Gieterij Borcherts B.V. was established in 1926. In 1956 the company was taken over by Mr. Harm Jan Dekens. The current owner, Mr. Luuk Dekens, joined the company in 1982. In the mean time the third generation is lined up to join the family business.
The company has shown considerable growth over the years. From 1956 the melting took place in two self-built cupola furnaces. In these cupolas general cast iron as well as nodular cast iron work was produced. In the nineties two induction melting furnaces were installed and a spectro laboratory was put into use. With these melting furnaces it is possible to produce larger amounts of stainless steel. In this same period the pattern storage as well as the blasting and fettling/de-burring areas were increased by 1000 m2.
In September of 2004 Gieterij Borcherts took over precious steel foundry Staalfries in Sneek. To enable their move to Sappemeer an additional production hall was built and in 2005 the foundry started it's work in Sappemeer. In that same period an extra induction-melting installation was taken into use with an additional 2 melting furnaces. These ovens were mainly used for the production of high-grade steel quality.
With the pattern storage increased by 500 m2 Gieterij Borcherts now has over 50.000 models in conditioned storage areas. In 2005 they also finished the new-build of the office and canteen.
In 2007 a new production line was taken into use, the art
Sculptures of various materials as bronze, stainless steel and aluminium, can now be produced by means of the lost wax-method.
A completely de-burring area, with a hyper modern high-grade steel blaster, was built in 2008 to de-burr high-grade steel quality. Borcherts also invested into a new spectro laboratory so even more exact material analyses can be made.
As of January 2009 casts can be finished in house/internal at Machinefabriek Dekens, a sister company of the foundry. Now the complete path from design drawing up to the production of machined parts can be taken care of. Gieterij Borcherts as well as Machinefabriek Dekens are part of the Dekens Groep BV in Sappemeer.
At the end of 2010 the last new-building project has been finished. A new high-grade steel foundry was taken into use, which increased the production space by 1000 m2. In this new high-grade steel foundry an induction-melting installation with 3 melting furnaces was taken into use. In all the foundry now has 3 independent induction-melting installations with a total of 7 melting furnaces. Castings with a weight of 6.000 kg can now be manufactured in cast iron as well as stainless steel and bronze.
An exceptionally advanced sand regeneration-installation for furan resin as well as alkali silicate was taken into use in the first quarter of 2011.