History of Royal Dutch Kusters Engineering

This is our story

The 1st generation
Royal Dutch Kusters Engineering was founded in 1911 by Handerie Kusters, marking the beginning of a successful family business. Throughout its more than hundred-year existence, entrepreneurship and innovation have remained central to the company's ethos.

The 2nd generation
When Harrie Kusters assumed control of the business on January 1, 1950, he brought a dynamic and forward-thinking approach. Like his father, Harrie was a skilled craftsman, but he also embraced the role of entrepreneur, constantly seeking new products and markets.

The 3rd generation
By the time the third generation took over in 1979, the company had evolved into a structured organization focused on further development. Innovation remained a priority, reflecting the family's deep-rooted entrepreneurial spirit.

The 4th generation
Today, entrepreneurship remains integral to our family's identity. We've encountered successes and setbacks alike, and now the fourth generation faces the challenge of building upon our legacy, learning from the past, and pursuing new dreams with determination and ambition.

Discover more about our journey in our book 'One Hundred Years of Balance'.


Kusters - 100 years of balance


Handerie Kusters starts as a blacksmith on the Zuidsingel in Venlo, the Netherlands.

Handerie is succeeded by his son, Harrie (Sr.) and the factory moved to the Veegtes in Venlo, the Netherlands
The third generation takes the helm and first developments in waste technologies.
Kusters supplies the first machine for the destruction of banknotes, banknote printing waste and postage stamps.
Kusters concentrates on the unfit banknote handling market with its Currency Disintegrators and Online Briquetting Systems.
Kusters celebrates its’ 100-year anniversary and is awarded with the Royal Dutch title by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands

Development of the new circular and biobased economy recycling solutions

Royal Dutch Kusters Engineering - manufacture of innovative systems

Project philosophy

Original Equipment Manufacturer

Kusters is actively engaged in both research and development, as well as engineering and production, of innovative systems designed for future needs in environmental, economic, technical and security aspects. Each system is fully engineered and manufactured at Kusters' facilities in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Customer focus, proven technology
Total customer care and commitment to excellence are at the core of Kusters' values. With a strong focus on delivering exceptional service and top-notch quality, we are dedicated to providing cutting-edge systems that utilize the latest in proven technology. 
Project management
Essential project phases encompass marketing and sales, supervision, engineering and project management, production, testing and factory acceptance, along with training, packaging, and shipping, installation and commissioning. Comprehensive on-site training, operational and maintenance manuals, site acceptance, guarantee, service and maintenance, as well as spare parts provision, complete the project cycle.