In 1908, A.W. and H.P. van Hout founded the Van Hout clog manufacturing company. The company grew fast, and the first machines were soon acquired. In order to process entire tree trunks, Van Hout started the production of sawn timber in 1913. And to increase the yield even more, production was expanded a year later to include the manufacture of woodwool, a product that was in considerable demand, particularly for the packaging industry. Some of the woodwool was also used within the company for the manufacture of woodwool cement slabs, destined for the construction industry.
Acts of war in 1940 meant that the Van Hout timber company had to be rebuilt from scratch. The combined efforts of those concerned brought the company back into operation within a year. Under the inspiring leadership of H.W.J. and A.H.A. van Hout, the second generation, the production of rotary face veneer was introduced. In the fifties, a sliced face veneer section was added, and after that the company experienced a period of expansion and acquired an international character.
With the establishment of a panelling section in 1971 by L.P.F. Geurts, the third generation, Van Hout finally became the versatile and complete supplier for the modern wood processing industry that it is today, with a reputation that extends far over the borders.
In 2010 the baton was passed to the fourth generation.
In 1908, the Van Hout brothers founded a clog-making factory.
The business grew rapidly and soon they were able to purchase their first machines.
Van Hout began producing sawn lumber.
Bombing during World War II caused enough damage to the Mill, Netherlands facility that it had to be completely rebuilt. Within a year of its destruction, however, the factory was up and running again.
The second Van Hout generation began the production of rotary veneers.
A slicing department was created.
This was a period of expansion for the company as it took on an international character.
The plywood department was founded, and the company became a highly versatile, well-recognized supplier to the international wood processing industry.
Following a string of successes on the international markets, a sales branch was set up in Indiana in 1993. Over the past 10 years, Van Hout USA has become a highly successful company and a leader in sliced veneers – particularly in the luxury segment.
The 1990’s – the decade of globalization – saw Van Hout undertake a variety of international projects, the first of which was a rotary veneers factory in Libreville, Gabon.
Production facility in the Netherlands was closed and machinery was replaced to Gabon, Ukraine, Ghana and France.
A cooperative venture in the Ukraine was launched.
In 2006, Van Hout celebrated the opening of their new USA facility.
The Van Hout office in the Netherlands moved from Mill to Boxmeer.
Van Hout has added a new product group to its range; mouldings/profiles.