Koninklijke Metaalunie is the largest Dutch employers' organisation for small and medium-sized enterprises active in the metal industry. The more than 14,000 affiliated members offer work to approximately 170,000 employees and jointly represent a turnover of more than 30 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 service.
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 achieved quickly.
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 organisation 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 organisation of and for the true corporate sector.