Our History

Atradius Collections is part of a well-established global business that has been promoting secure trade through quality credit insurance and credit management services for more than 90 years.

Atradius Collections within the Atradius Group

Atradius Collections is a key holding company within the business, Atradius N.V. and works closely alongside our colleagues in Atradius Credit Insurance and Atradius Re.

As part of the Atradius Group, we enjoy more than 90 years of global credit management industry experience and maintain a strong position, sharing history, knowledge and reputation.  This helps ensure we deliver when it comes to collecting outstanding debts, outsourcing customers’ receivables management or guiding them along the route to growth.

A history of Atradius Collections

Atradius was originally founded as NCM in the Netherlands in 1925 and was created with the goal of improving trade for companies in the Netherlands. In Germany, our roots stem from Gerling Credit, which was established in 1954 and operated solely out of Germany until 1962, when it opened its first international office in Switzerland. In Spain, Crédito y Caución was founded in 1929 and focused on growing steadily to become the dominant credit insurer and surety company on the Iberian Peninsula. The heritage, knowledge and exemplary service standards of these three companies is now combined within the Atradius Group, creating Atradius Collections as a global leader in business-to-business debt collection.

In August 2003, the name Atradius was introduced through the rebranding of GERLING NCM, a global leader in credit insurance and credit management established in 2001 through the merger of the German credit insurance group Gerling-Konzern Speziale Kreditversicherung (Gerling Credit) and the Dutch credit insurer Nederlandsche Credietverzekering Maatschappij (NCM). This rebranding was completed on 5 January 2004.

Replacing the Gerling Group as shareholder was, at that time, a group of leading international financial institutions including Swiss Re and Deutsche Bank, Sal. Oppenheim, Seguros Catalana Occidente, a leading Spanish financial services company, and Crédito y Caución, the leading Spanish and fourth largest global credit insurer.

On January 25, 2008, Atradius again entered into a major business union teaming up with Crédito y Caución to further strengthen its position in global credit insurance markets.

With such a pedigree and global reach, Atradius Collections is equipped to not only leverage successful debt collection on behalf of our customers, but also sets out to maintain high standards in the market and has become a key player in the business-to-business collections market.

As a consequence of being a separate division within the Atradius Group, Atradius Collections holds a strong position, sharing history, knowledge and reputation, which helps ensure that we deliver when it comes to collecting outstanding debts, outsourcing customer’s receivables management or guiding them along the route to growth.

Related content

Mission and Vision

We’re committed to providing our customers and people with the best global Collections Service. This is articulated through our Mission and Vision, and in our adherence to our Governance Principles.

Executive Management Team

Our Executive Management Team is responsible for developing and driving the aims, strategy, quality of service and business results of Atradius Collections throughout the world.

Working at Atradius Collections

Part of the global Atradius Group, Atradius Collections provides career opportunities throughout the world. Our collaborative ethos promotes strong working relationships among staff and with clients.