The acquisition of MAES was completed in May, nothing will change for day-to-day operations, staff and customers. Day-to-day management will be in the hands of the new CEO Gilbert van Rens. He has been active at MAES since 2017.
Hametha itself also has about 175 filling stations under the name De Haan in the Netherlands and is an important player in the storage of fuels and chemicals, under the name Standic. The company has approximately 1,250 employees and will support the Belgian branch of MAES in future growth and in the transition that will take place in the world of fuels.
Pioneer in unmanned pumps
Jef Maes started the company MAES in 1965 in Bornem with the sale of lubricating oil to garages and companies. Later he also started to supply fuel oil to private individuals. In the 1970s, the first gas station was added and it steadily became a pioneer in unmanned, automatic pumps.
Dirk was the first to come on board in the 1980s and was followed a little later by his brother Luc. They steadily expanded the network in filling stations until they accelerated in 2013 when they immediately took over about forty ESSO stations. A few years later, another momentum followed when they took over the 156 OCTA+ stations.
Thanks to the acquisition of Hametha, MAES can continue its growth.