History

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BAS’ Global Truck Concept takes the world of transport
by surprise and conquers it

For BAS the Global Truck Concept is a crucial step in the company’s history. By then the business had already been going for more than thirty years. The Global Truck Concept was the brainchild of Martin van Heertum (1946-2000) who took over BAS in 1986 and left a lasting impression. Martin van Heertum turned BAS into the global player we see today.

1962-1975

How BAS began…

It all began in the village of Son, Brabant in the South of the Netherlands where a number of chemical companies were taken over to form the Brabantse Automobiel Service [= Brabant Car Service] now better known across the globe as BAS. With a workforce of just six BAS made a success of a combined dealership made up of Volvo and Hanomag-Henschel trucks adding Mercedes’ lighter series later. Business grew rapidly and in 1975 an outlet was opened in Heesch.

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THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT ENTREPENEUR MUST BE ABLE TO FIND EVERYTHING HE NEEDS FOR HIS TRUCKS.

From 1986 on

How BAS has progressed…

In 1986 the entrepreneur and visionary Martin van Heertum appears on the scene. At the time BAS is owned by the Volvo Truck Corporation. Van Heertum takes over the business and steers BAS towards a new future. His keyword is partnership.

At BAS the international transport entrepreneur must be able to find everything they need for their trucks, Martin van Heertum thinks. That is the principle behind the BAS Global Truck Concept, with which BAS has evolved into the company we see today. The business grows and manages to attract talented and enterprising personnel. From 2000 on Martin’s oldest son Caspar van Heertum, carries on the work of the founder of the Global Truck Concept. And the family firm has been growing ever since.

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1962-2018

BAS down the years

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