Photo: Remco H. Valk (left), Fons Smits (centre) and Anton Smits (right) with the very first Valk Welding robot.
A leap of faith
In 1979, a welding robot was something quite unique. Remco H. Valk explains why: "We had many customers in the metalworking industry who were already interested in a robot, but they did not have the products for it or did not dare to invest in it." As a manufacturer of smaller series, Kemi took that first leap, guaranteeing the required precision for certain complex products. Fons Smits adds: "We had a vision back then: if you can automate, you should not hesitate. That was definitely something for those times.”