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National Day of the Entrepreneur

17-11-2023


Entrepreneurs Bart Kranz & Ko Hermans

In 2024, Olympic will celebrate its 10th anniversary since its founding by entrepreneurs Bart Kranz and Dr. Ko Hermans. Bart, with a background in Industrial Engineering & Business and Ko, with a background in Chemical Engineering, and a passion for acrylic chemistry, came together to develop the concept of tapes.

Their paths first crossed at the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where they collaborated on a startup project. Despite being in different groups, they shared a common trait – a dedicated work ethic. They were the first to arrive and the last to leave. This dedication persisted even after completing their studies, maintaining their connection.

The idea of starting a business together eventually emerged, leading to the creation of an innovative technique to reduce reflection in the layers of solar panels. This successful venture was sold to a Dutch listed multinational in 2013.

Following this success, Bart proposed a new venture: developing an ultra-strong duct tape. After testing the market with this new idea, it soon became apparent that the market needed something else – adhesive and Acrylic Foam tape with an innovative character. Thus, Olympic Bonding was born, initially focusing on Acrylic Foam Tapes and later expanding to include Thermal Conductive Tapes and Pads. The primary goal was to assist customers comprehensively, from product development to production.

In 2018, CCL Industries extended an offer to Olympic, resulting in the formation of CCL Olympic. The acquisition by CCL brought credibility, reliability, and an international network of contacts. CCL Industries provided a logical progression for Olympic, maintaining entrepreneurship, decision-making skills, and creativity within the company.

Now, with a dedicated team at CCL Olympic, we are ready for the future. Here's to the next 10 years of innovation and success.

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