Émaillerie Belge (fully booked)
Émaillerie Belge was founded on 16 November 1923 as the successor to a company established on 20 March 1922. Initially based in Chaussée de Ninove/Ninoofsesteenweg, it specialises in manufacturing a huge range of enamelled items. Advertising signs and street signs alike are heated to almost 800 °C several times over to fuse the enamel to the steel plate it coats. The company also enamels sanitary installations, stove parts and cookware. It was highly successful until the 1950s, but changes in the market meant that it then hit harder times. Despite this, Émaillerie Belge is the only surviving enamelling company in the Benelux countries. It was given a new lease of life when a young entrepreneur bought it in 2016, and it is now working on finding other ways of incorporating enamel into our everyday lives. This durable material, which can be used both indoors and outdoors, offers a range of benefits – for instance, it is heat-resistant and graffiti-proof and withstands atmospheric corrosion. The company now carries out all the stages of the enamelling process itself. It is proficient in all the different silkscreen printing techniques, colour grading and the CMYK printing process and has almost 780 colours at its fingertips. It has managed to reinvent itself for the modern era and has adapted in line with current needs and trends.
Guided tours, Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 (French), 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30 (Dutch). In cooperation with Klare Lijn and La Fonderie.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 17:00
rue Saint Denis/Sint-Denijsstraat 122, Forest/Vorst
Guided tours only – advance booking required