Drijfhout history

History of IAM Drijfhout

The current IAM Drijfhout is a continuation of the in the Netherlands well known Drijfhout which has been active in the precious metal industry since 1827. Where Cookson Drijfhout mainly focuses on jewellers, I.A.M. Drijfhout specialises in industrial, analytical and medical applications with precious metals. A young team, with ample experience in the aforementioned applications is at your service. Take a look at our history since 1827.

Drijfhout history


In 1827, Hans Halbes Drijfhout opened a goldsmith shop in Balk, the Netherlands. The shop and workshop were built directly next to Hans’ house.

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The family business was taken over by son, Halbe Drijfhout, continued by grandson Willem Halbes Drijfhout. In 1883, Willem opened a small factory in an old school building elsewhere in Balk.

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Drijfhout continued to grow and Willem Halbes Drijfhout moved the business to Amsterdam in 1886, thus changing the name to H. Drijfhout & Zn.

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Over the years, the production processes were further automated, and in 1912, the iconic building and former theatre at the Nes in Amsterdam was purchased.

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Until today, the engraving ‘H. Drijfhout & Zn’ is present above the entrance on the building at the Nes.

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In 1927, Drijfhout was acquired by the French company Comptoir Lyon Alemand, but remained to operate independently under the name of Drijfhout.

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Drijfhout moved to the South-East of Amsterdam and was acquired by the German company Heraeus.

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In 2016, Drijfhout becomes fully independent and moved to Utrecht. Nowadays, at the Tennesseedreef it focusses on the Industrial, Analytical, and Medical market and changes its name correspondingly to IAM Drijfhout.

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