Coltrading (CTE is a privately owned business and was founded in 1985 in the Netherlands as European manufacturer representative for Synchro-Start solenoids, actuators and engine controls.

Through the years, Coltrading (CTE partnered up with world-class manufacturers that were, and today are, active in the (mobile) industrial sector.

As European Point of Excellence and System Integrator for motion control systems, we develop, build, assist, and supply mobile and industrial control professionals with products and system solutions for controlling traditional, fossil-fuel engine based  applications and DC electrical motion systems.

Apart from our representation for Woodward we cooperate independently with world-class manufacturers to ensure the availability of engine and motion control products. Our scope of supply consists of:

  • (former) Synchro-Start products;
  • (former) Barber Colman DYNA products;
  • Woodward industrial products (Expert Channel Partner/distributor/solenoid final assembly);
  • Trombetta solenoids and contactors;
  • Bayham Tank gauges (European distributor);
  • Williams Controls / Curtis Wright pedals (distributor);
  • Isspro (European distributor).

Our facility in Hillegom, the Netherlands, hosts our primary location. This 1200 m2 facility hosts our warehouse, assembly line and workshop. From there, we serve OEM’s and aftermarket distributors in the mobile and industrial sector worldwide.

Our customers value us for minimum lead times, providing high-quality solutions, the durability of our systems and high level of market and product knowledge. We aim to focus on getting our customers the actual products they require. As such, we are no part-number-traders.

This, combined with our in-house workshop, engineering department and assembly capacity, enables us to provide our customers with the technical best products, shortest lead times and spot-on solutions for their applications at hand.

Coltrading (CTE started as a small Synchro-Start distributor in the 1980’s. In 2009, Coltrading (CTE was appointed Point of Excellence by Woodward Inc. for Mobile and Industrial Products, APECS controls and DYNA products for the EMEA region. Today, we are proud to be official Expert Channel partner for these Woodward products.

In 2009 we started our own assembly line to continue the production of (obsolete and inactive) Woodward actuators and solenoids. This was done in close cooperation with Woodward to provide the continued supply for relatively lower volume OEM and aftermarket. For this side of our business we have a Woodward/Synchro-Start solenoid and actuator final assembly facility.

In the last decade, we initiated cooperation with multiple of the original manufacturers of engine and motion control products enabling continued access to original legacy products that became discontued or obsolete. All this, to provide our customers with a cost-effective solution to prevent obsolescence of individual parts that can otherwise potentially hamper their operations, or force them to do extensive new machinery investments.

Today, for equipment manufacturers we perform system design and implementation assistance, prototyping service and product and system supply. In the aftermarket we assist our customers in system replacement, upgrade, service, drop-in and/or retrofit.