Royal Reesink was founded by Hendrik Reesink in Zutphen in 1786. He was a pioneer and entrepreneur who dared to think outside the box. Besides a master smith he was also a trader in iron wares and smithing materials. He realised very early on that customers want quality, service and the convenience of working with a single supplier. That has remained Royal Reesink’s trademark through the centuries.

Following the Second World War, Royal Reesink entered a period of strong growth under the leadership of family descendant Hendrik Willem Reesink. In 1959, the company was floated on the stock exchange as a trading company in iron, other metals and plastics and products and semi-finished products made from them. Royal Reesink also traded in machines, equipment and tools, domestic and sanitary goods, articles for central heating, electrical and related articles and equipment and in agricultural machines and equipment.

In 2003, the company moved into the head office in Apeldoorn and in the same year, it was awarded a ‘Royal’ warrant. From 2009, Royal Reesink achieved significant growth through organic growth, as well as a series of acquisitions and selective divestments. This transformed the company into a leading international distributor of high-quality machines and related systems. The company is unique due to the range of machines it offers and its spread across various sectors, the wealth of knowledge and experience it has built up and its strong customer focus.

In 2016, Royal Reesink celebrated its 230th anniversary and significant steps were taken to enable it to continue its strategy. River Acquisition B.V., a company that is held by a consortium of investors including the current shareholders Todlin N.V. and Navitas B.V. and the investor Gilde Buy Out Partners, issued a public offer for all outstanding ordinary shares and depositary receipts for ordinary shares of Royal Reesink. In June 2016, the offer was declared to be unconditional and Royal Reesink was delisted on 17 August 2016. Following completion of this transaction, the management became shareholders as well.