The Riwal story
The Riwal story
The Riwal story is a story of nearly continual growth and evolution dating back to 1968. That was the year that Dick Schalekamp Sr. established Richards & Wallington International, the Dutch-based division of British crane rental firm Richards & Wallington. Twelve years later, Dick Schalekamp assumed sole ownership of the Dutch company.
Passing the torch
The scope of operations was expanded by creating a separate company in 1986 specialising in the rental of aerial work platforms. That firm, Riwal Lift (the name comes from the first letters of Richards and Wallington) was the forerunner of the current Riwal.
In 1989, Dick Schalekamp Sr. passed the leadership torch of the company to his sons.
In 1998, thirty years after the founding of Richards & Wallington International, both cranes and aerial work platforms were brought together in a new unified company – Riwal. The company prospered, growing to become the fifth largest crane rental company in the Netherlands, but until 2001, it remained primarily a Dutch firm, rarely venturing outside of its home base.
That began to change dramatically with the establishment of Riwal Scandinavia in Denmark in 2001. A period of steady expansion ensued with Riwal putting roots down all across Europe, and setting up operations as well in the Middle East, India, and Kazakhstan. Currently, Riwal has operations in 16 countries, with a footprint that includes 57 depots.
Recent years have seen a number of changes, beginning in 2007 with Riwal exiting the crane rental business to focus exclusively on aerial work platforms. In 2012 Riwal appointed Norty Turner as CEO and at the beginning of 2013, Dick Schalekamp Jr. left Riwal after 25 years at the helm. The company is now fully owned by ProDelta, a Dutch-based real estate and investment firm.
The Riwal Way
To realize its ambition to deliver the best customer experience in the industry, Riwal has embraced a business approach that incorporates best practices within and outside the organization. It is delivering a continually improving offer of quality and service for its customers wherever they are operating worldwide. This approach, aptly named The Riwal Way, has been transforming Riwal’s operations since 2013.