Royal Ahrend operates its sales offices in more than 20 countries, including China, Russia, and Dubai, through a portfolio of four well-recognised brands: Ahrend, Gispen, Presikhaaf, and Techo.
Royal Ahrend is a pioneer in the field of circular furnishing and the first to fully meet the Cradle to Cradle philosophy. The transition towards a circular economy has been integrated into its business for more than 25 years, and the company believes that sustainability is about acting together. Royal Ahrend meets the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Programme, stimulates reuse of its products, uses healthy non-toxic powder coatings, and is ahead of schedule to close the production loop by 2020.
Royal Ahrend and Presikhaaf Companies signed a long-term social enterprise collaboration with the objective to give people who do not actively participate in the labour market a perspective for work again. Their mission is to educate as many children as possible in the Netherlands about the circular economy. Therefore, Royal Ahrend and The Dutch foundation Stichting Duurzaam Geleerd set up ‘Our Circular Future’. This initiative educates students and teachers in circular entrepreneurship through circular curricula.
Royal Ahrend’s goal is to close the loop by 2020. To realise this, they will continue C2C-optimisation and will develop tools to manage the (supply) chain. In 2016, Royal Ahrend’s InnovationLAB launched the first Self Aware Products. The furniture is equipped with chips and sensors that monitor the use and condition. This gives insights into materials, parts streams, and product flows. The information output results in better communication, longer lifespan, reduction of material usage and optimal recycling.
Another activity to close the loop is the establishment of Ahrend Re-Use BV. Ahrend Re-Use pro-actively takes back used furniture. Depending on the condition, the returned furniture is renovated and reused. Because Royal Ahrend furniture is designed to be modular, each separate component can also be reused. These activities are a small selection of all the activities of Royal Ahrend that lead to closing the loop.