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Filature François Scheppers (Belgium)

When in 1842 François Scheppers left his trade house in Brussels to build a modern factory in Lot, a quaint village near the Belgian capital, it kick-started a migration wave, which led to a substantial growth of the little village. The hundreds of workers who had become unemployed when the construction of the Fort of Steendorp was completed now moved to Lot to work in Scheppers’ Société anonyme de Loth pour la Filature et la Fabricaton de Tissus de Laines Peignées. Scheppers built his textile factory right in the middle of the railway, the river Zenne and the canal Brussels-Charleroi. This prime location allowed him to make abundant use of the natural resources in the manufacturing process (e.g. the water from the river for textile cleaning) and also facilitated the transportation of the produced goods. In the following years, the factory blossomed and Scheppers was named a member of the prestigious Orde van Leopold I for the leading role that he played in the industrialization of the country. In its final years, the Société anonyme de Loth changed its name to Cartonnex. This new name unfortunately did not bring salvation. Cartonnex underwent the same fate that many Belgian textile factories succumbed to in this period; unable to compete with cheap foreign labour markets, the factory was forced to close its doors. Recently, large parts of the factory have been demolished while other parts are being reconverted.

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Filature EDP (Belgium)

The filature was built in 1895 and later on, in 1926, a spinning mill was added. The last expansion to the factory was built in 1964. The spinning mill went bankrupt in 1976 and the whole factory had to close its doors in 1982.

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Filature N (Belgium)

Abandoned textile factory and spinning mill. This immense factory was famous for its industrial carpet production. When the overarching textile group that this factory belonged to went bankrupt several years ago, hundreds of workers lost their jobs.

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OCU (Belgium)

Abandoned spinning & weaving mill. This factory once belonged to one of Belgium’s major textile groups, which at a certain point in time employed more than 10.000 people. This textile group was established around WW1 when a noble family, several financial institutions and a couple of weaving mills decided to join hands. However, a drastic internal restructuring which took place a couple of years ago, rendered the factory superfluous and – as a consequence – it was left abandoned.

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DeWe (Belgium)

Abandoned textile factory.

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Lavoir et Carbonisage de D (Belgium)

Wool washing and carbonisation plant in the east of Belgium. After years of neglect, the plant will soon be reconverted.

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Lavoir de Laines (Belgium)

The wool washing plant became abandoned in 2004. In its productive years, the plant used to turn freshly shaven wool into a clean wool product, ready to be used by the different textile factories in the area.

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Filature Beernaerts (Belgium)

Abandoned spinning mill.

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Vetex (Belgium)

Abandoned textile factory, located in the heart of the textile industry in Belgium. Parts of the Vetex factory have already been reconverted.

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Factory S (Belgium)

Textile company that went bankrupt because it couldn’t compete anymore with companies in foreign cheaper labour markets.

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Hélène Des Champs (Belgium)

Manufacturer of high quality lingerie.

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Filature De Leie (Belgium)

Abandoned spinning mill in a region that used to be the heart of the textile industry in Belgium.

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KTM (Belgium)

Settled in the textile center of Belgium, the ‘Kortrijkse Textiel Maatschappij’ once had 800 employees. The oldest buildings of KTM date back to 1950 whilst some halls were added in the 70’s. In 2001 the company went bankrupt and the factory became abandoned.

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St. Hubert (Belgium)

Textile factory, mainly manufacturing curtains, located in the textile centre of Belgium. When the activities moved to other countries, the factory got abandoned.

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Filature Nouvelle Orléans (Belgium)

The original cotton mill was founded in 1896. After a fusion with another cotton company, it got its name ‘Filature Nouvelle Orléans’ in 1957. In 1972 a takeover took place and the factory eventually closed down in 1990. Until 1996 the buildings were used for different purposes by Barco.

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