

The reduction of carbon emissions is important but the main thing our customers want to be assured of is the quality of the product. This is particularly important in Northern Europe where labour costs are high should anything go wrong. We have a real focus on quality and with products in over 100 countries around the globe we have developed a reputation as a manufacturer of high quality lighting and LED price sign solutions. This is taken even further with the predictive maintenance feature of the EOS Technology, which allows maintenance to be planned before failure occurs – reducing down time and optimising the performance of the site.

As technology continues to evolve we are continually working with our customers to find out what it is they need next. It is a never-ending process.
Innovation is in our name and we will continue to strive to bring something new to the industry and be at the forefront of technological developments.

 

Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2020!

On behalf of the entire Bever Innovations team, we would like to thank you for working with us over the last year.

 

Reducing CO₂ Emissions

We feel strongly that we must all take responsibility for our share in the effort to reduce carbon emission. Over the last 10 years we have reduced over 590.000 tCO₂ with the energy saving benefits of our LED lighting. With all the good progress made in reducing our CO₂ emissions, now is the time to offset the carbon emissions even further.

 

Trees for all

We support the vital work of Trees For All, a non-profit CBF-certified foundation investing in our planet’s future and quality of life. Restoring forests and planting trees or offsetting carbon emissions, Trees For All make positive climate contributions across the world.

 

For more information about the work of
Trees For All visit https://treesforall.nl/en/

 

 

Team Bever Innovations

Anja Kraan, Joint Team Leader of Bever Innovations’ Customer Service department:

‘The diversity and international character make my role varied, exciting and challenging’

The Customer Service department of Bever Innovations’ Fuel division supports sales partners abroad when it comes to issuing quotes, putting through orders and responding to all kinds of sales queries. What’s more, we are the pivot between the various internal departments, such as Sales, Logistics, Planning and Aftersales.

Custom light plans

If need be, we draw up the LED lighting plans. For canopy and/or area lighting, for instance, which entails us factoring in not only the wishes and requirements of the fuel station operator/oil company but also the local legislation and regulations. All lighting plans are imported into our DIALux lighting software from AutoCAD, whereupon we use a virtual simulation to render the light plan readily comprehensible to our sales partner as well as to the fuel station operator.

Once the project has been awarded to us, we keep in close contact with our Planning and Logistics departments to guarantee that all orders are delivered in full and on time. We perform the same work for the Horticulture and Industrial divisions, albeit for our Dutch sales partners in these cases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro-active feedback and optimisation

The work in the Customer Service department is varied, but that’s precisely what makes this role so enjoyable! Particularly in combination with the international character. Though I started out as a secretary to the directorate, I quickly switched to sales support for businesses operating worldwide. I joined Bever Innovations a decade ago. First as sales and support staff, but last year I became joint team leader. My role puts me right at the level of our internal challenges, as well as the effect of these on our sales partners. By feeding this back proactively and clearly and by continuously testing optimisations in practice, I work with my colleagues to try and provide an even better service to our partners.

Social values

My role sees me in touch with a wide array of (international) companies from such places as Germany, France, South America and Africa, all of which have their own character, way of communicating, customer strategy and documentation method. That keeps my role varied, exciting and challenging. Furthermore, I’m able to do my bit towards the development and sale of sustainable lighting products, which are contributing to fostering a better environment. That’s something I’m extremely proud of.
And I think it’s especially great that the production and assembly of our LED products are done at two sheltered workshops in Vlissingen and Terneuzen, where people with difficulties accessing the labour market are given an opportunity to acquire experience and be a fully fledged part of society.

‘Mexico is a vibrant and young economy, packed with chances and challenges’

An article on the Mexican market by Carlos Oliveira, Sales Director, Iberica and South-America, Bever Innovations.

‘Quick response times from our design, technical and production teams, adapting swiftly to the local specific requirements, have proved to be our biggest asset when servicing client inquiries’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local representatives
Bever Innovations started approaching the market in Mexico back in mid-2015 and we had our first significant contract in early 2016. Since that time, we have developed numerous relationships with several major clients, especially on the price sign business. Lighting is a tougher challenge, but even still this is also developing steadily, particularly on the accent lighting products. We have a local partner with offices across several states that are fully certified as Bever Innovations representatives, but we also have trained several other local companies around the country to provide maintenance services, to assure the final client requirements.

**  Read the complete article here  **

Visit us at Dutch tradeshow ‘Tankstation Vakbeurs’ 2019

Tankstation Vakbeurs, the largest trade event for the petrol retail industry in the Netherlands and Belgium, will take place on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 November in Houten, NL.
For two days, Expo Houten is completely devoted to fuel, car wash and convenience.

Come and visit our stand
Hereby we invite you to visit our stand to get acquainted with our latest technology and innovations in the field of dynamic LED screens, LED canopy lighting and LED price displays.

Free entrance
Tickets for TVB19 can be ordered for FREE, and will give you access to both exhibition days.
After registration you will receive your personal admission ticket.

We look forward to seeing you on 6 and 7 November!

Efficient office design that inspires

New office, brand new interior
The growth over the past few years and the desire to move to a bigger, modern office building prompted the management of Bever Innovations to decide to leave their old premises and design a modern headquarters. Project manager and expert in business furnishing, Weststrate took on the task of designing this new building’s interior.

Modern and contemporary design
As a modern company that sells innovative products, Bever is keen to exude, including through the design of its premises. Hence the project design had to be modern, fresh and contemporary.
Staff cooperates closely at Bever Innovations, so sufficient space for this needed to be factored into the project design. Moreover, our employees’ health is tremendously important to us. It was down to Weststrate to take this into consideration in the brand-new project design.

Way of working
Weststrate teamed up with interior designer Berith Keiser to chart all of Bever Innovations’ wishes. Frequently liaising with Bever and various suppliers enabled swift, transparent scoping of the project.

Result
Upon arrival in the spacious entrance hall and bustling hub, visitors are greeted by two wonderful armchairs. If the armchairs are occupied, visitors are able to wait at the bespoke counter designed by Berith Keiser. Right behind the hall, staff will find the canteen featuring doors that open out onto the garden. The canteen’s design is informal, with a variety of seating options. The modern kitchen and pantry are created by Meesters in Hout, feature deluxe appliances.

Adjustable workplace
All workplaces within the building are the same and satisfy the stringent requirements that employer and employees set when it comes to ‘working’. The height of the ample worktops can be adjusted electrically. Thus enabling staff to choose to work standing or sitting at their desk.

Between the workplaces, beautiful wooden cabinets lend the office space an atmosphere of warmth. The cabinets also make it possible to operate a ‘clean desk’ policy, with staff storing their things in them at the end of the day. For relaxation during the office-breaks, staff can play table football or billiards on the mezzanine.

Recycled bottles
The directors’ offices feature some ‘Feltstoelen’. These are extremely unique chairs because they are made of recycled plastic bottles. One way in which Bever Innovations is doing its bit to clean up the planet.  Just like the workplaces, all smaller meeting rooms feature sit/stand desks with matching stools and presentation facilities. The large boardroom can hold up to 16 people for a meeting.
The unique view of the ‘Zeelandbrug’  bridge combined with the luxurious conference chairs makes a meeting in this space a veritable delight.

 

Meet Marcel Steine: R&D Engineer at Bever Innovations

‘Connectivity is becoming increasingly important, and we’re fully focused on it’

Connectivity is becoming more and more commonplace in the market. The number of smart homes in which the lighting, thermostats, smoke alarms and camera systems can be accessed and managed remotely and smartly is skyrocketing. A development that is also evident in our (lighting) products. Such as in the price displays and canopy lighting, of which the accessibility and possibilities are growing rapidly. A connection to our EOS network functionality enables fuel station managers to view the status of their (lighting) products as well as energy consumption and any faults 24/7. Remotely too, thus offering considerable benefits for in excess of 2,000 unmanned fuel stations in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the wireless EOS platform presents opportunities for predictive maintenance, enabling significant savings on the costs of service and maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been working at Bever Innovations for five years now. Together with the other R&D engineers, I’m fully dedicated to improving our existing products and to the development of new products and functionality. Mainly based on customers’ wishes, which we observe on location or have highlighted to us by our sales and back office colleagues. In this regard, my focus is particularly on the software required to ensure the products function properly. From the control software to the mobile applications. Right from the outset, I’m involved in the development of the EOS network functionality, which not only interconnects our products but also enables smart connections to the Internet, customers’ mobile devices as well as third-party systems. I also contribute to the development of new price displays for the Fuel division. In line with the latest standards, with us focusing on more straightforward production, swifter integration of customers’ wishes and more robust housing. Thus ensuring the display continues to work optimally in all extreme (weather) conditions.

Another interesting thing is the developments within Bever Innovations’ Horticulture division—a relatively new division focusing on mobile, flexible and plug-and-play cultivation carts for plant-growing, featuring smart integration of the lighting. Besides a more robust finish—which enables the cultivation carts to be assembled and dismantled quickly and easily and to be used in extreme conditions—within this division we’re focusing on connectivity. An app on a smartphone or tablet makes it easy to do such things as switch the lights on the plant trays on and off, as well as (pre)program switching-on and switching-off times and adjust light intensities. Entirely in accordance with the (cycle) needs of the plants, thereby ensuring an optimum climate for growth and minimal energy consumption.

The developments for existing and new products are invariably worked on in project teams. As a project manager I’m responsible for fine-tuning the work within the multidisciplinary teams, monitoring planning and achieving the objectives set. I studied at Eindhoven University of Technology. Following my BSc in Computer Science & Engineering, I studied an MSc in Embedded Systems, in which my focus was on software control of various integrated systems. I subsequently studied for a PhD, which saw me predominantly working on the quality of wireless sensor networks and amassing, processing, analysing and visualising data. A basic precursor to my work at Bever Innovations. Hence the experience I acquired during my studies comes in really handy here!

Bever Innovations moves into sustainable new headquarters

On the 1st of June, the Fuel, Industrial and Horti divisions of Bever Innovations will be moving into their new shared and highly sustainable building on Techniekweg in Zierikzee. The 2,551 m² new head office is all-electric and largely self-sufficient. Electric air heaters, heat pumps and intelligent LED lighting guarantee optimum comfort at work, while open, transparent office spaces will ensure that staff are able to communicate more quickly and effectively, as well as fostering creativity.

The new head office is divided into two sections. The entrance hall will be the bustling hub. In addition to a waiting area and reception, there will be a small showroom and canteen for staff here. The offices are situated to the right of the entrance, while the section on the left is reserved for shipping, workshops and the warehouse. “The eye-catcher in the entrance area is the large staircase leading to the second floor,” explains Jacco de Ronde, one of the four directors of Bever Innovations and responsible for the completion of the new headquarters. “The space here will primarily be devoted to open-plan offices, as well as consulting rooms and meeting rooms where staff can enjoy some peace and quiet.”

Efficient flow
The open workplaces will ensure that staff and departments can communicate more quickly and more often and will enable a more efficient flow of orders and business processes. “We’ve deliberately opted to minimise the use of discrete office rooms and corridor functions,” says De Ronde. “General functions such as coffee machines, printers and toilets are centrally located, reducing walking about and ensuring greater calm in the departments. Strategically placed cabinet walls provide the necessary degree of security and privacy, while also enabling flexible layouts in the future, without the need for renovation work.”

Modern look & feel
A traditional structure was chosen for the new headquarters. The shell of the building is made of concrete and sand-lime brick and is supported by a steel structure. Light aluminium façade panels were then added, which give the building a modern, industrial look. An extension made of dark-coloured masonry is a playful finishing touch. Hollow-core slabs were chosen for the floor. “The structure will keep noise nuisance to a minimum,” says De Ronde. “This is a tremendous improvement over our old building, which creaked and squeaked in hard wind. We wanted to avoid this at all costs in the new building. What’s more, the materials chosen will make it possible to create a healthy, pleasant indoor climate.”

Sustainable energy generation
Roof-mounted solar panels will generate sustainable energy, he adds. “All rooms in the building are electrically heated, cooled and ventilated. An all-electric heat pump will ensure sustainable cooling and heating in any season.” Naturally, the entire building is fitted with smart LED lighting from Bever Innovations in various optics. Thanks to the wireless Bever EOS network technology, these fixtures can be easily managed and controlled and energy consumption is minimised.

Our new address:
From the 1st of June we are located at:
Techniekweg 2, 4301RT
Zierikzee, The Netherlands

Meet Marc Meulenberg: Bever Innovations’ Operations Director

‘Smart, lean and customer-oriented, with a heavy dose of fun’

I’m actually odd man out at Bever Innovations. I’m one of the few people without a technical background, you see. Instead, I was born, bred and trained in fruit and veg at the market. My father always had his own business, and I was spoon-fed entrepreneurial spirit. From a young age, I knew that not only product quality but also good service and excellent logistics were indispensable for optimum customer experience, whatever market you’re serving. So it won’t be surprising to hear that that’s what I’m fully focused on here at Bever Innovations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From sales activities and drawing up lighting plans, preparing quotes and orders, to purchasing, production, logistics and customer service, I chart movements, actions and challenges with a view to making our processes quicker, cheaper and more efficient. In such a way that the quality of our products and services are guaranteed at all times. What process and production steps can we merge? And what actions can be stripped from the process? Are there any opportunities for further automation? And how can we guarantee rapid delivery times even if stock is limited? Extremely challenging issues, because Bever Innovations not only is a producer and supplier but also devotes a great deal of time to developing products. In this regard, the lean experience that I’ve acquired at various logistical services companies in recent years comes in really handy.

Indeed, market forces dragged me into logistics. I studied logistics and economics at Hogeschool Rotterdam at the age of 32. I’ve held various role at Schuitema, owner of retail chain Jumbo Supermarkets (formerly: C1000) and logistical suppliers Versteijnen Logistics and DHL. In all cases I had to support, coach and facilitate the staff I was managing to enable them to carry out their work as well as possible. Without worries. A position that I’m now able to fulfill at Bever Innovations. Smart, lean and customer-oriented, with a heavy dose of fun.

Bever Innovations’ new-build premises nearly ready!

The construction work on Bever Innovations’ new head office on Techniekweg in Zierikzee, the Netherlands, is reaching completion. A large (2,551 m²) new building is being constructed just 300 meters from the current head office and will accommodate the Fuel, Industrial and Horticulture divisions. The new head office is all-electric and largely self-sufficient. Electric air heaters, heat pumps and intelligent LED lighting guarantee optimum comfort at work, whilst open, transparent office spaces will ensure that staff is able to communicate more quickly and effectively as well as fostering creativity.

The first brick for the new building was laid in September 2018. Six months later and the new head office is nearly ready. ‘We’re still putting in the floor coverings, calibrating the air conditioning systems and completing the paving at present. The construction work is completed on 1 April, and now we’ll be starting on the interior work as well as kitting out the kitchen, pantry and workplaces’, says Jacco de Ronde, one of Bever Innovations’ four directors and the party responsible for the completion of the new head office. ‘We’ll start using the new building on 1 June.’

Optimum contact, efficient flow
The new head office is split up into two sections. The entrance hall will be the bustling hub. Here, in addition to a waiting area and reception, there will be a small showroom and a canteen for staff. The offices are situated to the right of the entrance. The section on the left is reserved for shipping, workshops and the warehouse. ‘The eye-catching feature in the entrance hall is a large staircase leading up to the first floor’, says De Ronde. ‘The space here will primarily be devoted to open-plan offices, as well as consulting rooms and meeting rooms where staff can get some peace and quiet.’

The open workplaces will ensure that staff and departments communicate more quickly and more often, as well as enabling a more efficient flow of orders and business processes. ‘We’ve deliberately opted to minimize the use of discrete office rooms and corridor functions’, says De Ronde. ‘General functions such as coffee machines, printers, toilets, etc. are centrally located, reducing walking about and ensuring greater calm in the departments. Strategically placed cabinet walls provide the requisite degree of security and privacy whilst also enabling flexible layouts in the future, without the need for renovation work.’

Modern image
A traditional structure was chosen for the new-build premises. The shell of the building is made of concrete and sand-lime brick and is supported by a steel structure. Around that, light aluminium façade panels have been put in, which lend the building a modern, industrial image. An extension made of dark-coloured masonry is a playful finishing touch. Hollow-core slabs were selected for the floor. ‘The structure will keep noise nuisance to a minimum’, says De Ronde. ‘We’re currently still in a steel building, which whistles and creaks when the wind is up. We wanted to avoid this at all costs in the new building. What’s more, the materials chosen will make it possible to create a healthy, pleasant indoor climate.’

‘Roof-mounted solar panels will generate sustainable energy’, he adds. ‘All rooms in the building are electrically heated, cooled and ventilated. An all-electric heat pump will ensure sustainable cooling and heating, in any season.’ Bever Innovations’ intelligent LED lighting has been put in throughout the new building, in a variety of optics. Thanks to the wireless Bever EOS network technology, these luminaries can easily be managed and controlled and energy consumption is minimized.

erpecnews feature: A new dawn for Bever Innovations

By Siân Davies – erpecnews

The stage is set for what is already shaping up to be a huge year for Bever Innovations. One of the biggest and most exciting changes is taking place just 300m from their current headquarters in Zierikzee, The Netherlands. On the 1st of April 2019 the team will move to their new headquarters – doubling their floorspace and creating an environment that not only promotes communication, but encourages innovation.

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“The new building not only means we can create more offices, it also allows us to bring all our activities into one building,” explained Jacco de Ronde, one of four Directors at Bever Innovations and responsible for managing the delivery of the new headquarters.

“All of the office spaces in the new building will be open to help the team communicate more effectively and enhance the creative flow.”
Jacco de Ronde, Director at Bever Innovations

The new building is still in the process of being completed, but once it is ready the space will be the perfect central location to coordinate Bever’s worldwide activities.

As you would expect from a company with Bever’s innovative mindset, the building is entirely self-powered, generating energy via solar panels on the roof. Also supporting Bever’s global markets is new Operations Director, Marc Meulenberg who has been with the company five months. With a background in logistics honed from years working in his family’s fruit and vegetable business, through to his more recent contracts with global logistics giant DHL, he is ideally placed to help guide Bever’s growth.

“I have experience of managing large groups of people and a lot of experience in making things happen to ensure operations run smoothly. I am excited to now have the opportunity to apply these skills to Bever Innovations and help to drive the company forward,” explained Marc.

Marc and Jacco sit alongside fellow board members Rutger van Dierendonck, Technical Director and Erwin Dingemanse, Commercial Director, and whilst Marc may be the new boy on the block the others each have over 15 years’ experience with the company.

“The management team and foundation of Bever Innovations is really strong and the addition of Marc is adding to that core,” explained Erwin. “The new office space is a huge step for Bever but innovation is still going on in the current building. Next year we will also be introducing some new products including new LED price display products, new downlights, smaller downlights and a modular series that can be built together into a bigger fixture. This gives us great flexibility moving forward and we are really looking forward to the future,” he added.

Last stone laying ceremony of Bever Innovations’ new Headquarters

Our international sales representatives laid the last stone of Bever Innovations’  new HQ in Zierikzee, the Netherlands.

The ceremony took place on the construction site, where Bouwbedrijf Boogert is working hard on this sustainable and state of the art building project. The building will perfectly reflect the company’s innovative image.

Bever Innovations announces strategic global partnership with Visive Group Ltd.

(For the German version of the Press Release, please click here)

From today, Bever Innovations works together with a new partner. We signed a Manufacturing and Supply Agreement with Visive Group Ltd. We have worked closely for many months using our combined experience and knowledge for innovative technology to develop a new LED contour tube that is visually stunning, easy to install, and also saves on energy usage and maintenance. It is all about joining forces; global market presence and quality products with short lead times.

LED Tube Visive

About Visive Group

Established in 2000, Visive Group is a leading UK designer and global manufacturer of LED contour lighting. Visive’s LED lighting division supplies contour tubing, along with smart control components which are installed on service stations and retail shops around the world.

 

“We look forward to working closely”

Commercial Director of Bever Innovations, Erwin Dingemanse commented

This collaborative relationship provides Bever Innovations with the opportunity to have our own branded LED contour tube which complements our other wide-range of innovative LED products- and solutions. This will give Bever Innovations a competitive advantage in the global petrol retail market”.

John Scholey Visive’s Sales Director:

“This is an important step in our ‘strategic growth plan’. To have an international partner like Bever Innovations with their extensive sales team and expertise in manufacturing and selling LED products to the Petroleum market in so many countries is ideal for our business. We look forward to working closely with their team and supplying them with quality LED Contour tube on a global basis”

 

Where will we sell it?

Bever Innovations will sell the LED Contour tube globally, excluding the UK, Ireland, and China. Visive will manage trade in these regions.

New head quarter comes closer

Today, a new milestone towards our new head office has been taken: the site is now our property. Construction can start soon and within one year we will settle at the Techniekweg, a stone’s throw from our current head quarter in Zierikzee, The Netherlands.
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Production process as added value

The relationship between Zierikzee-based Bever Innovations and two sheltered workplaces in the Southwestern part of The Netherlands is based on much more than one-sided charity. Bever Innovations designs and develops high-quality intelligent LED solutions for fuel stations all around the world. Employees at these social organisations help to enhance the reputation of these LED products by taking great care when assembling them.

Employees from Dethon (Terneuzen-based) and Orionis (Vlissingen-based) assemble the units “accurately and in excellent conditions within high-quality production facilities”. These are the words of Bever Innovations’ Benelux commercial director, Hugo Jongebreur. The workplace in Vlissingen works on components, while that in Terneuzen helps to assemble the complete end product. Bever Innovations, Orionis and Dethon have been working together since 2004. Although Dethon has various clients, Bever is among an elite club for long-term partners. “We understand each other perfectly”, says Jongebreur.

 

Dethon employees work in a concentrated and precise manner when assembling light systems for Bever Innovations. During the production process, systems are subjected to several tests to make sure all actions have been performed  correctly Testing equipment has often also been developed by Bever Innovations.

Dethon employees work in a concentrated and precise manner when assembling light systems for Bever Innovations. During the production process, systems are subjected to several tests to make sure all actions have been performed correctly Testing equipment has often also been developed by Bever Innovations.

 

COMMITMENT

According to Jacco de Ronde, the long standing relationship between Bever and Dethon is “so special because we understand each other’s strengths”. Besides being Director of Operations, De Ronde is also co-owner of Bever Innovations. He recently worked with Jongebreur to organise a guided tour at Dethon’s workshop in Terneuzen. De Ronde likes to emphasise the mutual commitment between Bever Innovations and Dethon. He says Bever Innovations not only uses Dethon to assemble its LED products, but also involves Dethon at a very early stage when it comes to designing its future production process. “Sheltered workplaces have great value for people who, for whatever reason, have difficulties entering the regular employment market. On the one hand, they aim to offer employees a useful role in the labour process. On the other hand, they aim to give people with suitable skills the chance to work in normal employment settings. We think we can contribute to these objectives by fully or partly assigning production activities for our LED products to these social organisations.” De Ronde emphasises that the system of social employment facilities is barely encountered in countries outside the Netherlands. “The market in which Bever Innovations operates, is characterised by high-tech production facilities. But Bever has been able to create a high quality production process together with Dethon and its employees, and this kind of success is unprecedented in our business.”

 

FLEXIBLE DEPLOYMENT

As De Ronde says, another reason for establishing long-term relationships with sheltered workplaces is the opportunity to “flexibly deploy labour capacity”. “We perform a wide range of activities and always offer assignments that differ in scope. And sheltered workplaces offer us the opportunity to access labour capacity, which is needed to successfully complete assignments within the required time frame. This can be difficult to organise for regular companies. We see Dethon’s flexibility as an important factor in continuing to offer the best possible service to our clients.” De Ronde refers to this possibility as ‘part his company’s success.” He also highlights the “predictability of assignments”. “Long-term relationships with international clients allow us to regularly assign orders to sheltered workplaces. Bever Innovations purchases its own materials and always has a clear insight into stock levels. The predictability of assignments also allows Dethon to effectively make employees and equipment available in its workshop.”

 

ORDER PORTFOLIO

Bever Innovations is not Dethon’s only client when it comes to producing high-tech systems. They also serve this section of the market for other companies from e.g. the field of telecommunications, shipping and medical equipment. Dethon Elektronica was founded to emphasise the importance of this order portfolio to the company.

Bever Innovations produces new and intelligent LED products for the petrol retail market. According to Jongebreur, working on innovative projects also requires equipment to be developed for testing the effectiveness of new systems within the production process. “Of course, such solutions need to be built from scratch. But this must be done so they are clear and easy-to-use for Dethon employees.” As a result, the whole production process is inspected, monitored and barcoded using more than fifteen interim stops. That’s how high quality products help to offer customers the reliability they desire.

 

MEMORY AIDS

Wherever technically possible, people can visit Dethon’s workshop to take a closer look at the production process for LED products. For example, circuit boards are primarily prepared in enclosed high-tech machines. This also applies to the fine elements placed on circuit boards, which help to create links between electronic components found within products. The production process takes place in various assembly departments. For each specific action, employees are able to rely on instructions and memory aids specially compiled by Bever. “Internal training courses and general instructions are used to teach and train employees how to produce and handle our LED products. And, wherever necessary, instructions are repeated and practised to make sure everyone enjoys their work”, says Jongebreur. According to De Ronde, “simply throwing products on to the market is only partly fulfilling”.

“No matter how advanced our systems are, we think it is important to add a special aspect to how our products are produced. Namely, the principle that we should not only look after ourselves, but must also try to improve possibilities for everyone else in the world.”

Translated from Dutch petrol retail magazine ‘Pompshop’ april 2017.

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Bever Innovations opens subdivision in France

Leading Dutch LED product manufacturer Bever Innovations continues its expansion by starting a subdivision in France.

“I am pleased to inform you that on January 1st we have opened Bever Innovations subdivision ‘France’.” Erwin Dingemanse, commercial director and owner of the company says. “The start of this French branch is a logical step in Bever Innovations strategy to strengthen our position in the European market. The French market is one of the biggest in Europe and there is a great potential for growth.”

The French subdivision will be led by Mr. Jean-Michel Ludot, who is based in the South-West of France. He is responsible for the commercial and market development for Bever Innovations LED in- and outdoor applications in the French market. He will work closely with the sales support team, based in the Netherlands.

Mr. Jean-Michel Ludot has over 30 years experience in the oil industry, including the petrol retail sector for the last 10 years. He graduated as a chemical engineer and worked in various technical and commercial positions. His work experience in an international environment on multi-sites and multi-countries projects will be highly beneficial for our global operating customers.

With the addition of this industry veteran, Dingemanse is excited to continue broadening Bever Innovations reach while serving the needs of customers and still securing their 100% focus on petrol.

Jean-Michel Ludot
Jean-Michel Ludot
jml@beverinnovations.com