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DDM that's us - Utrecht Business

DDM has written an article that was published in the magazine 'Utrecht Business'. In the article, CEO Theo Velis explains what the young generation means for DDM, with various young professionals speaking.

DDM is internationally active in the field of dismantling, relocation, demolition and asbestos removal. DDM is also involved in the sale, trade and reuse of industrial installations and the recycling of other materials. Since 1990, the company has developed into one of the market leaders in its industry. Technical innovation and a very high standard for safety, quality and the environment ensure that DDM provides service to a wide number of customers with various projects. Five DDM employees talk about the company, their role and the interaction between different generations.

Theo Velis – CEO

“Working in the petrochemical industry requires a lot of knowledge and expertise. You do not learn this knowledge and expertise from a book but through experience. That is why I think it is extremely important to integrate young people into the company. In this way, we have developed a working environment within DDM in which the differences between generations are embraced. For example, we invest in education and training for employees. By hiring staff at a young age and training them in the industry, we are assured of well-trained professionals in the future.”

“In addition, I think that not only DDM but companies in general should invest in the young generation. The young generation has been raised to keep up with the rapid technological developments. This is of great added value for companies. The innovative view of the young professionals, in combination with the knowledge and expertise of the seniors, creates dynamism. Topics such as sustainability, commerce, safety and technological developments have developed significantly in recent years. We largely owe this to the investment in the young generation.”

Laurens Bruijs – HSEQ manager

“Safety is in DDM's DNA, we always say. We owe that DNA to the generation above us. The bar in the field of safety has been set high since the founding of DDM. We as a young generation have to keep it there, if not raise it even higher. In the field in which we operate, it cannot be otherwise. Demolition, disassembly and relocation work always carries a high risk. Giving in even anything in the area of safety immediately has far-reaching consequences for our employees or the people around them.”

“Within DDM I am fortunate to work with a young safety team. The advantage of this is that we have an innovative view within the organization on methodologies and work situations. Combined with the extensive experience of our seniors within the company that we can rely on, this means that we live up to our safety DNA on all projects worldwide.”

Emma van Duijvenbode – Sustainability manager

“The climate problem is an extremely complex issue. Greenhouse gas emissions are deeply rooted in our societal routines. The sustainability policy within DDM therefore has clear frameworks and plays a major role throughout the organization. The young generation is confronted with the negative consequences of extensive greenhouse gas emissions from an early age. The refreshing view that the young generation has on sustainability policy within DDM ensures important innovation. The innovative view combined with the expertise of the seniors ensures a nice balance in decision-making.”

“To ensure continuous improvement, DDM is certified for various systems that supplement and deepen the management system in the field of sustainability. As an extension, DDM will be certified according to the CO2 performance ladder in January 2023. Within two years, DDM's old office building in De Meern will also be replaced by a brand new energy-neutral office building! This shows that DDM is looking far ahead to keep the earth habitable for the next generation.”

Jeffrey Burgers – Project engineer

“DDM has given me the confidence from an early age to develop further as a project engineer. Last year DDM dismantled the old Lekbrug near Vianen, in which I, as a young project engineer, had the opportunity to play a role. Many techniques are involved when removing a bridge that weighs 5,000 tons. For me, as a young DDM employee, it was extremely interesting to supervise a project and work together with the team to achieve a great end result.”

“DDM works not only locally but also internationally. Recently I have been working a lot in Germany to expand my area of knowledge and to be a supporting factor for DDM Deutschland GmbH. By being outside with colleagues and asking a lot of questions, you learn a lot from the people who do their work outside. In combination with my innovative view and knowledge of the latest working methods and technologies, this makes for a very strong combination!”

Jorn Vermeer – Commercial manager

“Commerce is the art of finding the client that suits you and convincing him to purchase our services. It is an essential part of any successful business. We at DDM must have knowledge of the projects and techniques we offer. This is also where the good cooperation with the generation above us lies. They have already carried out many projects and have the knowledge to support our generation and teach them about complex disassembly projects. From the dismantling of the old Lek Bridge near Vianen to the moving or dismantling of small machines in the region.”

“Good communication is very important. Without communicating effectively with clients, it is difficult to close a deal. This makes young people a valuable addition to any company. We are often more familiar with the latest (digital) technologies and trends, which allows us to provide innovative ideas and solutions. We are also well versed in the world of social media. This can help you pursue new business opportunities and develop new services. A diverse team with different ages, experiences and knowledge can help a company move forward!”