Entrepreneurship is in the Steyvers family’s blood. Since son Rick did an internship in his parents’ company in 2010, he was sure that he wanted to start a family business as well. In recent years, he has had the opportunity to walk alongside his father and forge his own path. Rick is now in management with his father, with the ambition to take over the family business when his parents are ready to hand over the baton: “I really enjoy bringing plans and ideas to fruition, and seeing the business grow as a result.”
Since 2013, Jan and Trea have also started their own production under the name Van Dijk Postforming & Vlakverlijming B.V. The name is derived from Trea’s maiden name, partly to retain the strength of the family connection. “We want to be able to guarantee the quality of our product, and continue to develop it. The best way to achieve that is to do the production yourself, which also prevents others from running off with your ideas,” Jan explains.
Stefan Nijsen has been on board as director since the beginning of 2019 and is at the helm of the production company for staircase renovation products. Jan and Rick are of course both still involved in Van Dijk and can still be found in the company on a daily basis.
In the first years, Van Dijk produced exclusively for Upstairs, but it soon became possible to respond to the demand from interested market parties. Van Dijk developed various brand concepts of its own and developed into a flexible partner in the production of premium stair treads and accessories for (re-)cladding stairs. Van Dijk supplies these products to commercial customers, such as staircase renovation specialists, interior specialists and retail chains both domestically and abroad. Van Dijk’s customer base has now expanded considerably, causing it to outgrow its current premises. For this reason the company bought an adjacent plot of land in 2021, to build a new building which will house an expansion of the warehouse, offices and a production area in mid-2022.
Van Dijk Staircase Solutions
In the first years after its foundation, Van Dijk was open to several product groups where postforming and surface bonding can be applied. After a strategic reorientation, the decision was made to fully focus on one product category. As a result, Van Dijk is the only production company in the world that focuses entirely on the manufacture of stair renovation products. A revision of the name was desirable, partly due to the increasing interest from abroad. In order to indicate what the area of focus is and to be more approachable internationally, the decision was made in 2021 to change the name Van Dijk Postforming & Vlakverlijming B.V. to Van Dijk Staircase Solutions. As Jan puts it: “This emphasises all the more that staircases is what’s closest to our hearts!”