The past is only history ... But making use of the past for the future, makes it into a heritage (Ulrich Bez)

VDL Weweler-Colaert has grown out of the in 1878 established private company "Usines Colaert" and "Weweler" which was established in 1924.

Henri Colaert: The inventor of the groove in leafsprings. (1904)

Our oldest patent (1904) is on the name of Henri Colaert. The idea consisted in providing longitudinal grooves onto the ends of the leaves, in order to keep the package in place. This concept is still in use on new designs of leaf springs.