Historical facts of TenCate brandnames

Sep 02, 2022


In 1956 a representative of the Dutch AKU (Arnhemse Kunststoffen Unie, today part of Akzo) approached mr. Nico ter Kuile about development of technical textiles for marine structures. Discussions between AKU, the Deltadienst and Ter Kuile led to a contract of several thousands of nylon sand bags to close the Pluimpot, The Netherlands in October 1957. In 1964, the brand name Nicolon was invented and today’s company was registered in September 1968 as Nicolon B.V.

Today, Nicolon® Industrial Fabrics is the leading brand for woven and/or coated industrial textile fabrics.

TenCate Nicolon® nets are used in mushroom growing (Growing net R303, R333, R343) composting (Tunnelnet R176, R186, R875 and glidenet R762, R448) and other related applications. A long term knowledge and experience prove that TenCate nets are a reliable and tested contribution to your results.

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Photo: Nicolon R303 growing net


In 1987 the Austrian based Polyfelt company (now TenCate Geosynthetics) launched a project to use civil engineering products for niche applications in agriculture. In 1988 the brand name Toptex® was established and used for covering silage films to prevent damage by birds. The first step into these new markets was done. The high quality needle punched non-wovens out of continuous filaments turned out to be the perfect product to protect valuable crop harvests from environmental damage or loss of quality.

Today, TenCate Toptex® is the technology and market leader in agriculture for, covering straw, compost, wood chips, potato harvests and sugar beet.

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Photo: Toptex Straw cover



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