Wittock-Van Landeghem

‘Wittock-Van Landeghem’ was an abandoned textile factory in Temse, Belgium. It produced canvas for sails, tents and tarpaulins of high quality for outdoor use. The company had another factory in Hulst.

WvL started in 1842 and became one of the six textile factories in Temse. It had 150 employees in its heyday. In 1983 the factory was in the news because of a robbery by the Bende van Nijvel. This crime gang stole seven bulletproof vests and killed the security officer. These vests were produced here, in secret for the Belgian police.

The factory closed its doors in the mid-1990s after the company merged with ‘TIS textiles’ in 1997. The production is moved to the TIS factory in Kerksken. Only one year later the new company was sold to Sioen Industries. The highly polluted grounds were cleaned just after my visit in 2008 and the buildings are partly demolished in 2010. The remaining halls are used again by some local businesses. I took these photos of the ‘Wittock-Van Landeghem’ factory in 2008.

Wittock-Van Landeghem
Wittock-Van Landeghem
Wittock-Van Landeghem
Wittock-Van Landeghem
Wittock-Van Landeghem
Wittock-Van Landeghem
Wittock-Van Landeghem
Wittock-Van Landeghem

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