History

Counting since 1949

History

The Cremer company was founded in 1948 by Fred Cremer, who invented and developed the first electro-mechanical counting machine for the Dutch flower bulb industry. His machine was an instant success that started a technical revolution in the bulb industry which -until then- was fully dependant on human labour for the counting and packing of flower bulbs.

In the early 50’s, Fred Cremer started developing other machines that would automate the processing of flower bulbs even further. The success of his business and his commitment to his customers made him decide to move 250 kilometres away from his hometown to the centre of the flower bulb region: Lisse, where he and his family started a new life.

Working in his garage on refining his invention, Fred saw the potential of a counting machine that could not just count flower bulbs, but any kind of product. As a result of his dedication and commitment, in 1963 the first electronic product counting machine was introduced to the world. The electronic counter was much more versatile and soon found its way to confectionery producers and other industries. With each year the company and the number of employees grew, and Cremer machines were already being shipped to countries worldwide. In 1978, his son Fred Cremer jr. started working in his father’s company and eventually took over the business in 1985.

In the mid 80’s, the Cremer company expanded its range of customers to the pharmaceutical industry and by then had become market leader in the development of fully customized counting and packaging systems for both food and non-food industries.

Cremer has always been a family-owned business, until 2017, when the company was integrated into another family-owned business; the Germany based Uhlmann Group which is an established name in the world of high-end pharmaceutical packaging.

Technology and innovation are, as they have been for over 70 years, our core competences and the key to improving our global market position. We seek to develop top solutions which will inspire the market and allow us to provide our clients with the best possible counting and packaging solutions for their product.

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