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Roland Werk via Westerneng to Buzaglo

December 21, 2018

ALMERE - Buzaglo announced this week that the activities of the Fa. Westerneng will take over. This mainly concerns the sale and distribution of Roland Werk bicycle trailers and wheels, which until recently was still represented by Piet van Zalinge.

In recent years, Piet van Zalinge has mainly worked for Roland Werk GmbH.

Buzaglo will continue the activities of Westerneng BV from 1 January 2019. “It will be a challenge to do that in the same cozy way, but the intention is certainly there to represent Roland Werk GmbH in a good way and to expand the activities where possible,” says Buzaglo director Frank Konijn. "Piet is still present for the time being to hand over his work as well as possible and to provide the entire bicycle trade with a cheerful note."

20 BIKE BELLS FOR ONE KILO OF APPLES | In a letter sent to Buzaglo's relations, Frank goes back in time to keep the historical awareness around the Firma Westerneng up to standard. “In the 1950s, trade with East Germany was mainly done through barter. For example, the Westerneng company from North Holland was able to exchange bicycle parts for fruit and vegetables supplied by the Van Zalinge company from Hoorn. 20 bicycle bells for a kilo of apples. Over time, Firma Westerneng was taken over by Firma van Zalinge and so Piet van Zalinge's father went to East Germany and spokes, hubs, chains, pumps and bells were exchanged for Dutch apples, pears and vegetables. No order is recorded without a happy note.”

PASSION AND HUMOR | In the early 1970s, Van Zalinge, together with the then bookkeeper Sieb de Wolf, took over Firma Westerneng from his father. Sieb de Wolf retired in 2005, but Piet has continued it with a lot of passion and humor to this day. “If the trade cannot be done in a pleasant and honest way, then Piet is not at home,” says Frank. “For every wheel that is sold, there is a joke or a nice anecdote about his latest adventures. . A super nice company that produces a wide variety of good quality bicycle wheels and bicycle trailers. Also say goodbye with a smile.”
According to Frank, Piet finds it extremely difficult, but the time has come for him to put an end to it. “We have reached agreement on this in good and pleasant consultation.”