History

Back in time
The history of the company dates back to the 17th century. As long ago as 1691 the Ten Cate family protested about an increase in import duties by England. The first official document dates from 1704, indicating the trade activities in textiles by the Ten Cate family.

Two branches
The current TenCate company has its roots in Almelo and Nijverdal. The firm of H. ten Cate Hzn. & Co operated independently in Almelo until 1957. Thomas Ainsworth laid the basis for the Royal Steam Weaving Mill (KSW) in Nijverdal in 1836. In 1957 the two former competitors turned the existing cooperation into a merger. The NV Koninklijke Textielfabrieken ten Cate / KSW was born.

Naming
After a change of name to Royal Nijverdal – Ten Cate in 1982, and to Royal Ten Cate nv in 1995, the last step was taken in 2006 to the current multinational, named for short: TenCate. 

Important dates in the past centuries:

  • 1691 Request to the provincial government of Overijssel also in the name of the Ten Cate family
  • 1704 First official document of the trade firm of H. ten Cate Hzn. & Co
  • 1836 Thomas Ainsworth set up a weaving mill in Nijverdal
  • 1851 The Salomonson brothers acquired the estate of Ainsworth, after his death in 1849.
  • 1852 Godfried Salomonson is allowed to carry the Royal title starting 11 July 
  • 1954 In May, the KSW was listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange
  • 1957 Merger of KSW and H. ten Cate Hzn. & Co
  • 1982 Change of name to Royal Nijverdal – Ten Cate nv
  • 1991 Sales for the first time above 1 billion guilders
  • 1992 Royal Nijverdal – Ten Cate nv awarded the King William I Prize for outstanding entrepreneurship 
  • 1995 Change of name to Royal Ten Cate nv
  • 2000 Introduction of Buy & Build strategy
  • 2006 Industrial (re)branding project with new corporate identity and new commercial divisional structure
  • 2007 TenCate awarded the Erasmus Innovation Award of the University of Rotterdam for social innovation 
  • 1991 Sales for the first time above 1 billion euro

The interweavement of Royal Ten Cate and Nijverdal

Blue fabric (Tecawork Blue 65287)