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Lankelma was founded in the Netherlands in 1896, specialising in water and gas wells for farms. Its involvement in cone penetration testing began as early as the 1950s.
Lankelma was established in the UK in 1999, with Eric Zon moving from Lankelma Netherlands to be Managing Director and a shareholder. Lankelma Netherlands took a 50% share and Ben Magee joined as Operations Director and shareholder.
In 2004, Lankelma Netherlands sold its shares to Gardline Shipping Ltd, part of the Gardline Group, one of the UK’s largest independently owned marine geophysical, environmental and hydrographic survey companies. This relationship enabled Lankelma to grow its operations, particularly in the development of its marine offering.
With the sale of the Gardline Group to Boskalis in August 2017, Lankelma returned to private ownership, with Eric Zon remaining as Managing Director and shareholder. Eric retired from his roles as MD of Gardline Geosciences Ltd and Gardline Group Business Development Director, to focus solely on managing and growing Lankelma’s global onshore and marine business.