As an industrial aggregate engaged in shipbuilding, constructional design and production of complex architectural projects and the renewable energy industry worldwide, Central Industry Group (CIG) aims to shape the future. The company produces unrivalled quality through its engineering expertise and manufacturing innovation, using the latest technology and industry knowledge to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic market.

CIG has developed a global reputation for its dedicated customer service. By working co-operatively with its key clients, CIG can offer tailored solutions to meet the changing requirements of customers around the world. CIG involves each of its clients throughout the design and manufacture process, extending well into the life of its products. This collaborative approach ensures satisfaction and helps stimulate further innovation and competitiveness.

Jan Koopmans, CEO of Central Industry Group, spoke with The CEO Magazine about the company’s international operations and what the future has in store for this diverse organisation.

The CEO Magazine: What is your professional background leading up to and including your current position with CIG?

Jan: I’m a CPA from a long time ago until 1993, where I worked for a big four accounting firm. I then decided to go into international business, and worked for several shipping companies as financial director. I joined CIG in 1997 as financial director and I became president and CEO of CIG in 2003. I’m also the shareholder of the Group.

Throughout your time with the organisation, what have been the greatest challenges you’ve had to contend with?

In the past 15 years there have been upside and downsides. Everything has to do with the economic climate of the world with freight, terrorists, and shipping capacity in the market. We have changed our strategy several times. In the beginning, until the end of the 90s, we were actually a supplier to the local shipyards in the northern part of Holland. At the end of the 90s, we changed our market from not only the Dutch, but also to international markets and shipyards. So our markets became bigger and bigger.