Berend-Jan Van der Veen - Owner of Zwaluw Products

About Us

Berend -Jan Van der Veen was born in The Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1956.

While growing up in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Jan began to learn the craft which he knows today. Having started working for his father Derk-Jan Van der Veen at the young age of 15 years old. Jan is no stranger to hard work and with over 46 years of working experience, he has amassed a wealth of knowledge that not many people will ever have.

In 1980 Berend-Jan decided to follow his family and immigrate to South Africa. Where he would eventually set up a small but effective workshop on a small holding in Pretoria, South Africa.

In 1995 Jan’s hard work was rewarded when he was nominated for and won the International Quality Trophy. Which was awarded to him in Madrid, Spain.

At the moment Jan has decided to specialize in creating custom aluminum designs and creating projects from composite panels.

This being said, Jan is always interested in new and exciting projects.