Get to know TenCate Geosynthetics’ production plant in Hengelo/Netherlands that is well known for its high-tech woven textiles, great people and interesting jobs. 

Welcome to Hengelo: A placid Dutch city close to the German border. Characterized by cosmopolitan people and a picturesque landscape, Hengelo is home to TenCate Geosynthetics’ high-tech woven geotextiles.

Once upon a time

A catastrophic flood in 1953 launched the quest for innovative product development since the urge was high to find solutions to strengthen dikes and prevent further flood damage: the origin of TenCate Geosynthetics’ woven geotextiles. The company as it exists today was founded in 1968 but the first woven products were already delivered many years before. 

Specially developed synthetic fabrics used for flood protection are still produced in Hengelo today. Over the decades, TenCate Geosynthetics extended their product portfolio to include a wide variety of customer-specific ultra-high-performance materials. The production plant in Hengelo offers an almost infinite number of customized solutions that are tailored to the customers’ specific needs and requirements. The following brands are based in Hengelo: TenCate Geolon®, TenCate Geotube® and TenCate Nicolon®. 

Geotextiles and Mushrooms?

TenCate Geosynthetics’ product portfolio in Hengelo is incredibly diverse. It is hard to imagine but the teams in Hengelo do not only manufacture geotextiles for critical civil engineering applications. They also produce the industrial fabrics used for growing the mushrooms on your pizza! This stark contrast reflects the high-tech textiles’ broad range of possible uses that go way beyond civil engineering and mushrooms. 

Our high-tech textiles are 
extremely versatile. We are constantly striving to develop our products further and push the limits for our customers.

Herald Hagedoorn, Plant Manager Hengelo 

With their sophisticated material properties, woven geotextiles enhance the performance of a variety of applications. Functioning as separation and filter layers, they are mainly used for soil reinforcement and protection. Practical application cases of woven geotextiles include but are not limited to

  • Road and railway stabilization 
  • Reinforcing embankments and dikes  
  • Dewatering and water treatment 
  • Protection of coasts, harbors and ports 
  • Various building purposes

TenCate Geosynthetics’ high-tech woven geotextiles combine the company’s accumulated knowledge and vast experience. They are designed and continuously refined to meet the customers’ individual requirements. 

Best products, best people

TenCate Geosynthetics’ products are just as good as the people behind them. The company is proud it can count on a great team of employees from various professional backgrounds and cultures. In Hengelo, TenCate Geosynthetics combines the advantages of working for a renowned international company with the amenities of a modern workplace with a great infrastructure.

In Hengelo, people have TenCate Geosynthetics in their hearts and minds.

Brenda van Randen, HR Director EMEA

The Geosynthetics, Industrial Fabrics and Water & Environment teams in Hengelo consist of more than 80 people in operations, sales & marketing and support functions. The tasks are versatile and exciting and many of the employees have been working for the company for many years, if not even decades. TenCate Geosynthetics values and nurtures the mix of the experienced employees’ know-how and the youngsters’ fresh ideas. 

The corporate culture is characterized by flat hierarchies that give employees space to perform, freedom to work independently and the authority to take decisions. Covering a broad range of functions, the team spirit among the employees is great and they work together as a team. They focus on the process rather than on single tasks and are encouraged to cooperate and communicate with many different people and departments.  


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Brenda van Randen, HR Director EMEA
Herald Hagedoorn, Plant Manager Hengelo