Press & Awards

Press & Awards

Investment of 1.2 mio EURO in new machine

14/09/2017

Big news! Bekina® Boots invested 1.2 million euros in a brand new machine for making safety boots. This way, the production capacity is raised with 25%. As from 18 September 2017 onwards this injection machine will be fully operational. Bekina® Boots is ready to conquer the world.

"Thanks to this investment in modern automatisation, we will be more strategically placed to meet the growing worldwide demand for our boots. This investment will help us to reach our long term goals", says CEO Peter Bauwens. "Next to the fact that we are increasing the production capacity with 25%, we are also significantly reducing our lead times and are giving our general efficiency an extra power boost."

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MORE EFFICIENCY AND FLEXIBILITY

Peter Welvaert, Project Manager Technology: "This new machine is a major investment in the latest technology on offer in our industry. It enables us to produce different boot types in one production run. This way our production planning becomes more flexible. Additionaly, we invested in extra material tanks which are directly connected to this machine. From now on boots with different compounds can be produced on one machine in the same production run."

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SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY

What was originally the job of a production operator, pulling the boot off the mould, is now done by a robot arm. Another benefit of using robot arms is that they use 80% less solvents than a machine operator does. The use of these solvents is required to smoothly slip the boots of the mould. Dries Scheerlinck, Production Manager: "The implementation of robot arms will add ergonomics to the job of machine operators: there is less physical strain on the job and it is a lot healthier to them as well. All our operators will be retrained to use this new machine. They are very positive about this new evolution, because their job will shift from manual work to technical work."

CEO Peter Bauwens concludes: " Looking to the future, we believe that all manufacturers should invest in new automatisation technologies to stay competitive and profitable. Next to that, we keep investing in skilled workforce who are interested in learning new working methods.  

With the inauguration of their new machine, Bekina® Boots makes a clear statement that they are ready to reach their annual 10% growth rate. This was also noticed by the Flemish government who nominated Bekina® Boots as one of the three strongest export companies in the whole of Flanders. 

Read: Bekina® Boots nominated for Export Lion 2017 award >>

 

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Nomination 'Export Lion' 2017

26/06/2017
Export Lion 2017

Bekina® Boots has been nominated for the Export Lion 2017, an annual competition for Flemish companies that have shown outstanding success in expanding their export markets. The winner receives an award from Flanders Investment & Trade: the Export Lion.

Only three companies are nominated in two categories: those with fewer than 50 employees, and those with 50 or more. With 53 employees in 2016, Bekina® Boots is part of this last category. Other nominees in our category are Skyline Communications from Izegem and Soudal from Turnhout.

On 8th September there will be a presentation of our company for a jury. On 20th September Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois will reveal the winners in both categories. Fingers crossed!

We would like to thank all customers and employees for their dedication this year/past few years. This is thanks to you!

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Bekina® Boots bestaat 55 jaar!

30/05/2017
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Bekina® Boots bestaat dit jaar 55 jaar! Wat in 1962 begon met de productie van handgemaakte rubberlaarzen, is vandaag een hoogtechnologisch bedrijf dat jaarlijks 600.000 paar hoogstaande, polyurethane veiligheidslaarzen produceert. Naar aanleiding van dit jubileum schreef VOKA een mooi artikel over Bekina® Boots, de wereldspeler uit Kluisbergen.

Bezieler van Bekina® Boots was decennialang Georges Vanderbeke, die de polyurethane (PU)-laars lanceerde en van diversificatie een speerpunt maakte. Na de laarzen volgden veerelementen voor lattenbodems (nu onder Bekina® Indurub) en mengsels voor b2b, zoals brandwerend rubber om kabels te beschermen en zweldichtingen voor de bouwsector (nu onder Bekina® Compounds).

Lees het volledige artikel: "De concurrentie een laars voor" - VOKA, mei 2017

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Schick und sauber an die Arbeit

25/04/2017
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Sicherheitskleidung für die Lebensmittelindustrie muss nicht unbedingt praktisch und langweilig sein. Eine große Menge an Kleidung verfügt über hervorragende Eigenschaften auf dem Gebiet von Schutz und Hygiene únd ist sogar modisch. Die Fleischerei, ein maßgebendes Magazin für die fleischverarbeitende Industrie, hat Muster an ‘professioneller’ Mode ausgesucht. Kleiner Teaser: Bekina® Boots war auch dabei.

Lesen Sie den vollständigen Artikel: "Schick und sauber an die Arbeit"

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Trends Gazellen 2017

16/02/2017
Trends gazellen 2017

Bekina® Boots is nominated again for the Trends Gazellen Award. Every year, Trends Magazine makes a listing of companies not only based on their growth in revenue and number of employees, but also on their cashflow. Just as in 2015 and 2016, Bekina® Boots is nominated for this prestigious award!
 

WHAT IS TRENDS GAZELLEN?
 

“Trends Gazellen” is a prestigious award in the Flemish and Brussels business world. This is obvious: the companies that are selected in the Trends Gazellen ranking are always the strongest and most competitive companies in their domain and region.

You can become a Trends Gazelle based on your company's:

- Growth in revenue

- Growth in number of employees

- Cashflow

Just like in 2015 and 2016, Bekina® Boots was nominated this year for the Trends Gazellen Award in the category of medium-sized enterprises. This nomination wasn't possible without the enthusiasm of our employees and the confidence of our customers! THANK YOU!

On March 15 we will know who wins the Trends Gazellen Award 2017.

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Trends Gazellen 2016

23/03/2016
trends gazellen 2016

Bekina® Boots is again one of the 200 fastest growing companies in East-Flanders. Every year, Trends Magazine makes a listing of companies not only based on their growth in revenue and number of employees, but also on their cashflow. Just as in 2015, Bekina® Boots belongs to the top companies in Flanders!
 

STRONG AND COMPETITIVE COMPANIES
 

“Trends Gazellen” is a prestigious award in the Flemish and Brussels business world. This is obvious: the companies that are selected in the Trends Gazellen ranking are always the strongest and most competitive companies in their domain and region.

Just like in 2015, Bekina® Boots was nominated this year for the Trends Gazellen Award in the category of medium-sized enterprises. This nomination was possible with the enthusiasm of our employees and the confidence of our customers. The winner of the Trends Gazellen award in our category is Twist Tobacco, a manufacturer of rolling tobacco near Ghent. Congratulations!
 

WINNERS TRENDS GAZELLEN 2016
 

The winners of the Trends Gazellen Award for the province of East-Flanders are:

Large enterprises: Itineris

Medium-sized enterprises: Twist Tobacco

Small enterprises: Do Invest

 

 

 

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Steplite®X elected as best work wellies

24/02/2016
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Steplite®X work wellies from Bekina® Boots are the best work wellies at the moment, according to Farmers Weekly. This leading British magazine, targeted at the agriculture industry, compared Steplite®X with other work wellies from Dunlop, Hunter and Caldene. “Steplite®X work wellies have a cracking value compared with the rest”.

Read the full article: Farm Welly Boot Test

BEST WORK WELLIES
 

In their search for the best work wellies, Farmers Weekly tested the most important properties of work wellies: slip resistance, fitting, warmth and value. Following the test results, Steplite®X is best in class.

Boots are not just an ordinary product. Therefore innovation, to us, is of capital importance. Every day we do our utmost to enrich and further develop our technical advancements. All our boots are thoroughly tested in our laboratory which is equipped with state of the art test equipment. Thanks to the enthusiasm and passion of our employees Steplite®X has been elected as the best work wellies you can find in the market.
 

STEPLITE®X WORK WELLLIES: SUPERIOR GRIP
 



Steplite®X are hard-wearing work wellies with a wide fitting. They are especially developed for the agriculture sector. According to Farmers Weekly, Steplite®X work wellies provide not only a superior grip, also the ergonomic footbed is much appreciated. “Steplite®X has a cracking value compared with the rest. Steplite®X is solid, all-round work boot and makes the others look like a bit of a rip-off."

Read the full article: Farm Welly Boot Test, 19/02/2016 -  Oliver Mark and James Andrews.

More information about Steplite®X work wellies: http://www.bekina-boots.be/en/boots/agriculture-and-fishery/steplite-x  

Do you have any other questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Donation of boots to the refugees

12/01/2016
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“You can see that people are getting stuck in the mud with their shoes. The people have no boots”, says Dirk Vandervelden, a volunteer at the refugee camp in Duinkerke. That’s why Bekina® Boots decided, in cooporation with more than 100 volunteers from the non-profit organization GaM Care, to donate 1500 pairs of boots to this refugee camp on Wednesday, 13th January 2016.

“At Bekina® Boots, we always had much attention to sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship. Because of the high need of boots in the refugee camp, we couldn’t wait any longer”, says Peter Bauwens, CEO of Bekina® Boots. “It’s a horrible situation at the camp. The faster the boots will be there, the better.”

Wednesday afternoon, 100 volunteers will start to distribute the 1500 pairs of boots in the camp. This will happen from a central collection point or personally in the tents of the seriously ill, single mothers with young children or pregnant women.

Update: The 1,500 pairs of boots are distributed in the camp. Thanks to all volunteers who made this happen. Together we can make a difference.

Watch our video of the distribution of boots in the refugee camp:

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These boots are made for milking

17/11/2015

Producers lavish a lot of care and attention of their cows' hooves. But how good are they at looking after their own feet? We spoke to two physiotherapists and a boot manufacturer to find out why personal 'hoof care' is so vital.

 

Testimonial Darren McMurran, Banbridge, Co Down.

320-cow herd, currently expanding to 500 cow, averaging 12.100 litres.

"Boot comfort is really important to me, particularly since I easily spend more than eight hours every day wearing them. I look for a pair of boots that give good ankle and leg support, and they've got to be light - they can't be clumsy. And for safety reasons they have to have good tread, to offer plenty of grip."

"As one of the 2014 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup finalists, I received a complementary pair of Bekina® Boots and, compared with some other brands available, these tick all the boxes."

 

Cow Management, UK, Oct isuue, text by Rachael Porter: download

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Trends Gazellen 2015

17/02/2015
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Bekina® Boots was nominated Trends Gazelles 2015.

The fast growing companies listed in the Trends Gazelles 2015 ranking are always strong and competitive companies in their domain and for their region. An honor for Bekina® Boots to belong to the top.

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