In 1842, carpenter and contractor Piet van Thiel started a nail factory in Beek and Donk, where the nails were made by hand. In 1852 the two younger brothers of Piet van Thiel also step into the nail factory, which goes under the name Gebroeders Van Thiel Beek and Donk.

In 1860 one finds a machine in Paris on which nails can be made. Piet van Thiel also invests in these machines and the hand making of nail production is closed.

In 1872 the two brothers stepped out of the business and Piet van Thiel went on independently. In 1880 the three sons of Piet van Thiel step into the business. At the beginning of the 20th century the product range was expanded with wire, galvanized wire, barbed wire, chicken wire and harmonica wire.

In 1967 the company was renamed Thibo Draad- en Bouwstaalprodukten B.V. Investments are then made in various machines for spot-welded wire mesh. In the seventies the Van Thiel family sells its last shares and the company is wholly owned by Hoogovens.

In 1987 the production of building steel mats was split off and the company continued under the name Thibodraad. Thibodraad specializes further in the production of wire nails and spot weld gauze.

In 1993 the trading company Zwijsen Draadservice is taken over.

In 2003, a complete reorientation takes place and the strategy changes from a very production-oriented approach to a market-oriented approach. Subsequently in 2004 the name changes to Hitmetal.

In 2008, Hitmetal becomes fully independent and the shares are held by private investors and management.

In 2013, Hitmetal will take over all activities, products and employees from V & T Fencing and V & T Metaal from Gemert. With the acquisition, Hitmetal can now supply a complete range of standard and customized fencing systems to professional fencing installers, including automated gates and bar fencing. Hitmetal has become the largest independent fencing manufacturer and wholesaler in the Benelux through the acquisition.

Hitmetal is the manufacturer and total supplier of spot welded wire mesh, temporary and permanent fencing systems, fasteners and metal products for the processing industry and trade with a large stock assortment, extensive logistics and service in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

In 2018 Hitmetal starts a webshop called Thibo Online. The webshop is focused on the online sale of Hitmetal's program. 

Piet van ThielDe oude Fabriekde Nieuwbouwde Kraan

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