Arjen de Jong appointed as Managing Director of Van Kempen Koudetechniek

Date: 30-01-2023

Arjen de Jong (52) has been appointed as Managing Director of Van Kempen Koudetechniek with effect from January 1. With a history of 75 years, Van Kempen has grown into a leading manufacturer of cooling systems for the agricultural sector, industry and non-residential construction. Van Kempen has 125 employees and realizes projects at leading companies such as Aartsen, De Groot, Euro Frigo, Lidl, Royal Flora Holland and The Greenery. Since 2020, the company has been part of technical service provider Unica.

More than 15 years of experience as managing director

After obtaining his degree in Business Administration from Eindhoven University of Technology, Arjen de Jong has gained extensive experience over the past 15 years as a general manager at distinctive companies in the wholesale and manufacturing industry in a high-tech environment. Since 2008, he has been general manager at EWS in Geldrop (2008-2013), Axxicon in Son (2013-2021) and from 2021-2022 of CoreDux in Tilburg.


With his experience and expertise, Arjen will mainly focus on expanding the customer portfolio at Van Kempen, on the development and market introduction of new solutions and maintaining the lead in quality and technology. Arjen succeeds Jan Vliet van Zante, who, after a career of 40 years at Van Kempen, including as managing director since 2008, has decided to phase out his business activities.

Arjen de Jong explains his appointment: “The added value of refrigeration technology is becoming increasingly important for many markets and applications. The demand for sustainable systems in particular is increasing enormously. I look forward to leading and developing this distinctive company. Of course, while maintaining the focus on the family culture and attention to our employees. I would also like to thank Jan Vliet van Zante for his great contribution during four decades at the company and wish him a lot of fun in the new phase of his life.”

About Van Kempen Koudetechniek

Van Kempen Koudetechniek designs, realizes and manages cooling, air and heating technology for the agricultural sector, industry and non-residential construction with its 125 employees. Sustainability and low energy costs in combination with an optimally controlled climate are the starting point for the services and the solutions, often developed in-house. Since its founding in 1947, Van Kempen has grown into one of the leading specialists in industrial refrigeration technology in our country.

Van Kempen has been part of technical service provider Unica since December 2020. Refrigeration technology has an important place in the Unica Industry Solutions cluster, where all industrial technical services are concentrated. Industry peer PCT Koudetechniek is also part of this. Van Kempen operates within the Unica network under its own name and from its own establishment in Tiel. With more than 3,500 employees, Unica is one of the largest technical service providers in the Netherlands.

For further information:

Van Kempen Koudetechniek

Arjen de Jong, managing director

Tel. 0344- 634 884