Evolve is a family-run business which passionately seeks to develop new innovation strategies in the field of concrete. The company now employs a team of 22 that strives for the production of high quality products on a daily basis.
The company’s history begins in 1997 when the current director Berend Vriezema and his wife Evy took over ‘Van Manen Beton Industrie’. Van Manen Beton had been specialized in the craft of concrete sepulchres and septic tanks. Berend and Evy share the interest in concrete cement as a material and had been fascinated by the various possibilities to use it. Starting under the name of ‘Vriezema Betonproducten’, they began making their contribution to the craftsmanship. It was Evy who focused on the creative ways to use the material and sold them in her boutique.
Throughout the years, the family’s captivation with the only real disadvantage of concrete developed: its weight. If only they were able to find a way around that!
Berend Vriezema recalls:
“I remember needing up to 9 people to place a single concrete countertop. It was such a big project and really made me think about alternatives. This search eventually led to the development of BalsaBeton – a concrete technique that is not only lightweight but also maintenance free and able to be moulded into all kinds of shapes. No more limitations, only possibilities!”