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Craftsmanship and new technology go hand in hand

Published on 21/09/2018 in Customer Stories

Craftsmanship and new technology go hand in hand

Veldeman Group is going digital, but paying extra attention to the human aspect at the same time. Staff need to benefit from this as well as the company.

Discover in the video how Veldeman Group is making further use of digital transformation and flexwerk.

“We inhabit two worlds,” says Marc Veldeman, CEO of the Veldeman Group. “On the one hand, a lot of craftsmanship goes into the manufacturing of our products. On the other hand, we also make full use of modern technology.” Veldeman now produces its sleeping comfort solutions at seven sites in three countries. 

“All the plants are connected with Proximus Explore,” explains Tom Van den Bossche, ICT Manager at Veldeman Group. “In addition, we use Microsoft Office 365. That way, we respond to our staff’s needs in terms of flexibility and mobility. When we bring in digitalization, we always pay particular attention to the human aspect. That is the guiding thread through our corporate policy.”

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When we bring in digitalization, we always pay particular attention to the human aspect. That is the guiding thread through our corporate policy.

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Tom Van den Bossche, ICT Manager at Veldeman Group

Internet of Things

New technology also pervades the products at Veldeman. At the end of the day, IoT applications can be put to good use in the world of sleep.

At first glance, an app on your smartphone that you can use to adjust your electric bed may seem nothing more than a fun gadget. “But ultimately, it has other advantages too,” says Van den Bossche. “The manual operating systems contain a lot of metal and plastic. If we can do away with all that, it also benefits the environment.”

Veldeman Group is a Belgian family business that produces high-quality sleep systems. The Opglabbeek-based company has 550 staff at seven production sites and records a turnover of € 106 million.

ICT manager Tom Van den Bossche has over ten years’ experience with Veldeman Group. 

Marc Veldeman, son of founder Valère, took over at the helm of the family firm in 1989. He led the company towards diversification and internationalization.

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