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Bekaert, a steel wire drawing company, acquires the technology for looped screen manufacturing. Heavy screens for the coal mines are sold through local agents.


Manufacturing development

Drop in sales due to mine closures. Welded screen and slot tube manufacturing technology is developed. Sales are integrated in Bekaert worldwide organization.


Trislot trade mark

Trislot trade mark is introduced. Welded products and very fine looped screens are sold to the food industry and to filter manufacturers in general.


Relocation to Waregem

The Trislot plant in Brussels is closed and manufacturing is relocated to modern building in Waregem. The manufacturing of heavy looped screen manufacturing ceases.



Bekaert decides to change its diversification strategy. The Trislot operation is no longer considered as a platform for growth.

June 1987


Through a management buyout Trislot Systems NV acquires the Trislot production line from Bekaert.

1987 - 1994

Expansion & reorganisation

Trislot Systems invests in new manufacturing equipment for welded products. The manufacturing plant is expanded and reorganized. A new quality assurance system is operational based on ISO 9000. Trislot has become an important player in the reactor internals market (Shell, UOP, IFP).


Acquirement by CAE

The company is acquired by CAE, Inc. a Canadian group having complementary product lines (screen plates).


Change of ownership

The company changed ownership. Due to a restructuring and focusing on the core business of the Canadian based CAE group (flight simulators), the company is sold to a private Belgian investor. The market for decorative applications of screen grilles, which was once only served through some large customers, is now considered as a target market for potential growth.


Chinese production

Start-up of local manufacturing in China with the cooperation of Packo.


Trislot Shanghai

Full stand-alone operational unit in the Shanghai area.


Startup American production

Opening of our Trislot sales office in Ramsey, NJ and start-up of local manufacturing in the US with the support of Leem.



Trislot USA, inc.

Relocation of the US sales office and independent production unit in the Houston area, with expansion of the production capabilities.