Our company, our history

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Onderstaande tijdlijn geeft aan hoe Ketele nv doorheen de jaren uitgroeide tot het bedrijf van vandaag.

1963
Ketele is founded
In de gemeente Edegem wordt in het jaar 1963 'Ketele', toen nog onder de vorm van een pvba, opgericht door Karel Guido Ketele. Op dat moment is het nog een eenmansbedrijfje. De firma bestaat dan uit een kantoor en een kleine werkplaats met magazijnruimte, gespecialiseerd in de verkoop van hoogfrequent lastoestellen.
1963
1969
A larger building
Na enkele jaren moet uitgekeken worden naar een groter gebouw. De firma verhuist naar de Prins Boudewijnlaan te Edegem. Ondertussen werken er drie mensen in het bedrijf.
1969
1979
Moving out again
Het pand te Edegem is na enkele jaren alweer te klein geworden. K.G. Ketele beslist om te verhuizen naar een ruim gebouw met ateliers en magazijnen, in totaal een kleine 1.800 m² groot. Gedurende een kleine 40 jaar zal Ketele aan de Mechelsesteenweg te Hove gevestigd zijn.
Ketele nv te Hove
1979
1980
Erik Ketele comes aboard
Guido's eldest son Erik comes to work in the company. The business activities are increasingly evolving towards engraving and routers. Under Erik's management & vision, Ketele will grow into a leading company in the field of CNC portal routing machines.
1980
1981
The 1st computer-controlled engraving machine
The very first computer-controlled engraving machine is delivered by our company in Europe. The then ultra-modern Dahlgren Wizzard was a milestone in the engraving world.
Dahlgren Wizzard
1981
1984
Graflux is founded
In the mid-1980s it was decided to start up its own brand and production of plastic engraving plates. The Graflux brand is born. Today Graflux is sold worldwide through an extensive dealer network. Graflux is available in more than 50 different color combinations, 3 thicknesses and, if desired, we make them self-adhesive with a 3M adhesive layer on the back. Want to know more about our engraving sheets? Click the button below.
Graflux
1984
1993
Ketele becomes Multicam distributor
In the early 1990s, Ketele becomes the exclusive distributor of Multicam routers in the Benelux. These high-quality American routing machines quickly find their way to hundreds of customers in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg.
Multicam logo
1993
2007
The 3rd generation
Early 2007 Erik's oldest son Olivier also joins the company. Meanwhile, 12 people are employed at Ketele.
2007
2011
Cyborg routers
At the end of 2011 it is decided to build CNC routers ourselves. All the knowledge we have in-house is put into the Cyborgs, resulting in progressive, fast and reliable routing machines.
2011
2013
50 years of Ketele
In 2013 we celebrated our 50th anniversary! The company has since grown into a thriving SME with an extensive range of routers, engraving machines, laser engraving machines, laser cutters, tools, etc. ... In other words, the specialist in milling and engraving!
50 jaar Ketele nv
2013
2017
The 500th CNC router
In mei 2017 installeren we de 500e CNC freesmachine in de Benelux! Het machinepark groeit jaar na jaar, net zoals de schare trouwe klanten.
Levering cnc
2017
2019
Ketele moves to Kontich
Het pand te Hove is na 40 jaar machines bouwen en verkopen te klein geworden, de firma barst uit z'n voegen. Er wordt een nieuw industrieel gebouw te Kontich aangekocht op de industriezone 'Blauwe Steen'. Dankzij de moderne, goed uitgeruste werkplaatsen en kantoren zijn we weer klaar voor de volgende 50 jaar!
Blauwesteenstraat 91
2019
2021
Innovative transformations
Many innovations are being rolled out this year. For example, the new webshop will go "live" and many groundbreaking developments are coming, we will of course keep you informed. Stay tuned!
Digitale transformatie
2021

Our team consists of specialists whom excel every day

Team

Our account managers are not only specialized in selling machines, they know every device and the associated software from A to Z. All customers are in direct contact with an experienced and trained point of contact, even many years after the purchase and installation of a machine. You can contact our account managers with all your questions, they are happy to help you devise the most optimal strategies and help you streamline your workflow. 

Our field engineers have extensive technological knowledge and are able to solve any unexpected problem quickly & adequately. They have a fully equipped van with the necessary tools and can carry out repairs on location within the shortest period of time. So if you unexpectedly have a breakdown or having an issue, we solve it quickly and correctly!

Our administration ensures you can contact Ketele for accessories, tools, consumables, etc. Orders are handled quickly and smoothly. You can pick up your ordered good during office hours or have them shipped via UPS. (Ordered before 12 noon will be delivered the next day at your doorstep.)

Do you have questions about your current machine? Are you looking for a new milling machine or perhaps a laser? Do you want to optimize your workflow within your production? You could use quite a bit of help and advice? We are available and are happy to help you!