History Vonk B.V.

Vonk BV was founded in 1973, under the name of Helders ‘Clarson’, with the ‘DYNALITE’ as a starting product, a large 6D hand lantern.

Meanwhile, in 1976, the foundation of Pelican™ Products was laid in a barn in the US. Here, founder Dave Parker and his wife Arline discovered the demand for robust lamps and cases for divers, among others. The products had to have a high degree of durability, reliability and quality. First up was the Pelican™ Float, the legendary and indestructible SabreLite™. Shortly after, the very first Pelican™ Protector Case, model 1500, followed.
An old brochure from 1988 gives a clear picture of the range and it can also be seen that some products have not changed much in design.

Vonk BV started in November 1989 with the first import of Pelican™ products. This involved a box of MityLites™ and a box of SabreLites™.
Over the years, catalogs with suitcases were also depicted. This created a demand for the suitcases. The first shipment of suitcases by air freight cost as much as the transport and import duties combined. This period ended in 1997 with a 40” and 20” sea container. After that, Pelican™ Products would continue from Barcelona under the name Peli™ Products.

From that time Vonk B.V. grew. the range, turnover increased and many products were reviewed. In October 2011 we moved to Piershil, where we found sufficient space for office and stock in an old grain warehouse.

Due to our many years of cooperation with Pelican™ and Peli™, the expertise at Vonk B.V. become an important part of our service. In addition to the case series, Peli™ Protector, Peli™ Storm and Peli™ AIR, the Peli™ lamps, Peli™ RALS products and Peli™ Hardigg™ products also belong to our delivery range. As a case and packaging specialist, we have also developed further in unburdening our relations. Specialist custom interiors and other adjustments, which must look perfect both on the inside and on the outside, are examples of this. High quality always comes first.

Also in the world of mobile lighting, Vonk B.V. experienced a whole development, from light bulbs to the current LED lamps. Explosion-proof (ATEX) lighting has had a large share in the developments and, in contrast to our company name, safety comes first.

Pelican™ brochure from 1988


Opening hours

Monday: 09:00 to 17:00

Tuesday: 09:00 to 17:00

Wednesday: 09.00 to 17.00

Thursday: 09:00 to 17:00

Friday: 09:00 to 17:00

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed