APOLLO 175 years

As the APOLLO Group celebrates their 175th birthday, they get to wear the Royal Crown!

In February 2022, the APOLLO Group not only celebrates their 175th birthday but also officially carries the title ‘Royal APOLLO’ Group


The predicate announces an acknowledgment from the King of Holland – For having a good reputation and symbolizes the respect, valuation, and trust of the King. An impeccable reputation and financial stability are mandatory to receive this honor.

To be eligible for such a distinguished honor, an organization must hold a highly prominent position within its field, be of national significance, and have been in existence for at least a hundred years. The size of the company, its operational management, its workforce, and its revenue are all taken into account. The King of Holland himself is the only entity authorized to confer this designation.
This distinguished title fits like a crown on the core values which we have held high since the first-generation ‘van den Pol’. CONTINUITY… It is what has made the APOLLO Group as strong as it is today.

With Claudia van den Pol (sixth generation) at the head of the company, the APOLLO Group has grown in recent years into an international company in a niche market. With production sites in Coevorden, Thailand, and the United States, sales offices, and service centers in China and India, it can serve the entire world. This predicate has unprecedented added value and prestige for the APOLLO Group. The inclusion of the Royal Crown in the logo and the addition of ‘Royal’ has international allure and can benefit future ties with new partners and customers all over the world.

The long history of Apollo and all the generations of employees contributed to make this Royal honor happen in 2022. We continuously move people, the market, and of course, our products. We at the Royal APOLLO Group are very proud and thankful for this honor. Our mission statement is “Always Moving Forward”, and we hope in the future to get the whole world moving!

For many years the Royal APOLLO Group makes sure that brands like Coca-Cola and Tesla roll through their factories by using APOLLO machines. In February 2022 Royal APOLLO reached the milestone of 175 years in business. It is one of the oldest Dutch family businesses, in the hands of the family van den Pol for 6 generations.

Woman in a man’s world

6 years ago Claudia took over the company, after several different functions within the family company. With her clear vision, she was able to take the company to a higher level. Now she is traveling around the world half of the time. The international company has branches from Shanghai to the United States. Everywhere Claudia makes a presence she is noticed. She is a very welcome partner in this predominantly man-dominated market. She confidently proclaims: “Together with all our fantastic employees, I am planning to conquer the world”.

The most well-known brands over our conveyors

The diversity in our product range makes it that everybody, without actually knowing it, has an affiliation with Royal APOLLO Group on a daily basis. The M&M’s which you ate went through a Bucket Elevator, the Amazon and Picnic parcels went over our Spiral Conveyors to eventually find your home. Royal APOLLO Group designs and sells these transportation systems for the food and beverage industries as well as e-commerce, warehousing, and internal logistics. Our machines transport products horizontally, and from top to bottom through factories.

175 years of growth

The company started in 1847 as a blacksmith in Nijkerk. Now, years later, the company has more than 200 employees and the multinational company is based in Coevorden where half of all our employees work with passion on the machines. In charge of Royal APOLLO Group, Claudia opened a production facility in Thailand in 2017. Royal APOLLO also opened a sales office in China in 2017 and in India 2020. Now they both have a service center also. In 2021 Ryson International (North and South America) was also added to the Group. Presently, the Royal APOLLO Group is working on further expansion and Royal APOLLO Group is looking forward to the next 175 Years!