The story begins in 1957 when a new business was established in Brederodestraat in Antwerp 'G. Vermeiren, orthopaedist, wheelchairs and commode chairs'. Special attention was paid to each customer to ensure that he or she received a specially adapted wheelchair. Even back then, that was the key to VERMEIREN's success.
Soon, the business started its wholesale activities. A sales network was developed with distributors all over Belgium. A workshop covering the entire garden was built in the sixties, but soon that became too small also. The company needed to move. Another warehouse was rented in the area, so that the total working area was increased to about 1,500 mē.
VERMEIREN went from strength to strength. Product demand continued to increase, also internationally. In 1972, a big decision was taken to build a factory on the industrial estate Bosduin in Kalmthout. After this heroic move, production started there in 1973.
In Kalmthout, VERMEIREN became a world leader in manual and electronic wheelchairs. The company also developed an increasing number of home care products, including special orthopaedic beds, which are not only sought after by home patients, but are also purchased by loan services and homes for the elderly.
Many products were exported to various neighbouring countries. From then on, VERMEIREN experienced an explosive growth... so much so that in 1989, the work floor had to be expanded from 19,000 to 25,000 square metres!
VERMEIREN also attaches a lot of importance to its production and production capacity. In 1994, production in Belgium was complemented by a second production plant in Poland, which has now become the group's major production unit and has a surface area of 24,000 mē. Following a request by the Chinese government, it was decided to set up a third unit in Suzhou, China, in 2005.
VERMEIREN now employs more than 650 people world-wide. They are motivated employees who are all responsible for the company's excellent reputation. They create more than 1,000 types of wheelchairs and 500 types of aids. They are the driving force behind the comfort of the disabled.