History

Today Meubelfabriek Theuns has developed into a company that focuses on the design, production and sale of solid oak furniture. Through a combination of craftsmanship and customer-focus a second generation with the brothers Theo, Ludo and Marc, has managed to increase the turnover considerably. Together with our staff of 90 employees we are able to guarantee continuity.

2017

A new office complex with showroom is inaugurated.

2016

A new show van is purchased to launch the Thothem brand as well as other exclusive models.

2015

The family nature of the company is ensured by the integration of the 3rd generation.

2014

The automated panel production is being increased with a sanding street.

2012

We showed a complete new exhibition stand at the International Furniture Fair in Brussels and won with our new range Landeck, the Balthazar "most green" award.

2010

The PEFC certificate is reached! All the furniture is manufactured in European oak that is certified with the PEFC certifications. This means that the forest where the oak trees were cut, will be replaced by young oak trees.

2009

A complete new automatic panel department is installed and in use.
From the 6th until the 13th June, MTE is celebrating their 75th anniversary.

2008

There is a second large extension of the dispatch- and machinery department by an area of 3,400 m².
Total built-over area : 21,000 m²

2003

Due to increasing automation the machine department is extended by an area of 1,315 m².

2002

Rising production creates an urgent need for a larger wood depot.
New total area wood depot : 3,730 m².

1999

Second extension of 2,400 m². There is a new, fully automated spraying department and a new dispatch department.

1991

By now the second generation is already active in the business and in this year they take over the factory so that it continues to be a family concern.

1989

The production process becomes increasingly automated and the first computer-controlled machines are put to use.

1978

The company becomes a limited liability company: Meubelfabriek Theuns NV.
The production department is extended by 2,400 m².

1976

Full occupation of the new factory buildings.
Buildings : 7,520 m²
Wood depot : 2,480 m²

1974

By now the company has become one of the biggest companies producing Breton style furniture. As the production space in the centre of Essen is in full use, 3.5 ha of land is bought on the industrial zone, ‘De Rijckmaker’.

1964

Foundation of the plc Frans Theuns- Hendrickx.

1950

The existing furniture shop at Nieuwstraat 32 grows with the business. In the same period land is bought in the Dreef and this becomes the new entrance to the company.

1945

After the war the business moves to the centre of Essen at Nieuwstraat 18; a year later his brother Jules joins the staff.

1938

As the orders increase he is forced to hire workers including his brother Jozef.

1934

Frans Theuns starts producing oak furniture using handmade machines in Heikant in Essen. The furniture is made to order and delivered to customers by dogcart.

Pure oak

Belgian product