After having produced front loaders, cultivators and harrows, Adrien van de Walle started a business as a tractor and agricultural machine dealer.
His first hit product was a silage extraction machine with spade, following shortly thereafter was the silage extraction machine with cutter chain.
Hiring our first employee: Erwin Willems.
Starts making fodder buckets with a discharge auger.
The workshop became too small, so we moved to number 7 on the same street.
Transformation from a sole proprietorship into a limited liability company.
Acquisition of plate shears and bending machines.
Development of a mixing bucket.
Over time, the mixing buckets increased in size, which ultimately evolved into a 5 m³ automatic silage extraction mixing cart that operates with a silage block cutter.
Adrien’s son Andy joins the business
First tests with straw blowers. Additional developments in tillage, among others with seed bed combines.
VDW Constructie is acquired by Erwin Willems and Andy van de Walle. Erwin had been with the company since 1979 and knew it better than anybody else.
Development of a mixing blade for larger quantities of grass.
VDW was one of the first to develop a vertical mixing bucket, a concept derived from vertical mixing carts. It’s a machine carried by a mixing tank and thus can also be made for automatic silage extraction.
Celebration of the company’s 30-year anniversary. An open-house weekend brought out 2,500 visitors to the company. It was a real success!
Acquisition of the first 3D-drawing programme.
Moved to a new 8,000 m² site on Kapellestraat.
Won the Silver Hoof prize for our straw chopper.
Acquisition of a large high-definition plasma cutter (2.5 m x 14 m).
Developers of silage spreaders
Switched to a new treatment of machines using two component coating. An automated coating mixing system was bought in order to be able to accurately mix the coating according to specifications.
Acquisition of two extra lifts for the workshop.
Expansion of the 3D drawing software as it relates to a PDM system (product data management), in order to better keep track of constantly faster developments and to update bespoke solutions more quickly.
Purchase of a second plasma cutter.
Development of the PomOver transfer belt (to transfer the harvested potatoes to a truck driven alongside the harvester).
Installation of a welding robot.
Patent application for our mini straw blower.
Acquisition of a new CNC lathe and CNC milling machine.
Acquisition of an additional bending machine.
Development of the grass silage fork.
Construction of new offices, reception and additional employee spaces (changing rooms, showers, cafeteria, etc.).
Installation of a rail system stretching from the coating department to assembly.
Acquisition of an additional footbridge.
Patent application for a small beet cleaner/cutter.
Purchase of a laser cutter in order to further improve on quality