Pon is one of the largest companies in the Netherlands with more than 13,000 employees worldwide and has several hundred sites, in more than 30 countries. We are involved in mobility products, services, and solutions globally. We also offer hundreds of industry solutions. We are right in the midst of the community, and we respond to trends, including urbanization, electrification, sustainability, and digitization.
Automotive – We hold a strong position in the (luxury) car brand and commercial vehicle markets, as well as in many new mobility services. We are, indeed, the market leader in a large number of markets. We represent car brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, and luxury car brands, including Porsche, Bugatti, Bentley, and Lamborghini, in Europe. In the USA we represent luxury car brands. We also act as agents for MAN Truck, MAN Bus, and Volkswagen light commercial vehicles. Pon Mobility Services & Retail is a market leader in many new mobility services in the Netherlands, including MAAS (Mobility As A Service), connected cars, smart mobility service cards, car-and bicycle sharing.
Bikes – Pon is one of the top 5 players in the global bicycle industry. We distinguish ourselves through a premium brand portfolio, with more than 10 bicycle brands, including Gazelle, Cervélo, FOCUS, Santa Cruz, Kalkhoff and Faraday. Based in the Netherlands, Germany, USA, Canada, China, Taiwan, UK, Hongkong, and Australia. The number of electric bicycles keeps growing. More than 50% of the bicycles we produce are electric. All our brands are leading bicycle brands.
Equipment & Power Systems – We hold a strong position in heavy equipment and maritime engines & generators. We represent Caterpillar heavy and light machinery in the Netherlands and Norway and are also active in Brazil and Vietnam. Pon always offers all-in-one solutions. For buildings, road construction, mining – with specialty earthmoving equipment. Pon is also active in energy solutions, GPS-control systems, waste disposal, and recycling. We offer innovative, electric power generation: on land and for the oil and gas industry. As well as technical all-in-one propulsion and power solutions for the maritime industry globally, including MaK diesel engines. Our companies also provide top quality systems that supply continuous power to equipment.
Industrial Mobility – Pon provides electrical tech services and smart flow control solutions (valves and circuit breakers) for the maritime, mining, nickel, oil and gas industries in the USA, Asia, and Australia. We also supply high-tech valves, actuators, operating-and fire protection systems, for new building projects as well as refits/renovations and maintenance, and are active in the heavy mechanical equipment market.
As a family business, we invest continuously in new, sustainable mobility solutions and technical innovations. Pon uses an approach that goes back to their early beginnings: no-nonsense, well-thought-out, pragmatic – with the objective to put ideas into practice as fast as possible. We have yet to meet a Pon employee who thinks that something can’t be done. We finish every job we start, without losing that eye for detail. We believe that concrete results are the only way to move our business, society, and people forward. Talent, responsibility, and family values are the cornerstones of Pon’s success. Pon has always had its people to thank for its international prominence and highly organized structure. At Pon, we rely on the creativity, curiosity, and performance of each and every one of our employees to identify and exploit new opportunities for future growth. Innovation is the key to growth in a fast-changing world, and therefore, a spearhead within Pon.
The Philips Innovation Awards are a great opportunity for students and their start-ups to receive coaching and support to jump-start their initiatives.
How we accelerate (digital) innovations
To help our operating companies accelerate in digital innovation, we founded the Pon Digital Innovation Lab in 2015, with which we nurture business ideas and innovations to fully elaborated propositions, generates new digital business opportunities from an ‘outside-in perspective’ and provides digital inspiration for our operating companies. These can be disruptive innovations or incremental innovations.
This resulted in several startups like the Connected Car app from MiND, the Gazelle Connected Bike, and Swapfiets. And with our investment company, Ponooc, we can further accelerate these business ideas with funding that is used as growth capital or to power innovative ideas. Take Swapfiets as an example, we kick-started the initiative of three former Delft students to launch subscriptions based biking.
We look forward to helping the Philips Innovation Award participants to get started!