Heading for a sustainable future together

Heading for a sustainable future together

An entirely sustainable energy supply, that is the ambition of the Dutch government. In 2018, only 7,4% of the power came from a sustainable source. In 2030, the sustainable energy share should be 27% already and in 2050, energy supply should be almost completely sustainable. An ambitious goal! Royal Smit Transformers B.V. intends to actively contribute to that sustainability objective.

Royal Smit Transformers (part of the SGB-SMIT Group) engineers, produces, and installs large power transformers. It’s a sound global player that is doing well in a competitive market. The company produces transformers with the highest load, up to no less than 800kV/1200MVA (MW). For many years, Wagenborg Nedlift has been a partner for the transport of transformers.  



Fit for the future

Niek Vehreschild, Transport Manager at Royal Smit Transformers, explains: “We don’t produce energy ourselves, but we certainly make a major contribution to the generation of renewable energy. Besides heavy-load transformers, we also design and manufacture highly innovative shunt reactors, which make it possible to absorb fluctuations in renewable energy networks. Our shunt reactors have a special type of ‘gapped’ core, which results in a significantly more efficient manufacturing process.” 

Mr Vehreschild’s answer is very clear when he’s asked whether the company expects increased demand for shunt reactors of this type: “Definitely! There’s an increased demand for alternative energy sources, especially within the EU, such as wind and solar energy. This results in an increased demand for this type of reactor too. With innovative technology and efficient production methods we can meet that growing demand,” he adds


Sustainable production

“But it’s not just with our shunt reactors that we’re contributing to the sustainable provision of energy. Sustainability also plays an important role in the manufacture of all our products. For example, we mainly opt for reusable materials and we pay a great deal of attention to minimising energy losses. All this is in line with the EU’s EcoDesign Directive”, says Vehreschild.  

Cooperation Royal Smit - Wagenborg Nedlift

About the collaboration between Royal Smit Transformers and Wagenborg Nedlift, Niek Vehreschild says: “Our transformers have a transport weight ranging from 80 tonnes up  to 350 tonnes. It’s very important that they’re transported properly and safely. Safety and quality are priorities for us, the same as they are for Wagenborg. It’s something we have in common.


Wagenborg Nedlift has top-class project planning and engineering departments and skilled and experienced staff, resulting in a positive contribution to implementing our projects effectively and safely. It also means that Wagenborg Nedlift can help us avoid failure costs, which ultimately leads to financial benefit.” 

About Royal SMIT Transformers

Royal Smit Transformers engineers, produces and installs machine transformers, distribution transformers, phase shifters and reactors in her up-to-date production facility in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Royal SMIT’s transformers belong to the largest worldwide. Growing with the challenge, believing in the progress of development and designing the perfect transformer for every customer have been the key mottos of our company philosophy for more than 100 years.


Royal SMIT Transformers B.V. is part of the SGB-SMIT Group with headquarter in Regensburg, Germany and companies in Germany, the USA, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Romania, the Czech Republic, India, China, South Africa and France. Worldwide, SGB-SMIT Group develops and produces power transformers ranging from 50 kVA up to 1.200 MVA. Professionalism, experience, technical know-how, efficiency and reliability are key mottos of SGB-SMIT Group.

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