1925 – 1953: Small brickyard in Spouwen
In 1925 Jaak Vandersanden founds a small brickyard in Spouwen with a field kiln and a field press. The bricks are dried under shelters. In 1953 Jaak's son Constant replaces the ring kiln with a Hoffman indoor kiln.
1962 – 1994: Expansion and modernization
The second brickworks with the first tunnel kiln is opened in Spouwen. And an additional brickyard is opened in Veldwezelt. It closes in 1987 and is replaced by a third ultra-modern factory in Spouwen.
Acquisition of the Euceram brickworks in Hekelgem and Mosabrik brickworks in Lanklaar. Production in Spouwen and Hekelgem is completely mechanized. In 1994 the factory in Lanklaar is also modernized and the capacity is doubled by 2 additional kilns.
1995 – 2001: Implementation of environmentally-conscious techniques
Replacement of the first 2 factories in Spouwen by a second large and ultra-modern factory. This new plant doubles the production capacity to 100 million bricks per year.
Spouwen is where the environmentally-conscious techniques start: a combined heat and power plant for generating its own electricity. All factory chimneys have flue gas filters installed to purify the combustion gases that are emitted.
At the beginning of the millennium new offices with a showroom are built in Spouwen and Lanklaar.
2001 – 2007: Expansion into the Netherlands
Acquisition of the Dutch brickworks Duijs in Hedikhuizen. Foundation of Huwa-Vandersanden. The 50-50 joint venture with Huwa Baksteen manages 3 plant units in Hedikhuizen, Spijk and Angeren.
Vandersanden (200 employees) and Huwa-Vandersanden (130 employees), with an annual production of 415 million facing bricks and 35 million pavers, are n° 3 in Europe.
In 2006 the construction of a new ultra-modern manufacturing unit in Hedikhuizen is started up with a production capacity of 75 million bricks per year. Building and installations are designed and constructed with a view to a high level of energy efficiency.
In 2007 Vandersanden België and Huwa-Vandersanden Nederland produce more than 500 million bricks.
2007 – 2012: Largest brick-producing family business in Europe
Opening of a new sales office and showroom in Halluin, near Menen in northern France.
Cessation of the cooperation with Huwa, whereby Vandersanden takes over 2 of the 3 plants in the Netherlands. The bricks are continued under the name Vandersanden. For the pavers the brand name remains Huwa.
At the end of 2011 the Hekelgem site is closed down.
With 2 production sites in Belgium and 2 in the Netherlands, Vandersanden has become the largest brick-producing family business in Europe. Vandersanden Group has a total sales of ca. 60 million pavers and ca. 320 million bricks a year.