Headquarters officially opened
On Thursday 14th April Inalfa officially opened its new headquarters in Venray, the Netherlands. The opening event was attended by approx. 1,100 guests, consisting of shareholders from BHAP/BAIC, local and national government, the Embassy of China, customers, suppliers and employees working at Inalfa in Venray.
The event started with an amazing video ballet showing the Inalfa story. Mr. Maxime Verhagen, who served, amongst other governmental positions, as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Economic Affairs for the Netherlands, opened with the speech reflecting the importance of the industry in the province of Limburg and the economical relations with China. COO of Inalfa, Jan Tulkens, shared the highlights of the building and emphasized the importance of the relationship with the local and provincial government in setting up this building in Venray. Mr. Li Fei represented the Chinese Ambassador in the Netherlands in the opening speech and this impressive queue was closed by a speech of Chairman Xu Heyi from BAIC who reflected his pride to Inalfa.
After the official speeches the opening ceremony closed with a spectacular Chinese Lion Dance, which is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals. On this day it was also performed as an honor to the special guests from China. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business.
The guests joined several guided tours through the building and eventually enjoyed an informal get-together with live music, nice appetizers and a drink with colleagues and business acquaintances.
It was a very successful event!
On this remarkable day one of the members of the International Management Team, Mr. Tini Nabuurs, was officially honored by the Major of Venray, Hans Gilissen, on behalf of the King as Companion of the Order of Orange-Nassau. It was a big surprise for Tini who started 50 years ago at Inalfa as 15 year old boy as student toolmaker and was one of the first inventors of the Inalfa sunroofs in the seventies. In the eighties Tini cooperated with the higher educations and technical universities to support the automotive technical training. Tini is now responsible for the Inalfa Academy and senior advisor to the board.
We have gathered all the photos of this event in a special galery, which you can review yourself via this link: http://rijkinbeeld.pass.us/inalfa. A short impression of yesterday's event can also be found on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dwmT4qaHpAw&feature=shares