OUR HISTORY, YOUR FUTURE
Founded in 1892, the Focquet family business aims at purchasing, transforming and distributing efficient and reliable industrial equipment, adapted to various application sectors. For 130 years, these equipments have been distributed through our company or in partnership with distributors, guaranteeing quality products, a fast service and a unique know-how acquired throughout our history. Our 130 years of experience in the market have enabled us to evolve into a dynamic, international and client-oriented company.
1892 - Creation of Focquet
The company Focquet, originally named “SA Etablissements Charles Focquet & Cie NV”, was founded in 1892 in Brussels. Initially, its core business was the purchase, repair, sale and lease of electric generators, steam-powered equipment and gas-powered machinery.
1898 - New factory in Vilvoorde, Belgium
In 1898, the company decided to build a new factory in Vilvoorde (near Brussels) in order to expand and deal with heavy machinery. The company operated at that time mainly in Belgium, the Belgian Congo as well as in other countries such as Egypt.
1982 - Reorientation of our activities
Due to the gradual replacement of steam-driven motors by diesel motors in the years 1950-1960, Focquet decided to focus mainly on reconditioned electric machines.
The company will then be modernized and restructured in the 1990s. Since then, the company has experienced an uninterrupted growth.
1996 - Marketing of engines under its own trademarks
Focquet’s biggest milestone was in 1996, when the company decided to market new slipring and squirrel-cage motors under its own trademark: European Electric Company (2€C). These motors rapidly acquired a reputation for superior quality at competitive prices, winning over a growing clientele in Belgium, Europe and beyond. They were followed by other new equipment, including: Transformers, direct-current motors, soft starters, variable speed drives AC/DC, alternators, pumps, electric power generators, etc.
2014 - New factory in Gembloux, Belgium
In 2014, the company decides to build a new factory in Gembloux and moves there in November 2014. This move will be strategic for the image of the company. Its storage capacity increased to more than 5,500m2 and the company modernized with the establishment of a high-performance computerized inventory scanning system that allows faster processing of its clients’ demands. The new site includes a shop, a workshop for electrical machines and a workshop for pumps, as well as offices adapted to the current and future needs of a growing company. This large-scale move allows the company to enjoy more than 20,000 engines in stock and to strengthen its major asset: a complete inventory to quickly respond to customer needs and ensure rapid delivery to customers.
2015 - Expanding our offices abroad
In 2015, the company decided to open two additional offices abroad: one in France, the other in Germany. These offices, managed by highly qualified employees in the field of electric motors, allow the company to increase its customer base and its notoriety in these countries.
2015 - 2022 - A steady growth
Since 2020, the company has been growing steadily thanks to its increasing customer base, its numerous partnerships, its acquired certifications and its reputation. Focquet remains a family company who share their experience and know-how since three generations. It has for several years been surrounded by a strong team of fifteen engineers and specialized technicians in order to better meet their customers’ needs and offer them tailor-made solutions that are fast, reliable and of high quality. Over the years, the company has acquired a strategic position in both the Belgian and international markets and has steadily increased its reputation. As a result, the company has become major player in the market of industrial power equipment.
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