Libeco-Lagae

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Libeco
Formerly called
Libeert & Cie
Victor Lagae & Louis Carton
Industry Textiles
Founded 1864; 153 years ago (1864) (Libeert & Cie)
Kortrijk, Belgium
1858; 159 years ago (1858) (Victor Lagae & Louis Carton)
Kortrijk, Belgium
Founders Paul Libeert
Victor Lagae
Headquarters Meulebeke, Belgium
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Raymond Libeert
(CEO)
Number of employees
200 (2017)
Website www.libeco.com

Libeco is a Belgian textile company which manufactures and distributes linen and linen products. The company grew out of the merger of Libeco and Lagae on 2 June 1997. The head office is located in Meulebeke in a region of Flanders which is known for its flax culture and its textile industry.

History[edit]

Libeco started in 1864 as a warehouse for pure linen fabrics produced in the homes of the cottage industry of the region. In 1904 the company started its own production. After World War I the company started exporting, especially to South America. After World War II, in the 1960s Libeco expanded further.

Lagae Linens was established in 1858 as a manufacturer of fine cambric and handkerchiefs. The company took over Tissages de Gryze in Meulebeke and expanded their weaving production. Despite its partial destruction in 1940 the company succeeded in recovering from the damage and expanded its production capacity.

Libeco and Lagae merged on 2 June 1997 and created Libeco·Lagae. Since 2006, the company has been holding the title of Purveyor to the Court. In 2013 the company changed its name and logo to Libeco.

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