Sofinal-Cotesa Textiel

Abandoned: 2003

Demolished: 2008

Visited: 2007

Waregem, Belgium

In 1928 Valère Devos started textile factory Cotesa-Devos with his brothers. During the WW II he had to leave the company for his collaboration with the Germans. But he started his own business, Sofinal. The big success for this company started in the early 1970s. The different departments of the company were named Sofitex, Sofisilk, Soficoat and Sofispin.


In 1991 Sofinal-Cotesa was at its economic peak: nearly 1,400 employees worked in the factory. But not only the profits were rising, the debts became more and more a problem. In 2000 Benoît Devos was forced to leave the company, but a new management couldn’t save it. In 1987 the company took over Cotesa. Family problems and big investments are the beginning of the end for the new created company. In the 1990s the factory moves from the city centre to a big and modern building outside the city. But in 2003 Sofinal went bankrupt and 619 employees became unemployed. The old buildings in the city centre were demolished in 2008.

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