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Any mention of the name Picanol, immediately brings up the thought of weaving machines. For over eighty years, Picanol has been a worldwide pioneer, and today, we are one of the leading weaving machine manufacturers in the world. However, Picanol is more than a weaving machine manufacturer. Founded in 1936, the Picanol Group has evolved from a traditional machine manufacturer into a worldwide supplier of complete solutions for the textile industry and other sectors. Nevertheless, a company also has a profound social impact. This is no different for Picanol. Much is owed to the dedication of the founders of the company and their successors. ​

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    PsiControl is constructing a new factory in Romania

    2020

    PsiControl is currently constructing a new factory in Rasnov (Romania). The works should be completed by the end of 2021.

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    Proferro invests in an automatic high-bay warehouse

    2020

    Proferro is currently investing in an automatic high-bay warehouse in Ieper that will come into operation in the spring of 2021.

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    Picanol launches the new TerryPlus-i

    2020

    In September 2020, Picanol launched the new TerryPlus-i, which is the most efficient and versatile airjet weaving machine on the market for terry weaving.

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    100,000th rapier weaving machine in Ieper

    2020

    In May 2020, Picanol realized another impressive milestone when its 100,000th rapier weaving machine rolled off the production line at its plant in Ieper, Belgium. Picanol is also celebrating 45 years of manufacturing rapier weaving machines in 2020.

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    Picanol launches OmniPlus-i at ITMA Barcelona

    2019

    In June 2019, Picanol has launched its newest airjet weaving machine, the OmniPlus-i, at ITMA Barcelona. With the introduction of the OmniPlus-i, Picanol set a new benchmark in airjet weaving machines.

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    30,000th BlueBox at PsiControl

    2019

    PsiControl produced its 30,000th BlueBox, which is the controller for the Picanol weaving machines. PsiControl started the production of the BlueBox for the airjet weaving machines in 2012, and since 2017 the BlueBox control box has also been installed on the rapier weaving machines. With the BlueBox, not only the box and the printed circuit boards were renewed, but also the entire software. All of this was developed within PsiControl. In addition, the BlueBox control system was designed in a modular way, which allows for future expansions.

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    Picanol produces its 100,000th airjet machine

    2019

    In 2019, Picanol announced the production of its 100,000th airjet machine. This OMNIplus Summum formed part of a larger order made by Naveena Export LTD Karachi, Pakistan. In fact, the Naveena Group now has more than 300 Picanol machines in operation and continues to rapidly expand.

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    Record year of the Picanol Group

    2017

    In 2017 the Picanol Group realized a consolidated turnover of 688.93 million euros. This means that the Picanol Group outperformed its previous record year (a turnover of 639.78 million euros was recorded in 2016).

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    The Picanol Group celebrated its 80th anniversary

    2016

    On Saturday 18 June 2016, the Picanol Group celebrated its anniversary with a festival for all employees and partners at our premises in Ypres.

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    New weaving machines

    2015

    In 2015, Picanol celebrated the 40th anniversary of the production of rapier weaving machines with the global launch of its new OptiMax-i rapier machine, the fastest industrially produced rapier weaving machine in the world. Picanol also launched two new weaving machines for the weaving of terry cloth: the TerryMax-i (rapier) and the TERRYplus Summum (airjet). Picanol is the only machine manufacturer to offer both rapier and airjet technology for terry cloth weaving. In November 2015, Picanol successfully participated in the 17th edition of ITMA in Milan, the most important four-yearly textile machinery exhibition in the world. Pleasingly, the new Picanol machines were received with considerable acclaim.

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    Luc Tack Manager of the Year

    2015

    Luc Tack, managing director of the Picanol Group, has been chosen Manager of the Year 2014. The award, an initiative of the Flemish business weekly Trends, is being presented this year for the 30th time. The winner was selected by a jury of entrepreneurs, specialists and journalists in combination with online voting on the Trends website. Luc Tack, who was nominated for the third time in a row, follows Atlas Copco boss Ronnie Leten. ‘The jury singled out Luc Tack for his daring, ambition and strategic vision,’ explained jury chairman Luc Vandewalle. ‘Thanks to his outstanding management decisions Luc has managed to create renewal and growth at Picanol. Furthermore, with his achievements at Picanol he is a worthy successor to recent winners who have all been exemplary in the consistency, soundness and stability of their management.’

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    Opening new test area and training center

    2014

    On 11 September 2014, Picanol inaugurated its new training center and new test area in Ieper in the presence of Mr. Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of the Government of Flanders. Since improving the competitiveness through further productivity and quality improvements and targeted investments is a top priority, an investment program for an amount of 17.5 million euros in Ieper was approved in 2013. This investment plan includes the new test area for weaving machines, the new training center and the purchase of several production machines.

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    Picanol buys shares of Tessenderlo Chemie NV

    2013

    SNPE SA and Picanol Group have signed on 25 July 2013 a binding agreement for the sale of a stake held by SNPE SA in Tessenderlo Chemie NV, representing 27.52% of the share capital of Tessenderlo Chemie NV.

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    New headquarter in America

    2013

    In March, Picanol of America opened its new headquarters at 65 Kitty Hawk Road in Greenville. The official inauguration ceremony of the new U.S. headquarters took place in the presence of more than 150 customers. As 2013 sees Picanol celebrating more than 50 years of Picanol in America, the opening of the new headquarters in Greenville represents yet another milestone in its long history in the United States.

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    Picanol Group invests

    2012

    In 2012, Picanol Group invested in the further expansion of its global sales and services network, including a new headquarters in India and a new office for Picanol of America.

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    Picanol celebrates @ ITMA Barcelona

    2011

    At the four-yearly ITMA textile machinery exhibition in late September in Barcelona, ​​Picanol celebrates its 75th anniversary with the introduction of two new products: the new high-end airjet weaving machine OMNIplus Summum and the positive rapier weaving machine (for very wide fabrics up to 540 cm).

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    300.000th weaving machine in Ieper

    2010

    Early June saw the 300,000th weaving machine pass the end of the production line since production first commenced in Ypres.

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    New rapier weaving machine

    2007

    In March, Picanol launched a new rapier weaving machine, the OptiMax. Also in 2007, the GT-Max is launched. Production of this machine started beginning 2008 in Suzhou.

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    New OMNIplus 800

    2005

    In April, Picanol launched the airjet weaving machine OMNIplus 800. With this weaving machine, Picanol set the standard for profitable airjet weaving.

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    Expansion in China

    1994

    Picanol further expanded in China. With the establishment of the joint venture Suzhou Picanol Textile Machinery (STM), 60 % owned by Picanol, Picanol started producing textile machinery in China.

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    ISO9001-certification

    1993

    Picanol was the first weaving machine manufacturer to obtain the ISO9001-certification in July 1993.

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    Quick Style Change system

    1992

    Picanol introduced a new airjet generation in the early nineties. The Delta and Omni airjet weaving machines both used this technology and were equipped with the unique Quick Style Change system, which enables a total style change in less than 30 minutes by 1 person.

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    Breakthrough

    1983

    At ITMA in Milan, Picañol was the first to show an airjet and rapier weaving machine monitored and controlled by microprocessor technology. The GTM rapier symbolized a breakthrough in the electronically controlled, shuttle-less rapier weaving machine industry.

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    Presentation PAT

    1980

    By 1980, the revolutionary PAT weaving machine was developed, using the airjet insertion technology. The PAT was presented at the ATME exhibition in Greenville.

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    Presentation of PGW

    1975

    In 1975 , the company presented the PGW at ITMA Milan. The PGW was the first Picañol shuttleless weaving machine and used the new rapier insertion technology.

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    Introduction of the MDC

    1971

    At the ITMA exhibition in Paris, Picañol surprised the textile industry with the introduction of the MDC, the world's first electronically controlled shuttle weaving machine.

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    Picañol on the stock exchange

    1966

    In 1966, Picañol was listed for the fist time on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

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    Investing in new production halls

    1963

    The company invested in new production halls. An automatic foundry and new assembly line, having a capacity of 10,000 shuttle machines per year, were built outside the city center of Ypres.

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    Presentation of the President

    1951

    At ITMA in Lille, Picañol presented the President, the automatic weaving machine with which Picañol conquered the world. More than 160,000 President Machines were sold, making the name of Picañol known and respected throughout the weaving world.

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    The beginning

    1936

    In 1936 , the Belgian industrialist Charles Steverlynck set up the company Weefautomaten Picañol NV. The first weaving machine was based on a design from the Spanish engineer Jaime Picañol.