Our story

Move the world happily forward by providing groundbreaking high tech solutions


By pushing technical boundaries, we empower our customers to be the most competitive player in their market.

A close-knit family business

AAE can be defined as: groundbreaking technology in a close-knit family business in Helmond. Since its inception in 1976, AAE has grown to become an advanced high-tech machine manufacturer with an international reputation. With more than 350 talented employees, we design and manufacture products divided into two business lines: Production Automation and Advanced Systems.

Our History

Proud to be part
of something great

Every high-end solution fits seamlessly with the needs and requirements of our customers and ensures that they can produce in smarter, faster, more stable and cost effective ways. That gives our customers a head start in the market and creates a competitive advantage. Moreover, as a system provider, AAE is also able to integrate new technologies into existing machine concepts.

We serve a diverse range of markets, including the medical, automotive, semicon, food & beverage, toy, office, photovoltaic, analytical & life science sectors. In this way we contribute to products or solutions that make our society smarter, more innovative, more beautiful, more sustainable, safer or simply more enjoyable.



Our people

The key to our success lies in the combination of technical knowledge and pure and passionate craftsmanship. Our professionals dare to push the boundaries of technology so that we find solutions that seamlessly meet the needs of our customers. We combine our passion for technology with pure craftsmanship because developing together means thinking, daring and doing together.

Our people make the difference: their creativity, flexibility, pragmatism, intrinsic drive and highly specialized know-how characterizes our qualified culture. The result? The realization and production of groundbreaking high-tech machines and assemblies that also match the pace of Industry 4.0.

Our story - Always Together, Never Alone

Always together. Never alone.

We will say it one more time: “Always together. Never alone.” We are always part of the greater good. You can look at us as a sparring partner, problem solver, incubator and primarily as a developer. We are proud to be able to be a part of that higher purpose. That makes us the advanced high-tech machine manufacturer that we are today.

Our part in society

AAE invests in creativity, innovation and development.

Technology education and promotion

The Hightech Helmond - de Peel Foundation - This foundation is comprised of about 50 manufacturing companies from the Peel region. Their common goal is to interest children and youth in technology in order to generate a sufficient inflow for the technical sector in this region. AAE was one of the first companies to participate. The highlight of the year is the annual Hotspot Hightech Helmond – de Peel: a high-tech amusement park where children can experience the technology of the Peel region.

Technology Centre Brainport – Technology centre Brainport is the preferred route for vocational education students (Dutch: BBL) in the Peel region. In collaboration with the ROC ter AA, this vocational training brings together the leading metal companies, including AAE. This is our way of proudly contributing to training proactive, future-oriented experts.

One Team

As a family business from Helmond, we feel connected to this region. The Helmond – de Peel region is developing rapidly. We try to contribute to this development, for example by supporting the annual H2O festival, 'Het Drakenboot festival', 'Het Kasteel van Sinterklaas' and 'Brabantsedag' in Heeze. Naturally, we also support various charities, such as the KWF, by participating in the 'SamenLoop voor Hoop'. It is wonderful to be able to give back to the region that continuously inspires us and gives us energy.


Investing in the future

Team Rembrandts – From the start, AAE has been a proud sponsor of Team Rembrandts, a robotic team consisting of students from the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, the Zwijsen College and the Heerbeeck College. This unique collaboration was first created by the enthusiastic previous director of AAE, William Pijnenburg. He was a fanatic supporter of the robotics competition that focuses on motivating youth to get involved in technology.

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Solar Team Eindhoven – By sharing our knowledge and facilities with the TU/e students of Solar Team Eindhoven we play an active role in transportation of the future. For several years already, the Solar Team Eindhoven has been working on the solar car of the future.

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