About Van Laere International
Van Laere International is a family business that has guaranteed first-class service and quality in casual, work and promotional wear for 34 years. Thanks to many years’ experience in the field and a constant search for improvement VLI has achieved top position in its sector. We are a business with a wealth of experience and an open mind, and that allows us to keep on being innovative. Whether work-wear for professionals, a new outfit for a weekend adventure or a complete collection to showcase a business, it can be found in one of our collections.
We stock a large range of items and are able to deliver at short notice.
In addition, VLI as manufacturer also specializes in the development and production of technical outdoor clothing, sports outfits, corporate image clothing and all kinds of accessories, specially customized for the customer. For anything made of textile you can rest assured that you will find the solution at VLI! We manufacture numerous special products for well-known brands, organizations, government services, hotels and businesses.
VLI has been playing a pioneering role in its field since 1976, and besides unequalled expertise has also acquired extensive knowledge of the market. We are represented throughout Europe due to an extensive distributor and dealer network, and are therefore in a position to deliver the required products via our partners to the right address everywhere. At present we are active as manufacturer mainly in the Benelux, Germany and France, but our brands are also on the rise in the rest of Europe.
In cooperation with our partners we are striving for the ideal solution to meet the requirements and demands of a specific business. This leads to an optimal win-win situation that does not only ensure commercial follow-up but also the necessary technical expertise.
VLI’s success is brought about by our ideology: the customer always comes first. Their wishes and demands define the basic principle for every new product and every adaptation carried out by us. That way our articles and our service always stay more efficient and simpler than in the case of many other manufacturers. Our diversity of activities in the different sectors allows us to combine all our know-how and apply it to a new methodology.
Our technical expertise is constantly developed further by the researchers in our laboratories and the test teams that subject our clothing to the most demanding tests. Their motivation and experience enable us to continually test and overcome the boundaries when designing new products. With us everything centres on repeatedly providing our customer with a solution that exceeds all his expectations.
Guy’s Naaicentrum was founded in April 1982. The story begins decades earlier, in the 1930s. Désiré Van der Vorst, the maternal grandfather of founder Guy, started trading in the Waasland markets with merchandise such as buttons, sewing thread, zippers, etc, to sell. Later he also starts a shop in the Slangstraat in Hamme.
Two of his three daughters, Annie (Guy’s mother) & Irène, later join the company with their respective husbands. Irène and Etienne successfully ran the shop in Hamme until 1997. Between the 1960s and 2005 Annie, Jozef and son Guy sold an extremely extensive range of high-quality sewing materials on the markets in Waasland and Dendermonde.
In 1982 Guy starts in the sewing machines. With a technical background as a background, he starts training with the most renowned sewing machine manufacturers of the time: Husqvarna in Huskvarna, Sweden on the one hand, and Pfaff in Kaiserslautern, Germany on the other. He learns all the basic elements to repair and adjust a machine. During the same period, he meets Chris, his future wife. Soon Chris, meanwhile his wife, begins to learn many tricks of the sewing trade from Guy.
During that period, Guy’s Sewing Center was located at 2 Plezantstraat in the center of Hamme. With the extensive range they already had at the time, they quickly proved to be an established value in the Waasland and beyond. Guy’s Sewing Center is bursting at the seams for the first time and a brand new store is opened in 1987 in the Roodkruisstraat. In the meantime, in addition to all possible sewing materials, from embroidery and overlock threads to an unprecedented range of zippers to scissors, various brands of machines have also been added to the range: the Japanese top manufacturers Babylock and Janome (then marketed in Belgium under the brand name Lewenstein). ) join the range. In the mid-1990s, the store was expanded for the first time with an underground warehouse, extra large showroom annex classroom and computers for software lessons. A few years later, the quality brand Bernina is also added to the range.
At the end of 2004, the range was expanded to such an extent that a new expansion was necessary. The new building with adjoining shop is being built in record time. In less than 12 months, Guy’s Sewing Center has doubled in size. Quilting fabrics, gems from Gütermann & Swarovski and an even more extensive range of handicraft items, such as knitting yarns from quality brands Lana Grossa, Rowan and Schachenmayr, further complete the range. With the sewing machines, the Japanese brand Juki completes the unparalleled selection of overlock machines and the quality brand Bernina is also included in the range.
From the autumn of 2012, his son Joris also joined the family business as the 4th generation in the sewing sector. He gradually learns the trade from both his father Guy and mother Chris as well as from the countless courses he regularly follows: he follows the lessons of Pfaff & Husqvarna VIKING, Bernina’s 3-4-5-7 series and the countless Janome- models, but also of all brands of overlock machines. Embroidery software and the multi-needle Janome MB-4/MB-7 series also hold no secrets for him.
In 2017, the decision was taken to tear down the adjacent building on the other side and build a completely new store: spacious, modern and light are the keywords here. Demolition will start in July 2017. After a tour de force, Guy’s Sewing Center 2.0 will open its doors in August 2018. An extra spacious showroom, much more light and space in all areas, efficient quality lamps to give the most true-to-colour image of the products,… Everything has been thought of. There is also a spacious classroom for the private lessons of the machines and workshops. The new store has a low carbon footprint in relation to its size:
large solar panel installation,
exceptionally economical LED lamps,
warehouse lighting sensors,
efficient and powerful ventilation,
heat pumps for heating and cooling,
using rainwater for the toilet.
The range of knitting wool and fabrics will be further expanded at that time. Lana Grossa even distinguishes Guy’s Sewing Center as a Lana Grossa Superstore.
Our permanent team of people now consists of Guy, Chris, Joris, Hilde, Anita, Liesbeth & Lore. Fixed points of contact to offer you the best possible service, each with its own specialty.
Far and wide, in East Flanders, Antwerp and Flemish Brabant, we are known for our customer-friendly service, clear explanations without buzzing marketing terms, large stock, unparalleled range. Guy’s Sewing Center is therefore the one-stop-shop for everything that has to do with sewing, needlework, knitting, ….
You read it. Passion and knowledge for and of our profession, it has been in our blood for generations. Since the 1930s, we have distinguished ourselves with the choice for
BEXCO is a leading European manufacturer of precision-engineered synthetic mooring, towing and lifting ropes for offshore, marine and industrial applications.Today, BEXCO serves the world’s largest oil majors, engineering and procurement companies, ship and tug owners by designing and producing made-to-measure fiber rope at its main factory in Hamme, Belgium as well as at its quayside manufacturing facility in Antwerp.
BEXCO ropes are manufactured to the highest standards of quality. BEXCO’s manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001:2015 certified for the research and development and production of Marine, Offshore and Industrial Ropes in synthetic high performance fibers. All of BEXCO’s production, operational and administrative processes are regularly audited by the world’s leading classification societies including Lloyds Register, DNV, GL, Bureau Veritas as the majority of its main offshore synthetic rope solutions serve the world’s leading oil and gas majors.
The great history we have of three generations of rope-making craftsmanship and the fact that we design, engineer and manufacture locally at our own facilities in Belgium means we are truly capable of producing some of the sturdiest, most reliable synthetic rope in the world.
Our ropes meet the highest industry quality and safety standards and are type approved by the world’s leading classification societies. Both our production facilities in Hamme and Antwerp are ISO9001:2015 certified.
Our engineering expertise is second to none in the industry. We have some of the most knowledgeable designers of complex synthetic rope composites in the business, which can speak the language of our engineering and procurement customers. We also have a production team with decades of collective experience in consistently producing to specification, time after time.
The care for our ropes doesn’t stop the moment we hand them over to our customers. BEXCO engineers and craftsmen will be on hand to guide our customers in installation, usage and maintenance of our offshore and marine ropes to achieve the best performance and prolong their lifetime. Also, thanks to contractual stock in the main ports in Asia and Europe, ship owners and operators can at all times count on the timely availability of quality rope for their vessels.
When we ask our customers, what they like about us the most is that they can easily get access to someone who can get the job done. That is less true for many of our competitors. We turn our relatively small size into a clear advantage.
If you speak with any of our customers, you will hear that they like doing business with us not because we are the biggest or the loudest players, but because we understand their world and let the solutions we propose and the rope we produce do the talking instead.
At BEXCO, we are committed to reduce our ecological footprint as part of our daily routines. Whether in production or at the offices, our people are constantly working towards achieving our Sustainability Objectives. BEXCO has earned ISO14001:2015 certification for its environmental management system.
Tiscotex weaves narrow fabrics for specialized niche markets and large international customers. The webbing goes directly to our customers or is processed into an end product in our Belgian Tiscotex Atelier.
Tiscotex Weaving mill: experience counts
Tiscotex is a specialist in weaving narrow fabrics between 10 and 330 mm wide. Both natural yarns (flax, cotton, jute) and synthetic fibers (polyester, polypropylene, etc.) are woven into top quality webbing.
Tiscotex Weaving mill: experience counts
Tiscotex Atelier processes narrow fabrics into end products such as lashing straps, lifting straps and textile car parts. A Belgian clothing department means quality, flexible production and fast delivery.
Tiscotex Atelier: ready-to-wear at its best
Add all the experience of our people together and you arrive at a lot of kilometers on the ready-to-wear counter. We can safely say that we have a unique place in Europe in the field of weaving and making up of Narrow fabrics.
Tiscotex has built up a loyal customer portfolio in demanding sectors such as automotive and transport. But Tiscotex is also happy to listen to your questions when it comes to interior and design.
A healthy network. For everyone’s benefit.
Tiscotex has a strong network of certified partners, each with their own specialty and field. The mutual exchange of Best Practices translates into more efficient production and extra service for the customer.
In addition to the products that Tiscotex manufactures itself, the company also has a very extensive stock range of parts and standard products. Suppliers are rigorously selected on the basis of quality, durability and price.
In addition to printing stationery, Recto Verso also offers textile printing in Hamme. Would you like to have your company logo or the logo of your sports club printed on a T-shirt, jacket or sports bag? We are happy to carry this out for you with the greatest precision!
PRINTED FOR EVERY OCCASION
We provide full color printing from one piece on any type of textile. A personal print such as a photo with possibly a nice text is possible, as is the printing of T-shirts for an upcoming promotional weekend of your company. We also offer a transfer system for colored or black T-shirts, which is a color print on a transfer with a white backing. In our shop in Hamme we are happy to show you some examples to give you a better idea.