In 1898 Zeno De Witte and Leonie Lietaer started a workshop for flax weaving: De Witte Lietaer was born.
The founders of the company, as well as the many generations of workers and employers who succeeded them, have transformed De Witte Lietaer into a textile company renowned for its quality products, knowhow and perseverance.
In 1900 the company had 9 weaving looms and before World War I, De Witte Lietaer was already one of the most important Jacquard weavers in the world. (1350 employees and 750 weaving looms).
- the Division De Witte Lietaer "Industries", specialised in manufacturing and knitting fibers for the automotive industry;
- the Division De Witte Lietaer "Style in Textiles", specialised in the manufacturing of household linens.
The Gamma Holding sold the division -specialized in household linens- to the group HDM Finance and the company name was changed to De Witte Lietaer International Textiles. HDM Finance is the holding company covering: Tissage Denantes, Garnier Thiebaut, Mulliez-Flory, IME Mulliez and De Witte Lietaer. The owner and president of this company is Hervé de Montclos. This French textile group manufactures and distributes household linen and furnishing fabrics to institutions, hotels, restaurants, laundry companies and retailers all over the world. The turnover of this group is about €135 million.
In 2008 De Witte Lietaer International Textiles took over the company Maes Textiles nv based in Waregem, also a household linen manufacturer.
De Witte Lietaer integrates Byttebier Home Textiles in its activities; a Textile trading company which mainly is focused on distribution and the production of bath linens.
De Witte Lietaer operates in the hospitality, project market, retail and contract markets. Our headquarters are situated in Belgium (Lauwe) and we have our own production unit in Turkey and two small scale production units in Belgium.
Our reference list includes well known international hotels, restaurants and industrial laundries. We mainly export our products to Western Europe: Benelux, France, Germany, Spain and partly to the Middle East.
The company offers a diverse assortment of bath, table, kitchen and bed linen collections for all kinds of retailers such as department stores, boutiques and specialist shops.