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History

History

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In 1925 the brothers Joseph and Theo Libert bought a small paint factory in the centre of Ghent. The former owner, Léon Deny, produced paints since 1874 in these premises.

In order to be able to meet the great demand, it was necessary that Libert Paints moved in 1958 to a larger factory on the outskirts of the town.

 
 

In the fifties, the four sons of Joseph: Paul, Daniël, Bernard and Marc, joined the family business. Thanks to their dynamic input and flexibility, the continuity and the growth of the company were assured.

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What started then, led to the creation of two highly specialized companies: Libert Paints, known worldwide for its one-pack moisture curing paints, and Oxyplast, one of the first producers of thermosetting powder coatings.

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From 1999, the company is run by the third generation. Jean Jacques, who was already 15 years active in the powder department, is assisted by his brother Pierre. With this take-over a new logo was created to emphasize the new dynamism and the new impulse within the company.

 

 

The R&D lab focused on the development of high-quality products for specialized markets within the industrial and building sector of the global paint market.

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In 2001 Oxyplast was taken over by Protech Chemicals Group, one of the leading producers of powder coatings. As a result Oxypaint Belgium moved to a new location in the docks of Ghent.

The most important speciality of Libert Paints remains the use of the polyurethane technology to offer long lasting performances. This technology has been used for more than 35 years and Libert Paints still believes that this is the best protection for metal.

With a highly specialized team that emphasizes expertise and knowhow, the company is further expanding its network thoughout the world. Since 2003 Libert Paints is also active on the Russian market, through our partnership with Krascom. The production capacity has tripled since the acquisition.

In 2006, a collaboration with the decoration company Flamant was started. Libert Paints was the fixed supplier of Flamant-paints.

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In 2011 Libert Paints launched a second brand on the market: Mona, a specialized line of decorative paints for private individuals in combination with a new colour concept with refreshing, new colours.

The R&D lab not only focuses on the development of sustainable products but also on the development of specialized products, which are applicable in Belgium as well as in other parts of the world.

 

In 2014 Libert Paints opted for a fresh breeze with an entire rebranding. There was a new logo created, the labels of the products were restyled and also Mona got a new look.

 

 

In 2015 the company became very active on the Asian market. With a production of more or less 3 million kilos each year, Libert Paints exports to over more than 30 countries.

At the start of 2016 Libert Paints moved to a new factory in the harbour of Ghent. In this new construction, the emphasis is on more efficient and automatic production, which ensures that high volumes are produced. At the same time working with high flexibility and a customized view is our top priority.

In 2017, the 4th generation of the Libert family has taken over the company.

 

 

Then, the company previously owned by the Libert family was taken over in August 2019 by Mr. Philippe Detaellenaere, who also owns DL Chemicals in Waregem.

One of our main concerns is the environment. Libert Paints has been awarded several prizes by the Belgian authorities. Fedichem (Essenscia), the Belgian Chemical Industry, awarded the company in 1996 with the Responsible Care price. In 1999 Libert Paints also won the Environmental Charter, awarded by the Chamber of Commerce.

All used natural resources are REACH registered. They meet all European and Belgian environmental standards on VOC. Libert continues to pursue the development of more environmentally responsible paint solutions combined with maintaining the quality and functionality of our paints. In the new factory, all the latest environmental standards are also respected.

From Belgium over Norway to Singapore and China, through middle and eastern Europe: Libert Paints still offers the highest quality and believes firmly in customized flexibility!

 

 

Libert Paints bv - Langerbruggekaai 6 - Ghent (Belgium) - Tel. +32 (0)9 216 88 70 - info@libertpaints.com