Geert Van Lanckere
Jan Van Vooren
From its modest beginnings in 1988, The Company Attec International bvba (Attachment Technology) was founded by José Verstraete and the brothers Marc and Luc Vangaever. It was the start of a structured, focused and dedicated business approach towards a fast growing market segment namely: Attachments for compact machinery.
These visionary people quickly understood that there was a huge demand by all brands in the field for Compact attachments to fulfil job demands in construction, landscaping, agriculture, etc.... The Compact Equipment market was booming in Europe and specialized applications were growing. The "tool carrier" concept was born. Marc Vangaever took already the lead in the development of this business by inventing the world famous broom bucket with collecting bucket in 1984. Years later, Vangaever sold his patents to Bobcat Company in the USA. This has resulted in making the sweeper the world most sold attachment ever.
Today, Attec is proudly representing a range of over 100 Attachments serving all markets from our production site in Markegem, Belgium.
But the story of Attec as an attachments manufacturer begins much earlier than 1988.
When Jose joined Bobcat as District Sales manager of the skid steer loaders in Europe (back in the 70's a premature concept) he immediately discovered that Marc would be, potentially, an ideal dealer for the Flemish part of Belgium. This was later on proven by sales records and the numbers of awards granted.
Marc started to realise that attachments help sell the machine, the more jobs you can do with it, the more productivity and return you get from your machine.
The "tool carrier" concept was born !
Soon, the Markegem plant developed custom and special request attachments, such as the chicken catcher and multiple flowerpot holder.
These attachments proved to be an added value to the machine which resulted in more sales of Skid Steer Loaders in the Agricultural segment.
The first attachments for other brands were being built in the plant. The strength of building tailor made attachments in terms of dimensions and speed was much appreciated in the field. Whatever size needed, Vangaever was capable of delivering. Nowadays we have more than 2000 different quick change systems and quick couplers for machines of all brands, from old to new.
Testing of the first hydraulic breakers for skid steer loaders, back then we had to mount an external cooler on the hydraulic breaker because the machines didn't have enough cooling capacity. As a consequence, from that moment, many machinery manufacturers realized that they had to build machines with more hydraulic capacity and cooling to make them a true "tool carrier".
Marc had the bright idea to develop a broom bucket with collector bucket for a skid steer loader after seeing his wife cleaning up with a brush and dust bin. One week later the working prototype was being tested and soon the broom bucket became one of the most sold attachments worldwide.
Claude Vandenberghe, a junior graduate, joined the team as designer and was later promoted to product manager and chief engineering.
Attec becomes the sole importer of Lowe Auger drives and trenchers for the eastern part of the world. Best quality made in the U.S.A. since 1971.
Late 80's beginning 90's, the compact equipment market was booming and soon Attec sales was set for new records by expanding product offerings and establishing dealer activities across Europe. In that light, Attec Espana was founded together with Javier Corral in order to comply with the huge customer demand in the area for specialized attachments for Compact Equipment.
After finishing school, Dries Vangaever starts in the Service department of Bobcat at age 18.
In May 1998, due to the increased demand for Compact Equipment, the Vangaever brothers decided to put more efforts and focus to the Bobcat machines and attachments and let Attec fully concentrate on the attachments outside the Belgian territory. It was a logical step forward for both parties to let Attec develop the market with Vangaever construction as supplier, hence Jose Verstraete, acquired all shares of Attec.
Under the leadership of Jose, Attec became an important innovative player of Attachments in Europe. World famous brands are even today still loyal customers to the Attec brand. Whatever was required in Compact, Attec could deliver. From dedicated attachments such as cold planers, augers, breakers,... to tailor made commodity attachments such as buckets, sweepers and grapples and that for all Skid steer, excavator, articulated loader and Telehandler brands.
After a career of 22 years in the Bobcat Service department, Dries Vangaever sells his shares of the Bobcat dealership part of Vangaever N.V. to his uncle and cousin.
In that same period Dries Vangaever acquires 100% of the Construction department of attachments of Vangaever N.V. this includes all assets from the plant located in Markegem, Belgium. As a result of the merger in between Attec and the construction department, Attec is now a manufacturer instead of a distributor.
Shortly after, Attec moved there head offices and warehouse, only 5km away, to the construction plant in Markegem.
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This strategic move, by the CEO - Dries Vangaever - was the start of a new episode for Attec to continue to serve customers around the globe with standard and tailor made attachments under the Attec brand. This change has resulted in an increased trust and opened a lot of new doors in the ATTEC brand by dealers, manufacturers and end users accross EMEA.
Today, Attec is proudly representing a range of over 100 Attachments serving all markets from Markegem in Belgium. We are ready for the next chapter in the successful history of Attec International and we will continue to serve our customers with state of the art quality Products and customer support.
Development of a new line of grapples and forks for less intensive use on smaller machines. This line of "standard" grapples and forks is an addition to our well known current models, which are now qualified as the "heavy duty" line. Therefore we serve both users, the less intensive and the hard demanding.
Development of stump grinders for loaders and excavators.
Development of the circular slasher for loaders.
Developing of the rototiller for loaders.
Development of the excavator trencher in cooperation with Lowe U.S.A.
ATTEC stands for offering solutions to customer needs, that is what we do since 1988 and that is what we will continue to do because of our long history and hands on experience, ensuring you that we will provide you the solution to your problem.
We look forward to the next 30 years !