Yesterday saw the 300,000th weaving machine pass the end of the production line since production first commenced at the weaving machine manufacturer Picanol, Ypres. This represents yet another milestone in the long history of Picanol, which was founded on 22 September 1936. The 300,000th weaving machine, an OMNIplus 800 airjet weaving machine, will be shipped this week to a customer based in PR China.
The very first Picanol weaving machine - the Omnium – was produced in 1936 in the Polenlaan in Ypres. It was based on a design from the Spanish engineer Jaimé Picañol. In the early years, the company achieved an annual production of 120 machines. However, by the time of the outbreak of World War II, production had risen to one machine per day. In the 1950s, Picanol laid the foundation for future international expansion with the President weaving machine (which was also exhibited at Expo ’58). In the early 1960s, Picanol moved to a new industrial area on the borders of Ypres as a result of increasing demand for weaving machines. And it continues to assemble its high-tech weaving machines in the K. Steverlyncklaan to this very day.
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