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Masters of metal work

Bert Buijsen started his business as a worker in precious metals in the Geldropseweg in Heeze in 1954. During the first few years he began to win contracts from various parishes in and around Eindhoven. Thanks to his brother Hendrik, who acted as an intermediary, all this changed in 1957 when DAF came knocking on his door with a request to manufacture vacuum tanks for the DAF 600 brake system. DAF’s director Huub van Doorne was particularly impressed with the results, which marked the beginning of a strong relationship between DAF and BUMET; an association that has endured to this day.

Throughout the nineteen sixties and seventies, BUMET experienced steady growth. Evidenced not only by the obvious increasing scale of the buildings, but equally matched by the expanding dimensions of the presses – from 25 tons at first to 100 tons – and the swelling numbers of personnel.

In 1985, grandson Erik laid the foundation stone of the new company premises located at industrial terrain ‘De Poortmannen’ at the Industrieweg. This was once again in Heeze, where by this time Bert Buijsen had been elevated to become a much respected, honoured and recognised local figure. After a bit of a hectic period at the end of the nineteen eighties and the beginning of the nineties, BUMET once again enjoys a period of steady growth, expanding to become a company in two locations: in Heeze and in Debrecen (Hungary), where granddaughter Inge had the honour of laying the foundation stone of the new company venture in 2002.

Unfortunately, on 29 September 2004, just a few days before BUMET’s planned celebrations of the 50 year anniversary of the company, Bert Buijsen – much too soon – passed away. A black day in BUMET’s history. Bert’s daughter, Marlies Maas-Buijsen, assumed the management of the company.