Over the past centuries Royal IHC has evolved from a number of independent local shipyards into a world-renowned producer of offshore, dredging and mining equipment and vessels.
Shipbuilding company Smit, one of IHC predecessors, was already active in the 17th Century.
Shipyards Gusto, J. & K. Smit, Conrad, L. Smit & Zoon, Verschure and De Klop start a partnership.
Together they develop the Beaver® standard cutter suction dredgers: a great success.
Men, horse and wind power made way for the first steam bucket dredgers and hopper dredgers.
After nearly 20 years of close corporation 5 of the 6 shipyards merge into IHC Holland.
IHC was restructured: IHC Holland focused on dredging, IHC Caland on the offshore industry.
IHC’s new strategy is aimed at supplementing the company’s shipbuilding activities with equipment building.
and in 1992 also acquires De Merwede shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam.
IHC Holland and De Merwede merge and in 2007 they adopt the name IHC Merwede.
His Majesty the King awards IHC Merwede an honorary title and the company is renamed Royal IHC.