Smeva 100 years anniversary

We are Smeva and this is our story.

Leaders in Refrigeration and Freezing since 1920
At Smeva, we are proud of our history. Below we have listed some of the milestones – from our origins as a typical Dutch family-run business to the current day highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit that helped us grow step by step.

1920 – Smeva BV was established by Marcel Smets. Smeva started out as a joinery works focusing on the production of fit-out packages for the retail and hospitality sectors. These were fitted with refrigerators which cooled using ice bars.

1955 – The focus was switched to manufacturing of refrigeration units and modular coldrooms for the refrigeration industry.

1960–1970 – Sales, installation and servicing departments were established. Emphasis gradually shifted towards more direct contact with end-users.

1960–Today – Achieved 70% market share in the Benelux meat retailing sector marketing its own in-house products and refrigeration innovations, e.g. cold-plate technology and ultrasound humidifiers (1983).

1970–Today – Record growth entering new markets with its own products and services, such as refrigeration unit installation and servicing on behalf of bakeries, supermarkets and petrol stations.

1975 – Premises opened in Belgium to provide better service to the company’s Belgian customers.

1978 – Became exclusive dealer for Linde supermarket’s refrigeration units. This allowed a leading position to be acquired in the supermarket refrigeration system installation sector.

1993 – Basis formed for Smeva’s current business model. Smeva was split into independent divisions and companies, each with their own identity and responsibilities for their customers, products and results.

1997 – Acquisition of Hengelo-based KOVU. KOVU specialises in retail, wholesale and management of the entire cooling system supply chain for international customers’ in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

2005 – Substantial shareholding acquired in KMI Apeldoorn. KMI/Smeva became market leader in shopfitting for food retail outlets and speciality shops. Smeva’s shareholding sold to current management in 2010.

2006 – Activities expanded with the founding of Smeva Air-conditioning. New company focused principally on climate control in buildings.

2006–2007 – Smeva supplied full range of refrigeration systems to over one hundred Edah supermarkets following the takeover of Sligro. This was the largest order in Smeva’s history to date. The entire project was completed in just one year.

2007 – Smeva decided to sell its exclusive Linde dealership to Carrier Bedrijfskoeling following the acquisition of Linde Kaltetechniek by Carrier Corporation. Supermarket-related activities such as Smeva Service and Smeva Koeling were also sold to Carrier.

2009 – Acquisition of Rijswijk-based Geerlofs Koeltechniek. Geerlofs is the market leader in fresh produce storage technology. The company had been operating for over 75 years, employed 150 staff members and operated internationally with sites in China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Russia and the Netherlands.

2011 – Restart of servicing activities and the refrigeration division. These specialisms had not been provided since the sale of Smeva Service and Smeva Koeling to Carrier in 2007. By providing these services once again, Smeva established itself to an even greater extent as a total partner to the entire fresh supply chain.

2012 – Partnership with IDG Stamhuis fitting out specialist fresh produce stores. Smeva supplied all refrigeration technology including high-grade display counters. IDG fitted out the entire interior from floor to ceiling.
Smeva is now focusing on further growth in the future, including the acquisition of related companies in the Netherlands and abroad.

2020 – Smeva celebrates 100 years anniversary.