A story of continuous growth
In 1986, three instrument engineers - Frits Stegeman, Marnix Vandevoorde and Gratiaan Top – set up the Contec organisation. The young Contec is situated close to the port of Antwerp and at first only focuses on instrumentation technologies. Over the years the activities expand to include the complete industrial automation of production processes, electrical power studies and safety studies.
By continually making the difference and striving towards higher increased value for our clients Contec grows significantly. In 1989, shortly after starting up in Antwerp, Contec sets up its Kortrijk branch. In 2009 Gratiaan Top - as remaining founder - hands over the operational management to the second Contec generation.
On the 1st of January 2012, the company sets up its first international branch in Romania (Ploiești). This is currently the home base of fifteen Romanian engineers. In May 2013 Contec starts a branch office in Amiens, situated in the North of France. In September of the same year two French colleagues join the company. In that same period Contec hires Polish engineers for the first time. In the summer of 2014 - by analogy with the Romanian office - Contec starts up a subsidiary Łodź, Poland. At the moment the Polish Contec team consists of about six people.
Today Contec numbers around 145 co-workers in total.
A company in the hands of its employees
From the start, Contec’s founders resolutely opt for a cooperative company formula. This means that all employees at Contec get the chance to participate financially in the company. Contec’s capital is therefore completely owned by its employees. This system has three major advantages:
- Contec is completely independent of external or foreign capital, which means we can react quickly to the market or requests from clients.
- The employees’ personal involvement in the company’s activities is one of the factors that contribute to the high engagement of our people.
- Contec’s low staff-turnover ensures further development of the knowledge and experience already built up.
Contec office building in Romania (Ploiești)
Contec office building in Poland (Łodź)