50 years young and still going strong

Abird has remained a dynamic company ever since it was founded 52 years ago and continuously searches for new opportunities and possibilities to improve its customer services. An overview of our company history is given below.

1962 - 1999

  • William Oorschot sr. sets up Technische Handelsmij Abird NV.
  • Abird is the first company in the Netherlands to rent out welding machines and accessories for laying pipelines for transporting natural gas
  • Abird expands its rental fleet with generators and compressors, and also starts supplying the petrochemical industry and shipyards
  • Abird grows to become a specialist in renting welding equipment, compressors and generators.

1999 - 2007

  • In June 1999, the Oorschot family sells its shares to the Swedish multinational Atlas Copco. 
  • Under the Atlas Copco flag, Abird opens branches in Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Almelo and Vlissingen.
  • In early 2005, rental activities for specialist contractors, the petrochemical industry and shipyards are transferred to Abird Tools & Welding.
  • Abird also starts providing total solutions for temporary lighting, compressed air and power-generation systems, and materials management during large-scale industrialëmaintenance and new construction projects.

2008 - 2013

  • Wichard Oorschot, the grandson of William Oorschot sr., buys Abird in a restructured form back from Atlas Copco. 
  • Abird concentrates on the rental of welding equipment, industrialëtools, temporary lighting and large generators.
  • Atlas Copco and Abird continue to work closely together. The new Abird focuses mainly on large-scale industry and carries out projects in the Benelux and in the European energy sector.
  • The specialisation in  lifting and hoisting techniques takes on more shape as a result of the takeover of Hef & Hijs Nederland in Ridderkerk.
  • The Abird Tools & Welding division is expanded by the acquisition of the specialist welding equipment wholesaler Burki Lastechniek. In 2012 and 2013, De Wit Las- en Snijtechniek and Kamphuis Lastechniek also became part of Abird Tools & Welding. 


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