Bega International e.g. was founded in 1978 by Bernard Garritsen. The name Bega is a contraction of the first two letters of Bernard Garritsen.Bega Special Tools is the trade name under which we operate. The company started with a unique puller TRACTA for the dismantling of ball bearings. This expanded into a program of high-quality tools for maintenance and production work. The bearing is central, the heart of all rotating equipment.
Bernard Garritsen’s corporate philosophy: Plan maintenance and work safely and damage-free with the right tools. We find that very common now, but at the time this was very innovative!
1978 - Bernard Garritsen
1988 - son Frank Garritsen takes over business
1999 - Carol Garritsen-Poelma becomes co-shareholder
2012 - Henk van Essen becomes co-shareholder
2018 - September: Frank Garritsen retires and ceases all activities for Bega
2019 - January: Henk van Essen acquires 100% shares
2019 - January: Carol Poelma remains as Communications Director, CIO
2021 August: Schaeffler acquires BEGA International bv
Henk van Essen continues as Managing Director