Founding of Cordeel
19-year-old Ghislain Cordeel founds his carpentry business in Sint-Niklaas (BE). It marks the beginning of the Cordeel Group’s rich history.
Sole proprietorship becomes group
When his sons Dirk and Marc join the company, Ghislain Cordeel converts his sole proprietorship into the public limited company Cordeel Gebroeders NV. The family business rapidly develops into a group of construction companies.
Cordeel moves to Eurolaan in Temse, where the company remains until 2019.
The next generation
Ghislain Cordeel transfers leadership of the company to his sons Dirk and Marc Cordeel.
Acquisition of Vangronsveld
Cordeel acquires Limburg company Vangronsveld (BE) and develops this business into a second Belgian branch.
Expansion to the Netherlands, Germany and France
Cordeel opens its first foreign branch: Cordeel BV in the Netherlands. Activities in Germany and France follow.
Third generation joins the company
Filip Cordeel, son of Marc, joins the executive board.
Expansion to Bulgaria
Founding of Cordeel Bulgaria in Sofia.
Construction starts on the Deurganck dock in the Port of Antwerp
Cordeel joins forces with Aertssen to realise the world's biggest tidal dock.
Acquisition and incorporation of Mabuwat
To boost the growth of its Dutch activities, Cordeel acquires Dutch contractor Mabuwat BV. In 2003, full integration of Mabuwat within the group is achieved and, in the Netherlands, Cordeel continues under the name Cordeel Nederland BV.
Redevelopment of Boelwerf shipyard in Temse
Cordeel takes a stake in Nieuw Temse NV, which purchases the former Boelwerf shipyard in Temse and redevelops it into housing and business premises.
Acquisition of Bernard Construction
New-build office in Zwijndrecht
Cordeel Netherlands moves into its new office building in Zwijndrecht.
Geelen Vastgoed & Bouw takeover
Cordeel acquires an interest in Dutch family-owned business Geelen Vastgoed & Bouw. In 2017, Cordeel acquires full ownership.
Cordeel Invest becomes Cordeel Group
Founding of Cordeel Serbia
Cordeel expands its activities in Eastern Europe and establishes Cordeel Serbia.
Acquisition of Imtech Belgium
Cordeel acquires Imtech Belgium: the group now has its own installation company.
Vita Group sees the light
As a partner in the Vita Group, Cordeel begins construction of the Vita Scheldebad swimming pool complex in Temse (BE).
Start of construction new head office
Construction begins on the new head office above the dry dock of the former Boelwerf shipyard on the Zaat site in Temse (BE).
New Cordeel office in Terneuzen
Cordeel Netherlands opens a new branch in Terneuzen and reinforces its presence in the southwestern Netherlands.
Interest in NLT-Pivaco
Via Imtech, Cordeel acquires a 50% interest in NLT-Pivaco, the Belgian market leader in industrial stainless steel piping installations.
Acquisition of Baeck Industrial Cladding
With the acquisition of Baeck Industrial Cladding, Cordeel expands its production facilities to include wall and roof cladding.
Opening of new head office
Cordeel opens its new head office above the dry dock of the former Boelwerf shipyard in Temse (BE).
Founding of C-fire
Production of innovative and ecological firefighting products and systems with minimal impact on people, the environment and animals.
Founding of C-living
As the real estate branch within Cordeel Group, C-living focuses on the acquisition and real estate development of project land for logistics and residential purposes.
Founding of C-energy
The development of new sustainable technologies and applications to respond to the energy transition and all its challenges.
Headed for the future
Cordeel continues to look ahead and seek innovative ways to build even better, smarter and more sustainably. We are committed to building a solid foundation to achieve our ambitions without ever compromising on quality and personal attention.