Bilfinger Tebodin B.V.

Our History

Our history

Bilfinger Tebodin was founded and established in the period of post-war reconstruction (1945) in The Hague in the Netherlands by Mr. Frederik van Iterson. The economic milestones of the times were of importance for our development: reconstruction after the Second World War, decade of booming business, era of environmental awareness, internationalization, and the new millennium. We have always developed along with clients' needs and we grew into more mature and dynamic partners with each economic cycle. 

By anticipating technological and market development, we built up a reputation of excellence in the Netherlands, before taking the steps abroad, starting with Abu Dhabi in 1974. 

The company name TEBODIN is an abbreviation for N.V. Nederlandsch Technisch Bureau voor Ontwikkeling der Industrie (in English: Dutch Technical Agency for the Development of Industries). The name describes the original objectives: to make an active contribution to the technical and economic development of the post-war Netherlands. 

Today, we are thriving in a wide range of market sectors all over the world. We still cherish the entrepreneurial spirit which has characterized us from the very beginning with a constant effort to help clients with the best response to change.

History of Bilfinger Tebodin

1950 – 1960 - National reconstruction

From a one-person venture starting in 1945, the business soon grew. The projects in the start-up period were mainly centered on gas and steel. It was Van Iterson’s expertise that lead to the insight that the energy supply for heat and cooking should change from local generation (in gas plants) to central production distributed via pipelines.
Amongst Bilfinger Tebodin’s first designs were a cokes gas plant in Vlaardingen – the first central gas plant – the transport of earth foam by means of tipper wagons, and the renovation of the gas holder in Amsterdam.
In the fifties the construction of the basic industries as economic driving force of the Netherlands had priority with a number of companies who were pioneers. Due to the fast expanding order portfolio, the number of engineers increased to 130 employees in 1960. As a result of the relations of various clients with the authorities in Curacao, Bilfinger Tebodin got involved in the large overseas project: water plant Mundo Nobo.

1960 – 1970 – Natural gas

Practically from the beginning, Bilfinger Tebodin was involved in the development of natural gas. The discovering of the gas field in the north of the Netherlands resulted in a boom of activities – hundreds of kilometers of transport pipelines.
The sixties showed a variety of projects: from a coffee-roasting house to a glass wool insulation plant and from a welded steel bridge and the building of reactor in Petten to the air conditioning installations of the Technical college in the east of the Netherlands.
All these projects created a basis for a multi-disciplinary consultancy and engineering firm.

1970 – 1980 – Oil crisis

Because of the oil crisis in 1973 reserved investment policies were made by the industries which lead to fine tuning of production processes and the adjustment of installations were preferred to new constructions in the industry. In many fields the crisis worked as source of inspiration. A nice example was the construction of the oil production platform in the North Sea.
The increasing flow of money towards the Middle East led to the start of activities in United Arab Emirates. After various water and gas transport projects, Tebodin Middle East Ltd. was established.

1980 – 1990 - Environment

Industrial investments focused more and more on environmental aspects. The refinement of products and processes was one of the solutions to the strict environmental requirements defined by the government. District heating was introduced, local oil fields were further developed, and various flue gas treatment installations were developed. In the civil discipline the more sophisticated design of building installations appeared to be a large contribution to energy saving.
In 1985 the number of employees reached with 1,000 a milestone.

1990 – 2000 – European home base

The fall of the Iron Curtain involved and enormous demand of knowledge in former East Germany and the Central and Eastern Europe countries, and many business relocated elsewhere in Europe or beyond. As a consequence, Bilfinger Tebodin broaden its network by opening offices in countries like Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland.
The EU membership of many countries lead to projects for exchanging knowledge in the fields of energy, environment and water technology.  With more than half of its 2,000 employees working in offices outside the Netherlands, Bilfinger Tebodin made Europe as its home base.

2000 – 2010 – Global business partner

In the first year of the new century, Bilfinger Tebodin strengthened its knowledge base and position in Central and Eastern Europe. There was a strong growth of the automotive sector, chemical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food industries.

In the Middle East, a big contract from PDO in Oman led to a new office in Muscat. Together with STS, Tebodin scored a big Engineering and Maintenance Contract (EMC) from PDO for 7 years. Also offices were established in Qatar, India and Saudi Arabia and a second office in Oman (Sohar) followed later.

Bilfinger Tebodin started in the Asia Pacific region – in China - in 2004. Since then a rapid growth has been seen. With offices in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Singapore, and Myanmar a variety of international and local operating clients are served. In 2005, Bilfinger Tebodin secured a large assignment. A lump-sum turnkey project for underground gas storage, involving about 100,000 man hours.

For most organizations worldwide, 2009 was a difficult year. At the same time, the world crisis offers opportunities and markets with large potential. Bilfinger Tebodin increased its sales efforts and improved its inter office cooperation bringing a lot of new clients. The company even started in new countries: in Vietnam and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Oil & Gas and Energy sector offers opportunities and underground gas storage projects became a niche for Bilfinger Tebodin. In view of the coming European Football Championships in 2012, that took place in Poland and Ukraine, Bilfinger Tebodin was busy with many infrastructure projects.

2010 and beyond - part of Bilfinger

In the Asia Pacific region, Bilfinger Tebodin showed a rapid growth with new offices in various countries. With the expansion of the office network, Bilfinger Tebodin was able to serve an increasing number of international operating clients with a broad scope of consultancy and engineering services.
A number of significant framework agreements was signed. In Oman, the joint venture Special Technical Services (STS) and Bilfinger Tebodin were awarded the Engineering and Mainte-nance Contract (EMC) North by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). In the Netherlands, NAM and aQuaintance signed a 5-year contract for the engineering, procurement and implementation of all NAM onshore projects. aQuaintance is a new created company with Cofely, Bilfinger Tebodin and A.Hak Leidingbouw as shareholders. In Belgium, Bilfinger Tebodin signed a long-term framework agreement with BASF for plant  changes in Belgium.

Sustainability’ became more and more an important topic within the industrial markets. More often, clients are taken responsibility for their environment and so did Bilfinger Tebodin. Based on the broad experiences, Bilfinger Tebodin was able to support companies by improving the sustainable values of its services and offering innovative smart and sustainable solutions. Examples of projects are: wind energy and, biomass projects in Central Europe, energy savings project for steel plants in Ukraine, Cradle to Cradle certification projects mainly in North West Europe and LEED/BREEAM certification projects worldwide.

In April 2012 the consultants and engineers became part of Bilfinger, an international industrial services provider. The activities of both companies were a good match in many ways. Being part of Bilfinger offers Bilfinger Tebodin’s clients an interesting platform that offers a broad scope of services. On January 1, 2014, Bilfinger Tebodin changed its visual identity to show being a Bilfinger company.

The operations in the Asia Pacific region were sold to Archetype in 2016. The multidisciplinary construction
consultancy, established in 2002 in Vietnam, reinforces their market presence in various countries in Asia Pacific region.

In 2018, the company name changes into Bilfinger Tebodin. This name change emphasizes that the company is an integral part of Bilfinger. Based on a long-standing reputation as global inde-pendent consultants and engineers, with local execution, Bilfinger Tebodin fulfils an essential key role in Bilfinger’s overall strategy. With a strong focus on the further development of its global business, Bilfinger Tebodin can offer their customers a broader range of services. Making ideas work.