Her Majesty Queen Máxima will be visiting Smit & Zoon in Weesp on Wednesday afternoon, 26 May.
The reason for the visit is the 200th anniversary of the company.
Innovation and sustainability are the central themes during Queen Máxima's visit to Weesp. Smit & Zoon is a 7th generation family business that started in 1821 as a stockfish and cod liver oil trader on the Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam. With an impressive series of innovations and adjustments, Smit & Zoon has grown into a company that makes specialized products for the leather industry. Products sold worldwide to tanneries to produce bags, shoes, car upholstery and furniture, among other things.
During this company visit, Queen Máxima will receive an introduction to the 200-year history of the family business and an explanation of how Smit & Zoon is working on making the leather industry more sustainable. Owner Marc Smit discusses the significance of 200 years of family tradition and sustainability and guides Queen Máxima along the factory hall. Dirick von Behr, Technical Manager & Zeologist, talks about the leather making process. CEO Hans van Haarst explains the importance of circularity and the role of Smit & Zoon in this and finally Daniëlle Okkinga-Koenen, Global Director Marketing & Communication, zooms in on education as a constant factor of improvement for the leather industry.