UNILIN celebrates 60th anniversary
“Up until the late 50s the loam, the residual product resulting from the scutching of flax, was incinerated. Several flax families joined forces in looking for a sustainable way to process this loam. They came up with the idea of investing in the manufacturing of boards constructed of loam, the so-called flax chipboards. UNILIN, a contraction of ‘Union de Lin’, was founded on 5 March 1960. Initially the Ooigem site had just one press and 60 staff”, UNILIN CEO Bernard Thiers explains.
In the 60s and 70s the loam was gradually replaced by wood chips. Nowadays a chipboard consists almost entirely of recycled wood recovered from container parks and demolition works.
UNILIN stands for an ongoing focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and a constant drive for improvement. Quick-Step laminate was developed in 1990, exactly thirty years ago, and in 1997 Quick-Step celebrated a world first with its glueless laminate floor.
Over the years UNILIN has continually expanded its range. Today UNILIN’s 5,200 staff across 20 manufacturing facilities worldwide generate a turnover of €1.7 billion.
“UNILIN is a true success story written on a daily basis by dedicated teams and driven employees. We wouldn’t be where we are today without their unfailing commitment. That is why we have chosen to celebrate our 60th anniversary all year long with our employees. On 5 March we are inviting them to a birthday party complete with birthday cake; on 26 September there’s a big celebration for all our employees with their partners and children, we’re putting our colleagues that are turning 60 this year in the spotlight, ... We are all looking forward to building on this momentum in the future!”, says Bernard Thiers.
Exactly 60 years ago, forty flax farmers founded a new chipboard manufacturing company in Ooigem. The company was called UNILIN and developed into a leading international player, thanks amongst others to the famous Quick-Step floors.Read more