Connecting, Nurturing and Growing in Asia since 1992 – with You
The name Big Dutchman is now synonymous with sustainable and innovative livestock equipment, as well as infrastructure for medium and large-scale commercial farming. Over the years we built a reputation for superior and durable quality, efficient service and unparalleled know-how in modern livestock farming.
Started by brothers Richard and Jack DeWitt in Zeeland, Michigan, USA back in 1938 – the history of the company began with the invention of a revolutionary machine for automatic feeding of poultry. As the demand for the technology grew, so did the company, with a subsidiary set up in The Netherlands in the 1950s. During the 1980s, Big Dutchman as we know it today began to take shape and culminated in the forming of our global headquarters in Germany.
Yet our beginnings in Asia were quite modest. It was a venture that began in a small, privately-owned home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in 1992 as a sales office. The 2-person operation was led by the current Asia President, Jan Hofstede and his colleague and mentor Bo Molin. This marked a pivotal point in the success of Big Dutchman globally, as the Asia office went on to become the most important supplier of livestock production technology in the region.
Close to 30 years later, Big Dutchman Asia has grown from strength-to-strength – now employing over 300 employees and operating out of a new, state-of-the-art regional distribution hub in Klang, Malaysia. Offices in Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Australia, Japan and India also make up the entire Asia Pacific operations, with the reach and resources to deliver livestock farming projects of any scale and demand efficiently.
Throughout our journey in Asia, we have partnered with thousands of farmers and producers – continuously gaining local knowledge and insights – to offer the prospect of efficiency, profitability and stable business growth. None of our achievements would have been possible without the trust, hospitality and contributions of our customer base in Asia; this has allowed us to remain competitive, service-centric and innovative.
We look forward to our continued success in the Asia Pacific region, especially with the increasing population and quality food demands as your trusted growth partner.