H.A. Renken (Erik)

Managing Director, PMF Steel Poles

The founding of PMF goes back 160 years to 1854, the year in which a steel processing plant was established in Oude Pekela, the Netherlands, whose principal focus lay on the manufacture of ships’ stern posts and rudders. The letters PMF stand for ‘Pekelder Machine Fabriek’ (‘Pekela Machine Works’), and the company’s logo displays the old town seal used by the Municipality of Oude Pekela. Over the years, various companies were acquired and incorporated in the Group. These include Machinefabriek Roodeschool (Roodeschool Machine Works) (1981), Schott Lichtmastenfabriek (Schott Lamppost Factory) (1984), Nederland Haarlem, Columns Division (1997), CASO Beleuchtungsmasten GmbH (CASO Lampposts Ltd.) (2007) and De Jong Konstruktie Zuidbroek (De Jong Construction Zuidbroek) (2011).



The PMF Group nowadays consists of six companies and employs 190 people, of whom 50 are involved in the manufacture of steel columns. The columns are manufactured at our plants in Veendam and Burgum. Our subsidiaries in Uithuizen, Delfzijl, Eemshaven and Zuidbroek operate in the (petro)chemical, oil & gas, offshore, energy, food, paper, carton and bio-based industry as well as the road & waterworks sector. In each case, the aforesaid subsidiaries focus on the design and manufacture of tubing systems, pressure vessels and high-quality structures. They also implement fully integrated projects and carry out maintenance. Visit our website to find out more about the activities of our four sister companies.

luchtfoto_PMF_Bergumproduction facility in Burgum

As a result of the undivided focus on steel columns at our plants in Burgum and Veendam, we know more about the market than anyone else. This applies both to the Netherlands and far beyond. Our expertise translates into clear offers, meticulous engineering and a clear and detailed designing process. Our extensive experience has long since enabled us to create a perfect balance between the production of large and small batches to specification. Our production process is carbon-neutral and is used by an enthusiastic team of highly motivated employees to deliver top quality products with an excellent price/quality ratio. The characteristic no-nonsense approach of our entire organisation contributes to short delivery times. Every day, experts demonstrate their passion for perfection by producing exactly the columns our customers need!


production facility in Veendam

PMF also operates outside the Netherlands. PMF is often involved in some of the finest projects in Europe and far beyond for the design, manufacture and supply of steel columns, something of which we are justifiably proud.

Naturally we have a NEN-EN-ISO 9001-certified quality management system. Our environmental management system is NEN-EN-ISO 14001-certified, and our steel columns are manufactured under our CE NEN-EN 40-5 certification. All welders are NEN-EN 287 and/or NEN-EN 1418-certified, and each welded joint is recorded and tested pursuant to the NEN-EN 15609 and NEN-EN 15614 standards.

veelzijdig, maatwerk, kwaliteitCSR
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is one of the pillars on which all PMF business operations rest. Read more about our CSR policy here.

PMF is registered as a committee member of the Netherlands Standardization Institute under number 353 075. This national committee consists of various stakeholders (manufacturers, utility companies, road administrators, etc.) who, on a daily basis, are involved in lampposts as a product. The periodically  convened meetings are used to develop and adopt new standards and to review existing ones. The official Dutch viewpoints on major issues are convened to the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) via the Netherlands Standardization Institute.

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31 jul

PMF is exhibitor at the Innotrans 2018 exhibition in Berlin

PMF will participate as exhibitor at the Innotrans exhibition in Berlin. This event will take place in Messe Berlin from Tuesday 18th until and include 21th September 2018. You are more than welcome in Hall 26 stand 228.

31 jul

PMF holidays – summer 2018

The sales offices and production facilities in Burgum and Veendam are closed until and include Sunday 26th August 2018. From Monday 27th August 2018, we are more than happy to answer all your questions. We wish you a pleasant summer!

08 jan

PMF Steel Poles is exhibitor at the Light + Building 2018 in Frankfurt am Main

PMF Steel Poles is exhibitor at the international exhibition Light + Building. From 18th till 23th March 2018, the Light + Building will take place in Frankfurt am Main. The Light + Building is the biggest international exhibition for lighting. In hall 5.0, you will find the most important suppliers with products for street lighting and outdoor lighting. You are very welcome…