About Us

History

1976
After having produced front loaders, cultivators and harrows, Adrien van de Walle started a business as a tractor and agricultural machine dealer.

1978–1985
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.

1985
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.

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1988
Development of a mixing bucket.

1995
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.

1995
Adrien’s son Andy joins the business

1999
First tests with straw blowers. Additional developments in tillage, among others with seed bed combines.

2003
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.

2004
Development of a mixing blade for larger quantities of grass.

 

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2007
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.

2008
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.

2009
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

2010
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.

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2012
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).

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2014
Installation of a welding robot.
Patent application for our mini straw blower.

2015
Acquisition of a new CNC lathe and CNC milling machine.

2016
Acquisition of an additional bending machine.

Development of the grass silage fork.

2017
Construction of new offices, reception and additional employee spaces (changing rooms, showers, cafeteria, etc.).

2018
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.

2019
Purchase of a laser cutter in order to further improve on quality

 

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