In 1937 Kees van Bodegraven started trading in all sorts of electrical engineering materials in Rotterdam. During the occupation he was forced to hand everything over to the Germans. But that did not result in idleness. On the contrary. The attic on the Noordereiland in Rotterdam was refurbished, tables and chairs were purchased and a training centre was born. Four nights per week Van Bodegraven Sr. taught with a firm hand. His educational methods led to 100% graduation results for the national VEV-exams. Many foremen of nowadays large companies like GTI (now Cofely), and R&H, now Imtech Marine learned their trade there.

His son Ton van Bodegraven was a businessman with a clear and modern vision and he dared to take risks. He knew exactly what was needed to grow the business. He summarised this in three words: "money, time and space". From his arrival in the company in 1962 it grew steadily.

In the mean time Van Bodegraven Elektromotoren has grown out to a business with a large stock of squirel cage- ,DC motors and transformers stored in more than 7500m2. In Dordrecht now ther third generation, Frank van Bodegraven, is at the helm of the company with a profound knowledge of the business and solid experience. You as the client can benefit.