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The complete history of a world leading manufacturer

Founded in 1880 as a small machinery servicing company, the enterprise was converted into a weaving machine manufacturer by Michel Van de Wiele in 1921.

Since then, thanks to a combination of investments in own machinery and establishments and acquisitions, our company has developed into an international group with production and service centers worldwide.


  1. First signs of industrial activities in Marke (Belgium). Mr. Polydor Benoot starts a small company specialized in industrial process machinery servicing.

  2. Michel Van de Wiele, in succession to his father in law Mr. Polydor Benoot, starts with the construction of weaving looms.

  3. Start-up of a sales and distribution unit in Greenville (South Carolina),U.S.A.

  4. Acquisition of Wittendal SA (France), thus enabling in-house jacquard machine manufacturing.

  5. Establishment of Michel Van de Wiele GmbH in Viersen, Germany after acquisition of the know-how and industrial processes of major competitor in the velvet weaving machinery market: Güsken.

  6. ISO-9002 certified

  7. ISO-9001 certified

  8. Establishment of Michel van de Wiele Service Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

  9. Acquisition of Bonas machine Company Ltd. (U.K). manufacturer of electronic jacquard machines for flat weaving machines.

  10. Acquisition of all shares of IRO AB-sweden (including ROJ – Memminger-IRO), manufacturer of prewinders for weaving and knitting machines with production facilities in Sweden, Germany, Italy, USA, Taiwan and China.

  11. Establishment of IRO (Wuxi) Technology Co. Ltd. In Wuxi Jiang Su, China.

  12. Building of two new factories in China (production service 20.000 m²).

  13. Acquisition of “Protechna” in Germany. Active in Quality assurance in textiles.

  14. Acquisition of Cobble in UK. Tufting machine manufacturer.

  15. starting up of aluminium foundry in Nanjing China.

  16. Acquisition of JTS Italy – manufacturer of harnesses for flat and velvet weaving machines.

  17. Start up of first Van de Wiele extrusion line.

  18. Acquisition of “Superba SA” in France –manufacturer of heat-setting and space-dyeing machines.

  19. Establishment of Cobble – Van de Wiele LTD Co. Ltd. – Production of spare parts and gauges for tufting machines.

  20. Establishment of Van de Wiele (China) Textile Machinery Co. Ltd. – Production of jacquard machines for the Chinese market.

  21. Acquiring a majority position in the Bejimac group, – manufacturer of textile finishing machines.

  22. Acquisition of “SAVIO GROUP” in Italy - the world leader in the yarn finishing sector, operating in the design, manufacturing and distribution of winding machines, quality control devices and electronic boards for the textile industry. It has factories in Italy, China, India, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.