Founded by two brothers in 1945 as E & G Martijn (Aruba) N.V., the company developed its business in a wide field of activities, as was common for a general trading company in those days. The activities covered import and distribution of foods, construction materials, tires, copper, ropes as well as travel and shipping agencies, insurance brokerage and stevedoring activities.
In 1986, the company was sold to Hagemeyer N.V., based in the Netherlands, which gradually restructured the company by divesting most non-distribution activities. Those years brought new focus and a strong management and reporting structure.
In early 1996 Ceteco N.V., also based in the Netherlands, acquired the shares of the company. Before the year-end of 1999 Martijn Trading Holding B.V., again a company based in the Netherlands, acquired the shares of the Martijn companies on the now former Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.