Geert De Poorter, chairman and managing director of NV De Poorter and BVBA Knittex, developed an interest in knitting and knitted textiles at a very early age. He went on to graduate from the St Niklaas College of Technology, an acknowledged centre of expertise in textiles science.
In 1985, Geert started his own business producing high-quality knitwear. Within a few years, this ‘cottage industry’ expanded to become NV De Poorter, co-founded in 1989 by Geert and his wife Ingrid Van Holsbeke. The new enterprise focused on creating a unique line of ladies’ fashionwear which found favour at home and abroad.
Over time, the worsening economic climate in Europe and fierce competition from the low-wage countries forced NV De Poorter to explore new markets. The firm invested in high-quality industrial circular knitting machines and its focus gradually shifted from fashion to specialist products. Having taken expert advice, Geert and Ingrid discontinued their garment lines in favour of knitted technical textiles.
In 2007, this change of direction prompted the creation of a second company, BVBA Knittex, in which Geert’s son Frederik plays a very prominent role.
Frederik has a broad technical education and, with the expert guidance of his father, was quickly able to master the intricacies of the knitted fabrics sector. He takes a very close interest in the latest generation of electronic machines and often visits overseas suppliers to keep abreast of the rapidly developing technology. Father and son form a strong, dynamic team with a clear long-term vision. The name BVBA Knittex stands for development, production and growth.