Corona virus COVID-19

June 2020

The worldwide outbreak of the new Corona virus causing COVID-19 is challenging businesses worldwide including Boer Group. However, we believe difficult times also challenge us to adapt both personally and professionally in order to find new windows of opportunity where others close.

All Boer Group companies have taken the precautionary measures following the guidelines of the national health institutes to ensure the health and safety of our employees. This is our main priority.

Momentarily we are able to continue production at our sorting companies. The collection of textiles is regarded a system essential activity under waste management in most EU member states. We are therefore able continue collection and to ensure the delivery of unsorted textiles to the sorting companies.

However, due to the Corona virus the export for re-use of 2nd hand clothing is under great pressure as many countries worldwide are in lock-down. We are trying to increase our stock capacity where possible and hope the situation will improve soon.

Please note that several case studies including one by The Robert Koch Institute show no proof of people getting infected by the virus in other method than the ‘droplet infection’. Transmission of the virus by surface area including textile is not yet heard of.

DORDRECHT | HAAKSBERGEN – On 15 October 2018, Boer Group acquired a majority interest in Frankenhuis in Haaksbergen. With this strategic acquisition, Boer Group closes the chain in the circular economy for post-consumer textiles.

Now that the strategic positioning and employment within Frankenhuis are assured, the venture capital company Wadinko and Hannet de Vries-in ‘t Veld are taking leave of Frankenhuis.
The management of Frankenhuis is being continued by Tich Vanduren. With the integration of Frankenhuis within Boer Group, a constant supply of raw materials is ensured and further growth in the production of mechanically recycled post-consumer textiles can be realized.

Frankenhuis is a leading and only company in the Netherlands that specializes in mechanical recycling of post-consumer textiles. There are 30 people working at Frankenhuis.

Boer Group collects, sorts and prepares textile, worn clothing and shoes for reuse for more than 100 years. The organization consists of three collection companies and seven sorting companies in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
The 750 employees sort approx. 100 million kg of used textiles a year and are constantly working on a sustainable solution to keep residual waste to a minimum.

Frankenhuis website: www.frankenhuisbv.nl