A powerful combination
HACOS was created by the merger of two companies: HACOS
NV and P. Van Meulenbeke BVBA. Both organisations decided
to join forces in 1992 in order to offer a complete and professional
supply of machines to the chocolate processing
The older of the two companies is P. Van Meulenbeke BVBA, which
was founded in 1954. The company mainly dealt in small machines
such as mould fi llers and vibrating tables. P. Van Meulenbeke was at
the cradle of the Belgian chocolate industry. In their workshop in the
centre of Antwerp, they designed their own machines.
In 1967 HACOS entered the Belgian chocolate market. From the beginning,
HACOS mainly delivered machines for medium-sized companies
and the organisation largely concentrated on the international
market. The organisation was therefore complementary to locally
active P. Van Meulenbeke.
The fact that they were complementary made the combination of
both companies a success. P. Van Meulenbeke swapped the building
in the centre of Antwerp for HACOS’s spacious industrial building
located on the industrial estate in Oostmalle, just outside Antwerp.
Stimulated by this good combination, the company experienced
strong growth and grew from 15 to more than 50 employees. The
company expanded and now has a larger factory, a showroom, offices and the possession of an adjacent building.
Capacity and fl exibility play a major role in determining the right machine.
HACOS’s range includes manual and fully automatic industrial
machines and everything in between. For a capacity up to 50 kg
per day HACOS has a range of manual machines. Semi automatic
machines are very appropriate for a capacity of 250 kg per week to
250 kg per day. As of 120 kg per hour HACOS advises fully-automatic
machines. If your capacity rises above 500 kg per hour then you
fall under HACOS’s industrial segment. If you start small and your
capacity grows, you can continue to call upon the services of this
trustworthy supplier, because the equipment is based on a modular