1972 Naturally, MAF stays interested in mines. At this time, MAF and RADEX start to cooperate. RADEX is a company from Austria that wants to use MAF as a sales office for the Magnesite that is dug in the Austrian mines.Those mines are owned by RADEX. However, MAF wants to keep its independence and therefore a new Ltd. is erected. The name is; MAF MAGNESITE BV but insiders call it MAF Junior. All magnesite sales that concern Junior are now dealt with by Ewald and Mr. Schwendewein, the Austrian company director. The mother company, MAF (or: MAF Senior) deals with all the trade that does not concern Magnesite itself.
1974 RADEX buys 50% of the stocks of MAF Senior. Because of this, it is necessary to erect a foundation in which all the old stock holders (Fam. R. Jurgens, Hans van der Ven, ‘Staak’ Frans van der Ven) can participate. This foundation is called ‘Stichting Administratie-kantoor MAF (Foundation Administration Office MAF).
1976 GROBATO is founded. The main function of this company is the import of paint from developing countries which had a business relationship with Lithos Ltd.. Four shops are opened: two in Rotterdam, one in Zierikzee and one in Vlissingen. However, this idea proves not to work in practice and it is decided that the shops should be closed.Robbert van der Ven becomes deputy director.In the meantime, cracks begin to appear in the cooperation with RADEX. There are problems with the supplies and there is a shortage of investments. Both partners think differently about price-policy and this begins to form a problem as well. In addition, MAF starts to feel a bit like the cash cow of the Austrians. This only proves that trades such as MAF and mine-owners have different aims. And it is not always possible to combine those aims. In spite of this, an annual production of 54,000 tons is still reached.
1979 The estrangement of the companies starts to take on alarming forms. Therefore, MAF takes the necessary steps to become independent again.
1980 In this year it became clear that Austrians dealt with trouble because of problems in the American mother company. They were on the verge of selling their mines. Now the time had come for MAF to take action. MAF buys the Junior and Senior stocks of the Austrians. With this action, the cooperation with RADEX ends.
1981 In France, the company GUYON is taken over and is brought into the company under the name of MAF FRANCE.
1983 F.J.H.M. van der Ven passes away after a life full of hard work and leaves the dynamic company in the capable hands of Ewald and Robbert. Robbert becomes co-director.
1984 GUYON takes over SAFA, a small transport company and gets a large storage in St. Malo in France. In Spain the Firm VALENDAG S.A. is founded.
1987 The stocks that were owned by the Jurgens family are taken over by Robbert and Ewald who now own the company together for respectively 40% and 60%.
1988 PROMIN S.A. is founded in Zurich together with the firm Veitsch from Austria. The turnovers begin to have favourable concequences. New markets open up. In this way, MAF becomes the first importer of Magnesite from China.
1991 Competitor Van Mannekus bought up the firm Possehl from Lubeck in Germany. MAF Senior which is now led by Ewald is forced (because of earlier deals) to stop selling Magnesite for the coming five years.Even though the turnover drops as a result of the impossibility to sell Magnesite, Ewald manages to keep the company running by giving it new impulses with innovative grinding procedures that are often unique in Europe. This way, he gets deals with great international companies. He gets help in achieving this because his grinding process is scientifically checked during every step.
1992 MAF MAGNESITE B.V. is also sold to Possehl. MAF already had a purchase-deal with Possehl. Robbert stays director of this company by selling his stocks to Ewald. In return, he obtains stocks from GUYON and VALENDAG. In 2003 Robbert takes over MAF MAGNESITE B.V. from Possehl and starts his own company in The Hague, The Netherlands.
1995 TIFOR B.V. is founded. The company starts off with trading in pipes, but eventually it is decided that it is better to deal in resources. The company focuses on Emery and Magnesite trade.
1997 A new indoor storage space of 7,000 m² is bought.
1998 Since MAF is free to trade Magnesite again, old relationships are renewed with partners in Greece (Grecian Magnesite).Bayers sells his Selane department to General Electric. This company decides to build a grinding company for 30 million DM. This means a loss in turnover of 15,000 tons for the S-mill. Therefore, it is necessary to look for new ways to create a large turnover. Mr. A. Markestein, who used to work for MAF is appointed as commissioner.
2001 The warehouse of neighbour Janson is bought. This building is ment to house the new grinding-unit that still had to be built and will be supplied with the latest technical innovations.Because of an increase in turnover, there is a lack of storage space. Therefore, another storagespace of 1,800 m² is hired (NEM hires and holds the rights to purchase) and added to the already indoor storage space that is 26,000 m².
2002 MAF Celebrated it’s 100th anniversary.Because of new developments it was possible for the small trader - that began in 1902 - to become a multi-national. The MAF-GROUP is now active in many fields over the world.And... still a Van der Ven at the helm!