Van Hoecke NV, a family owned SME of 200 employees, transformed from a local distributor of kitchen door-systems to a manufacturer of these products for the international market. Van Hoecke’s vision and DNA can be best described as “Taking away complexity and giving back simplicity”, brought to live through an extreme attention to customer care by executing complex and strongly fluctuating production activities faster and much more efficient than any other player in Van Hoecke’s markets. The complete production set-up has been designed around small series (down to series of 1) and short throughputtimes (avg time needed from order to delivery is only 3 days). Van Hoecke’s smart machines are fully digitally controlled using RFID-tags everywhere. Moreover, as the factory is only producing on a ‘make to order’ base, (intermediate) stock levels have been reduced to zero.
Supply partners and knowledge institutes together with Van Hoecke make up a strong ‘eco-system’, constantly applying new ideas like applying Swedish wooden floor technology to its drawer-bottoms.