Family business with roots in Lier

Great-grandfather Joseph De Bie founded Drukkerij (printing house) De Bie in 1922 on the Maasfortbaan in Lier. Grandfather Koen worked for his father. His brother Gust started his own printing house a few houses further up. Jef De Bie led grandfather’s printing company from 1964 until 1996 when the current generation took over the helm as fourth in line. Great-grandchildren Bart and Johan De Bie grew the printing house to its current size in the Itterbeek industrial area in Duffel.

Antilope, a company owned by the Binnemans family, was founded in 1962 in Antwerp, moved to Lier in 1982, and regularly helped direct new technological developments from there. One example: Antilope was the first to launch the digital revolution in the sector.