Built: 1935

Abandoned: 2002

Demolished: 2006

Visited: 2005

Herent, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium

Henkel AG & Company, headquartered in Düsseldorf, is a multinational company active both in the consumer and industrial sector. The company is organized into three globally operating business units: laundry & home care, beauty care and adhesive technologies. The comnpany is most known for brands such as Persil and Fa amongst others. Henkel was founded in 1876 by Fritz Henkel in Aachen.


This factory in Herent produced Persil washing powder. The brand Persil was first introduced in 1907. The factory in Henkel was opened in 1935 to produce Persil because of the increasing market in Europe. Persil was the first commercial “self-activated” laundry detergent, which means a bubbles forming bleach (sodium perborate) with a soap component (silicate). The abbreviation of the names of the two main components perborate and silicate compose the product name.


Since the late 1990s the washing powders were mostly took over by the liquid soaps. Herent wasn’t prepared for the liquid and concentrated washing detergents. It closed in 2002 and 214 people lost their job. The site was changed to a living area in 2008. Some parts were demolished.

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