The first stitched blankets were made with one swing machine in a shed. Fifty years later Deltex in Delden has become a modern production company of high-quality bed clothes for all segments of the Dutch market. Deltex is completely ready for the future: it recently acquired the well-known band Walra and received a mega-order for the Ministry of Defence.
The founders were the brothers Hennie and Engelbert Extercatte, who called themselves entrepreneurs in a chicken shed. Nowadays Deltex has business premises of about 10,000 square metres at the same location along the Twentekanaal. Since thirteen years the company has been managed by Erick de Wolf and his wife Monique Extercatte, who is the daughter of co-founder Engelbert Extercatte.
Deltex produces duvets, cushions and bed textile. It has its own brands and also produces many well-known brands such as Cinderella, Essenza and, since recently, Walra. Deltex is also present in the top segment with Opaque & Sheer. In cooperation with the well-known designer Roderick Vos an own collection has been added to this line.
From hotel to prison
Except the retail market – from supermarket to warehouse – Deltex also serves the institutional market. The medical eiderdowns and (bed) textile of its own brand Sanidor are a household name in health care. In addition, bedclothes from Delden are also often used in hotels, prisons and asylum seekers’ centres. Recently the company concluded a major order again with the Ministry of Defence for the delivery of so-called night encampment materials for the armed forces.
It was a crucial moment in the business strategy of Deltex that it was decided to keep the production in Delden. In a time that competitors moved their production to continents such as Asia for cost considerations, Deltex went to China to seek a number of partners, but the machines continued to operate in Delden. They will continue to do this, according to managing director Erick de Wolf: “The fact that we continue to produce at our own company, but at the same time can rely on our partners in China makes us independent and flexible.”
Deltex celebrated its 50-year anniversary with an exclusive, festive meeting in a small circle. A magazine will also be published in which the company is described. In order to mark the jubilee the board and employees will make a trip together to Berlin in June.