History of Royal Dutch Kusters

This is our story

Royal Dutch Kusters was founded in 1911 by Handerie Kusters. It was the start of a successful family business. In the more than hundred years that Royal Dutch Kusters has been in existence, entrepreneurship and innovation has always been at the core of the company.

Entrepreneurial spirit is in our family blood — it is something we were brought up with. We have experienced many successes, as well as many setbacks. The fourth generation is facing the challenge of learning from the past and having the perseverance and the ambition to make new dreams a reality. 

Read our full history 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 involved in both the research & development as well as the engineering & production of innovative systems that have been designed for the future for environmental, economic, technical and security reasons. Every system is entirely engineered and produced at Kusters' manufacturing facilities in Venlo, The Netherlands.
Customer focus, proven technology
Total customer care and commitment to excellence are Kusters' mission. On this prestigious foundation Kusters supplies superior systems that are based on a proven technology.
Project management
Important steps in any project are: marketing and sales, supervision / engineering / project management, production / testing / factory acceptance and training, packaging and shipping, installation and commissioning, comprehensive training on site, operational and maintenance manuals, site acceptance, guarantee, service and maintenance, operational and maintenance spares.