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Alewijnse Vietnam celebrates its 15th anniversary

March 26 2024

Alewijnse is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its subsidiary in Vietnam, with over 150 projects completed in that time. With its facility in this dynamic south-east Asian country, which is set to see its sharpest rise in GDP per head over the next decade, Alewijnse Vietnam expects to expand significantly in terms of both revenue and resources in the years ahead.

The decision by Alewijnse to establish its own presence in Vietnam was motivated by the increasing number of projects being undertaken in the region. By leveraging local talent and reducing reliance on overseas personnel, Alewijnse realised that it would be able to serve its clients more efficiently, rapidly, and cost-effectively. Fifteen years ago, the official documents for the representative office Alewijnse Marine Vietnam (AMV) were signed, and Alewijnse’s Daniel Pop appointed as managing director of the new company. AMV attained limited status two years later

A new challenge

"It was an exciting adventure for me and my family to relocate from Romania to Vietnam," said Daniel. "I was keen to start up a new venture in a foreign land, and I am thrilled that it has proven to be such a success. Since bringing our business to full speed over the first five years, we secured over 150 projects over the subsequent decade, primarily in the dredging, offshore, transport, and naval & governmental sectors, both locally and internationally. While Damen Shipyards is our key client, we also collaborate with companies and shipyards such as Dong Bac, PT CAT, Piriou, DSCS, and others."

The key to success

Alewijnse’s success lies in providing added value to its customers by delivering high-quality projects on time and at competitive prices. It has its own switchboard production location, which has recently expanded by 25% to 800 square metres in response to the growing demand for switchboard production in South-East Asia. With this increased capacity, the company is ready to take on more orders while still upholding its commitment to maintaining the highest quality standards and offering cost-effective package prices.

By offering local engineering expertise across all project categories, Alewijnse also ensures ongoing competitiveness. Engineering stands as one of the core competencies at AMV, with its team presently engaged in diverse ship projects. Its aim now is to further expand the team to facilitate remote work on European projects, thereby advancing towards becoming a fully operational and innovative solutions provider.

Working for a leading electrical company in Asia Pacific

Finding new and skilled engineers can be challenging, but after undergoing training and specialisation, those who are recruited and join AMV show a willingness to stay for a long time. Daniela Pop, Marketing and Communications Manager responsible for Alewijnse Marine Vietnam, notes. "Recently we marked the anniversary of several more employees who have been with the company for over 10 years. Almost half of our employees now boast over a decade of experience with Alewijnse."

“Long employment contracts are uncommon in a booming Vietnam, where individuals have numerous opportunities to pursue new career challenges as the country undergoes significant growth,” Daniela adds. "Vietnam has emerged as a popular manufacturing hub for multinational corporations, due to its strategic location bordering China and being close to major maritime trade routes. A few years ago, the low cost of labour and the infrastructure supporting exports transformed Vietnam into a prime destination for international investment. However, Alewijnse Marine Vietnam stands out by demonstrating respect for its employees, acknowledging and rewarding high performance with competitive income and excellent benefits, in line with European standards.”

"We prioritise employee satisfaction by fostering a family atmosphere," concludes Daniela. "We organise social events, provide English-language and technical training, and encourage employees to voice their suggestions. This is an approach that sets us apart from traditional Vietnamese companies. This enables them to thrive in a promising company that aims to grow stronger each year and become the leading electrical company in the maritime business in the Asia-Pacific region."