The company, with headquarters in Kortrijk, Belgium, is engaged in the manufacturing of steel wiredrawing, steel nails and spikes. The company was founded by Leo Leander Bekaert in 1880.The company produces and markets a wide range of products based on its two core competences: advanced metal transformation and advanced materials and coatings. Products include wires for the industry, advanced coatings, building products, cable & cords, combustion technology, composites, conductive plastics, fencing systems, filtration, industrial mesh, metal fibers, rubber reinforcement, stainless wires, strand, technical textiles, and window films.Bekaert SA/NV is number one in wire drawing, ultra-thin metal fibers, high pressure vessels for seawater desalination and sputter targets for low E-glass and in diamond-like coatings for CD and DVD moulds and for racing cars. It is number two in solar and safety window film. It aims for operational excellence in all its activities.The company is active in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Middle & Far East, North America, and Oceania.Its competitors are primarily in the wire & cable manufacturing industry, glass & clay product manufacturing, and metal fabrication sectors such as Arcelor Brasil, Furukawa Electric, and NHK Spring.
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