Sunday, March 25, 2007

(B) Kortrijk, Filature KTM, II


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While being in there, an alarm went off twice. We don't know what or who caused it, but we met no police or security-guards, luckily.
On the ground floor there were some rectangular holes filled with water or some kind of fluid, we had to watch our steps.

1st visit: 2007/03/18

Sunday, March 18, 2007

(B) Kortrijk, Filature KTM, I


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The early 1990's are the beginning of the end of the once so flourishing cotton industry of Kortrijk. Every year more companies stop production.

The Kortrijkse Textiel Maatschappij (KTM) was a spinning mill. The comapny went bankrupt in 2001 due to the debts they had. The production went well, but the costs of machines and buildings were to big for the company.

The oldest buildings date back to 1950, and the newer halls were built in the 1970s. In their peak year during the 1980s there were 800 employees. But automation of the production was the final end.

While exploring, we heard some doors and windows slamming... it was the wind.

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(B) Kortrijk, Tuileries du Littoral, II


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We climbed up to the upper level, of which the floor was pretty unsteady, but they had placed boards on it so we could explore it fairly safe.
1st visit: 2007/03/10

Saturday, March 10, 2007

(B) Kortrijk, Tuileries du Littoral, I


After the First World War the owner of the roof tile factory in Ramskapelle gets the opportunity to start a new factory in Kortrijk. Next to a canal, a good transport route for export to England the new factory was build.

In 1924 the first tile was produced by Céramiques et Briqueteries Mecaniques du Littoral. In 1933 the first tunnel oven in Belgium was employed.

In 1959 the production was expanded by prefab walls. The tile business went bad, so other export possibilities were explored. But in the 1980's the tile market improved, the company was focussed again on roof tiles.

The beautiful building is temporary a protected monument. Anyway, some old buildings are already demolished.

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(B) Kortrijk, Tissage & filature Camille De Stoop, I


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This spinning mill was built in 1908 and a newer part was build in 1927. The company was founded by Camiel de Stoop.

The factory started as Tissage et Filature Camille De Stoop. Later in 1928 it became Tissage et Teinturerie Le Canal. The spinning was replaced for textile production.

The building is a classic Manchester style, it reminds you of an medieval castle. It was the first spinning mill who hadn't the classic sheddak roofs.

The last compagny in this building was Beklon Spinning Mills and some years later Belplast Delorge. They recycled plastic waste. The compagny went bankrupt in 1990 after a fire in one of the buildings.

The building got protected status in 2003 and will be transformed into lofts soon.

When we wanted to go the the first level, a very solid closed door blocked our way. After somewhat looking about, we saw the floor of the first level but could not reach it. On the ground level there was a huge door which we lifted up and put against the wall, as some kind of ladder. It was pretty steady but still not very reliable. The guys went up, I also tried but was afraid that I would slip away or wouldn't be able to go back anymore. We'll return later with a real ladder ;-)

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