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Workers at the steel mill Globe / Weert



The first iron foundry in Tegelen was established in the second half of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century. The first was H. Kamp & F. Soeten, founded in 1853. A few companies followed to this effect. The first forerunner of De Globe dates back to 1903, this was W. Doesborgh & Sons, in 1906 this became F. Simons & Co., and in 1911 it was renamed De Globe v / h F. Simons & Co. Later this was among others: N.V. Iron and Metal Foundry "De Globe".

The foundry was mainly known for the manhole covers, on which the name of the firm was to be read. Nering Bögel, which went bankrupt and continued in 1932 as a trading company, had a lot of casting done by De Globe. In 1955, Nering Bögel moved its head office to Weert, where in 1963 a branch of De Globe was also opened. In 1947 a branch of De Globe was also started at Belfeld and in 1971 the entire production from Tegelen to Belfeld was moved. In Heerlen, too, a branch was established, which in 1973 entered into a joint venture with the Oranje-Nassau Steel, established in 1915, under the name "Globon", established in Hoensbroek.

In the heyday (1968) about 60 ktons of castings were produced every day. The number of employees was about 800 at that time. The company switched from manhole cover manufacturer to supplier of the commercial vehicle industry, such as Caterpillar and DAF. Because in the foundry world a number of concentrations had occurred, De Globe was no longer a major player in this industry.


The shares, which were owned by Koninklijke Hoogovens, were acquired in 1998 by the Nationale Investeringsbank (NIB) and the Limburg Institute for Development Finance (LIOF). However, they did not want to invest anymore before a partner was found. This became the Finnish company Componenta, which acquired a majority interest in De Globe in 2004. [1] The branch in Belfeld was closed and the production there was moved to Hoensbroek. After initially experiencing a revival, it went badly with the foundries: in 2016 the branch in Hoensbroek, where another 60 people worked, was closed. Shortly afterwards, the Componenta branches of both Hoensbroek and Weert were declared bankrupt. This led to the loss of 340 remaining jobs. A restart was considered, in which the Brabant company VDL came into the picture. At the beginning of 2017, the procedure was formally completed, the two foundries continued as VDL Castings.

Workers at the steel-mill Globe in Weert