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New building, additional parking and ... Pavilion with artillery shells: Deme invests millions in the headquarters in Zwijndrecht (Zwijndrecht)

New building, additional parking and … Pavilion with artillery shells: Deme invests millions in the headquarters in Zwijndrecht (Zwijndrecht)

This is what Zwijndrecht’s new Deme suite will look like. © Dim

Shelf and green energy company Deme will invest millions of euros in its headquarters in Zwijndrecht. One of the banners is a new pavilion, where all kinds of things will be on display, like cannonballs that Diem dug while dredging.

Christoph Willock

Diem officially laid the foundation stone for a new wing on Wednesday. From the 2023 construction leave, visitors can be received there by invitation. So you can’t just walk there. The pavilion will be open only to receive students or foreign delegations, for example, or during the open corporate day.

“In the booth, we’ll be showing all kinds of things, like ship bells, ship models, pictures, and cannonballs that we excavated during the dredging work,” says Luc Vandenbulcke, Deme’s general manager. “Visitors will be able to carry these things. There will be videos of the tasks we do outside, such as installing foundations for wind farms.”

Luke Vandenbolke, General Manager of Diem.

Luke Vandenbolke, General Manager of Diem. “This investment symbolizes the berthing of Demi in the port of Antwerp and in Zwendrecht.” © DEME / Wim Kempenaers

Docking in the port of Antwerp

In addition to the new wing, Deme is also installing a new employee parking lot (most of whom drive electric cars), with the new Deme Labs building above it, where employees can collaborate on projects. In addition, the oldest buildings in Dim, which date back to 1976, are also being renovated.

Diem does not specify the size of the investment, but emphasizes that it relates to “millions of euros”. “This investment symbolizes the mooring of Demi in the port of Antwerp and in Zwendrecht,” says Luc Vandenbolke.

net profit increase

Deme saw its net profit increase by 12.9% in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, to €39.5 million. But it suffers from high material prices and high fuel costs. At the head office in Zwijndrecht, Deme was less affected by high energy costs thanks to its two large wind turbines. “As a result, during the year we produce more energy than we consume,” Vandenbolke says.

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