Damiaan De Saedeleir (5th from the left) starts a small business in collecting industry wastes. He collects, sorts and trades rags and metals.
Both sons of Damiaan, Pascal and Florent, take over the business. They specialise in pulling the collected textiles and selling the shoddy fibres to textile companies in Flanders. At the time De Saedeleir has three locations in the village of Lebbeke, near Dendermonde
Soon after World War II De Saedeleir concentrates on collecting textile waste and regenerated fibres. Textile manufacturers are confronted with a great shortage of raw material in this period, and De Saedeleir helps them to overcome production difficulties
A third generation, Leo and Jean De Saedeleir, take over the business. With their extraordinary entrepreneurial mind the company starts a steep climb.
The company is growing fast, and soon the three locations in Lebbeke are too small and impractical. De Saedeleir Textiles therefore moves to the current industrial site in Dendermonde. DAM De Saedeleir N.V. becomes an important player in the needlepunched carpet business.
De Saedeleir launches into the production of polypropylene fibres. From now on the company provides in its own fibre supply. DS Fibres is founded
DS Fibres introduces dope dyed polyester fibres. This technique, also known as mass dying, had already been applied successfully to polypropylene fibres and now improves the quality of the polyester fibres considerably.
The expansion of De Saedeleir Textile Platform, as it is called today, takes another turn, as competitor Alfa Floor is taken over by the group. De Saedeleir Textile Platform is developing into a major industrial employer in Flanders with international ambitions.
By this time, a fourth generation, Patrick, Pascal, Kris and Dirk De Saedeleir already work in the business for several years. Each family member is guided and trained well for their upcoming tasks.
The fourth generation officially takes over the company and organises it, ready to go in the 21st century.
DS Textile Platform takes over the activities of Tarkett Sommer in Baisieux, France. Sommer Needlepunch is born. It is specialised and focusing on event-, home- and garden floor coverings.
DS Textile Platform is the first in Europe to introduce fibres, carpets and nonwovens from renewable resources. Therefore a Licence agreement with NatureworksPLA Inc. was agreed.