Koninklijke Metaalunie is the largest Dutch employers'
organization for small and medium-sized enterprises active in the metal
industry. The more than 15,000 affiliated members offer work to
approximately 180,000 employees and jointly represent a turnover of more
than 35 billion euros.
Metaalunie focuses its activities on companies active in the metal
industry in different sectors such as machine and equipment
construction, the manufacture of metals, measuring and control
technology, electronics, engineering, welding and construction work,
tools, casting, yacht building, machining, sheet-metal working,
agricultural mechanisation, overhauls and maintenance and trade and
Metaalunie companies have a business culture as their main
characteristic. They are nearly all managed by sole traders or directors
who are (full or partial) owners. Doing business is based on an
emotional commitment and, therefore, the relationships with employees
and clients are close. Innovations are implemented on the work floor and
Metaalunie employees jointly promote the interests of SMEs in the metal
industry AND related sectors. Members will not have dealings with every
one of them, but nearly all employees still work directly for the
businessperson. Metaalunie is a decisive organization that works
effectively and efficiently. Every vote counts. There are 300 regional
and national administrative seats and, therefore, the corporate sector
has full control. This makes Koninklijke Metaalunie into an organization
of and for the true corporate sector.