Rian Schmitz Rian Schmitz
Team Leader Marketing & Communication
20 December 2015

Joan Westendorff (64), owner of Jalema and I-FourC and former director of Jalema in Reuver (L) will reinforce the existing executive team of both companies.

Four years ago Westendorff retired after acquiring Atlanta in Hoogezand from bankruptcy the year before. After Jalema ran into difficulties over 2,5 years ago, a reorganisation was led by Léon Lalieu and John Tostrams. Besides a large number of organisational changes, 35 staff members had to be let go. Following the reorganisation Westendorff bought two companies who were experiencing hardship, the injection molding factory in Reuver and Jalema’s daughter company in France.

As a result of the reorganisation Jalema especially has entered calmer waters and a reasonable profit could be noted over the past financial year.

Yet the world of storage systems remains a difficult one as a result of developments in digitisation and the trade channels that Jalema supplies are also constantly moving and setting increasingly higher demands.

Now that Jalema has entered calmer waters, Westendorff has decided to take responsibility together with the current management for the implementation of the necessary steps towards the future. His focus will mainly lie on product development of traditional products, a field in which he has been able to gain the necessary experience as the founder of the Innofabriek. Additionally, he will work on searching for new forms of collaboration at home and abroad with the help of his extensive network.

Comments Westendorff:

“I am pleased to start working on the further implementation of the necessary changes within our organization. It’s wonderful that I can do this in collaboration with Léon Lalieu and John Tostrams, two people who have led Jalema through a tough phase and have managed to establish a good basis for the future of Jalema and I-FourC. Together with them and the people in our two great companies, I want to work on a Jalema and I-FourC that is characterised by product innovation, decisiveness and a strong internationally oriented policy.”

Jalema

Jalema BV, a family business established in 1947, is a leading in the field of physical information management in Europe. Time- and space-savings regarding the storage and retrieval of information are the basis of all company activities. Jalema develops, produces and sells innovative archiving products, services and systems that comply with the requirements for sustainable purchasing practices set by the government. Jalema sells directly an effective and cost saving assortment of files, cabinets, racks and accessories for physical archiving. Additionally, Jalema manages archives of third parties, which contain the possibility of digital accessibility. Next to that, Jalema delivers products regarding storage, archiving and presenting to her retail channels.

I-FourC

I-FourC Technologies BV, sister company of Jalema and founded in 2004, is originated directly from the ‘paper world’ and knows this world from inside out. That resulted in our faith in paperless working, in a way that our digital solutions feel as familiar as paper. The concept is built in way that paper based documents, are seamlessly integrated in digital working processes of complex organisations. This is realised by using the right combination of scan services, external archive management and innovative software solutions. I-FourC believes from day one of its existence unconditionally in paperless environments. At any time, expertise, care and security will be in the centre of attention.

For more information and/or imagery:

Jalema BV

Joan Westendorff

PO Box 4802 ● 5953 ZL REUVER ● The Netherlands

T +31 77 476 76 76 ● F +31 77 476 76 90

j.westendorff@jalema.com ● www.jalema.com

Gemeente Venray Maasziekenhuis Pantein Reade GGD Twente

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