West End Technologies was founded in 1947 in Leiden as a repair business for combustion engines. Besides maintenance and minor jobs, we noted a growing need for the manufacture of replacement parts. That is why we developed into a machine works and invested in knowledge and experience in production technology. The confidence of our customers encouraged us to invest more in new instruments and possibilities, including the training of employees. This confidence led to larger and more extensive assignments and diversification into new markets.
Our refurbishment department is still an important section of our family business.
The West End name
In the 1950s, the growing activities and expansion into foreign markets created the need for a name with international appeal. West End refers to the well known theatre and entertainment district in the heart of London and as a name is readily remembered.
‘Our family has a long name that is not very handy overseas. So we chose a short, strong name that sounds familiar to an international public.’
West End Machinefabriek has overcome many challenges over the past 70 years. We are proud of the flexibility with which we tackled these challenges. During the crisis years in the 1970s and 1980s, and later in 2008, we were able to keep going each time.
‘In the 1970s, we suddenly needed a drawing office. And before we knew it, 2D drawing had to make way for 3D engineering.’
Our family business is flexible, and this has enabled us to shift our focus from growth to job protection in difficult times. That same flexibility also enables us to embrace new – and sustainable – technologies. We have therefore always been able to respond to the changing requirements and wishes that arise in our markets. Examples are the transition from drawing office to 3D modelling at the start of this century, and the expansion to new customers and markets, nationally and internationally.
‘With our background in mechanics, it was a challenge to construct with adhesive bonds.’
Ben van Berge Henegouwen, MEng, is the third generation in the family heritage of West End Technologies.
‘Not a single test is done in our aerospace test center without West End being involved, either in the equipment, the interface adapters or the hardware of the test object itself.’
West End continually develops its long term vision.
West End Technologies always focuses on improving efficiency and increasing knowledge. Our aim is to continue to stand out on the national and international stages as a reliable and expert partner for refurbishment, manufacturing and detailed engineering.
West End continues to invest unabatedly in new technologies and combinations of materials. We invest in hardware and knowledge so that we can use the potential of these innovations for our customers.
West End is keen to work increasingly with hybrid materials and technical plastics, and with the integration of mechatronics in complete systems.
- Cryogenic technology
- 3D printing applications
- Use of pneumatics in ATEX environments
- Mobile and large scale 3D measurements
- Vacuum technology
- Quenching techniques during thermal test phases
- Adhesive bonds
We always provide customised services, creating added value for our customers with our combination of competences. This enables our customers to achieve innovations which we see in the processing industry, aviation and aerospace, shipbuilding and science.
West End is founded by Josef van Berge Henegouwen
Production of more than 600 process tanks
Relocation from Leiden to Sassenheim
Introduction of the drawing office
Development of Yoke LSS
Relocation to Lisse
WHG (Wasserhaushaltsgesetz VMG) (Water management and HSE) Work for Dutch Space.
Investment in water jet cutting and implementation of 3D modular system design in our design department Construction, manufacture and assembly of aerospace exhibitions in Edinburgh and Berlin
Manufacture of more than 100 precision frames for flight simulators CPT machine (Cone Penetration Testing) Cleanroom, refurbishment, engineering and newbuild, in-house clean assembly Certifications ISO 9001, ISO 1090, ISO 3834-2 Certified adhesive bonding, Delft University of Technology
Opening of second site in the ESA Business Incubation Centre in Noordwijk
Further international growth, emphasised by the stand in the Holland Pavilion at the Hannover Messe Faro measurement arm 3D printing
Precision Fair 3D measurement Faro laser tracker
Participation of LiS (Leiden Instrument makers School) in the Aerospace Cluster