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177 years of innovation – Celebrating our parent company Royal APOLLO Group


177th anniversary Ryson celebration anniversaryAs we celebrate the 177th anniversary of the Royal Apollo Group, Ryson proudly commemorates the remarkable journey of our parent company. It is a journey characterized by innovation, resilience, and a relentless commitment to excellence.

In order to celebrate this anniversary with our partners around the globe, we organized a little breakfast at the Ryson office.

A little insight into the history of the Royal Apollo Group

The story of Royal Apollo traces back to the late 1840s. Initially, the first generation of the Van den Pol family laid the foundation with a humble blacksmith shop in the Netherlands. Over the generations, the family’s dedication and vision propelled the company forward, shaping it into the global powerhouse it is today.

In the late ’90s, Apollo introduced a revolutionary machine—the Spiral Conveyor—which further solidified its position as an industry innovator.

The Ryson plant in Yorktown, VA

Apollo’s & Ryson’s partnership

The Spiral Conveyors revolutionized numerous markets across the globe. Then, in 2007 Apollo, in collaboration with its longstanding sister company Ryson, established a production facility in Yorktown, VA.

Ryson had previously operated as a business, supplying Apollo Spirals to the American market. Specializing in Spiral Conveyors and Bucket Elevators, Ryson International Inc. brought its expertise and experience to the joint venture, further enhancing Apollo’s capabilities in serving customers worldwide.

Claudia Van den Pol – our CEO

Claudia takes over

In 2016, the CEO at that time passed the torch to his daughter, Claudia Van den Pol. Her energy, drive, and vision have propelled Apollo toward its long-term goals, building upon the strong foundation laid by previous generations. The same year witnessed the establishment of Apollo VTS Asia Ltd. in Thailand—a strategic move to strengthen Apollo’s presence in the Asia Pacific market. Subsequent expansions in Shanghai and Pune underscored Apollo’s commitment to global growth and customer satisfaction.

Ryson – Part of the Royal APOLLO Group

Then, in 2021, Royal Apollo Group took another leap forward by acquiring its long-time US sister company, Ryson International. This strategic move further solidified Apollo’s position as a truly global organization, enhancing its ability to serve customers worldwide.

As we reflect on 177 years of innovation and achievement, Ryson is proud to be part of the Royal Apollo Group family. Additionally, we extend our deepest gratitude to the visionary leaders, dedicated employees, and loyal customers who have contributed to this extraordinary journey. Let’s keep embracing the present and shaping the future together!

Happy 177th Anniversary, Royal Apollo Group!