Enkev Group celebrates 20 years of Enkev Polska

Enkev Group celebrates 20 years of Enkev Polska

05/07/2021 - written by Kamile

Here at Enkev Group we value every member of our team, therefore, a 20-year anniversary of Enkev Polska in the Group is something we take at heart. In occasion, a celebration has been organized in Lodz, Poland last week.

 

The event was attended by the whole team of Enkev Poland, as well as by Marc Dokter and John Van Den Hout from Enkev Group BV in Volendam, the Netherlands.

 

The mood was definitely festy. The direct reason for the celebration was that Enkev Polska is now 20 years part of the Enkev group. But a good second reason for celebration was that we wanted to organize something for our employees to socialize after having spent so much time in lockdowns.

 

On the party there were performances of the Three tenors, a magician played his tricks, and an ice sculpture was sculpted. Who would have thought Marc was so good in arts and crafts?

 

But shall we start from the very beginning? How did it all begin? It seems as if it was only yesterday, instead 20 years have passed since the day Enkev Group embraced Enkev Polska. Over the years we’ve gone through a major restructuration and expansion, moving to a new location, modernizing the machinery, and acquiring new knowledge.

 

We are happy to have such a solid member in our group, congratulations Enkev Polska and wish all of us a prosper future.

Enkev introduces Dos Marcos and will co-host a webinar May 4th, 6th 2021

Enkev introduces Dos Marcos and will co-host a webinar May 4th, 6th 2021

30/04/2021 - written by Kamile
May 4th and 6th ENKEV will be co-hosting a webinar with two guest-start speakers from the US Dos Marcos. We invite you to be part of our tailor-suited appointment for the mattress industry experts.
 
Our guest-star speakers - Amazon and Forbes bestselling authors Dos Marcos, managed to transform mattress-industry-related content into a shamelessly successful podcast: Dos Marcos, The Galaxy’s Greatest Mattress Podcast (dosmarcos.co), with over 200 episodes and hundreds of thousands of listens...
They also created the The FAM - the world’s first audio-everywhere media hub for the mattress and furniture industries.
 
Things are changing at a rapid pace so if you want to thrive coming out of this pandemic, this session is a must for you. Together with the third Marc from Enkev, Tres Marcos will cover worldwide trends in the mattress industry, retail vs online; they will discuss ways companies can separate themselves from their competition, create a strong emotional connection to their customers and develop a creative approach to business that will make them unstoppable.
 
We promise you a fun and energizing time, that will keep you going for the rest of the Interzum-week.  

And just so you know, if we were not to do this online, we would have finished with some cocktails! Therefore, we have prepared a very special gift.
 
 
 
Register through the following links:
 
 
 
May 4th https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NBh_FVV4SG-cuZ6lVXrltA
 
May 6th https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NBh_FVV4SG-cuZ6lVXrltA
 
INTERVIEW CEO MARC DOKTER AT CHANGE.INC

INTERVIEW CEO MARC DOKTER AT CHANGE.INC

14/04/2021 - written by Kamile
Owner and Managing Director of Enkev Group, Marc Dokter has been interviewed by Change.inc. Here are the main take outs from the interview. Find the full artcle (in Dutch) following the link bellow.
  • “The funny thing is that until recently we didn't realize at all that we have always been sustainable.” Enkev uses materials from trees, plants and animals and make their products locally, in small factories.The company has been around since 1932.
  • “In the end, I don't believe in the society as it was developing, where winners take it all, where consolidation is the holy grail, where investments are made in start-ups because they need to scale up worldwide as quickly as possible. I don't believe it is good for the Netherlands. I don't think it is right for a company like Amazon to rule the world wide web and get a share of every euro spent. We have gone too far in globalization and I don't believe in the good intentions of those companies either. They take money out of the game, left or right. I believe in local businesses. In natural raw materials. In local employers.
  • That plastic therefore has a much higher price for society than a customer paid for it. These cheap raw materials cause waste problems, pollution and plastic that cannot be processed sustainably. I think companies have gone too far in manufacturing as cheaply as possible, and we are now paying the price for that. The governments can take measures against this, but have limited influence, run into interests and lobbyists. I much more believe that consumers see and understand the logic of certain products.
  • What Enkev can offer to the world is the PU replacement with natural fibers, such as coir, natural horse hair, wool, etc. Natural materials not only assure a great level of micro-climate, but also absorbtion of noise and a perfect comfort.
  • I want to be the company where people need to be. I take responsibility for all products I sell. Customers can always return the materials. It's about taking care of products that we send out into the world. We do that. We use a lot of vegetable materials, are actually a large CO2 storage company. We do not withdraw anything from the earth. ”
  • Growth is not the goal, but I do want to make more good materials available to more good industries. I want to replace dirty products. And so I want to do business locally. The local economy is the future. I want the money from the companies that make a profit to reach the people who are on the floor. And not with people on the other side of the ocean.
  • When possible, Enkev skips the middleman when purchasing natural materials. “We maintain a direct relationship with 800 sheep farmers in New Zealand. This way we can access the best wools; and because the trade is over, the farmer can earn a little more. ”
  • In addition to working with natural materials, in the recent years Enkev has invested in a new circular product called Labyrinth. “That is an extruded material made from certain polymers. Like most of our natural materials, it is an alternative to PU foam, which is often used in mattresses.” “We are already ready to receive the Labyrinth material back. After receipt, we shred it and can process it again, ”says Dokter. “It is therefore not a circular story but a circular product. Countless start-ups in the world are busy thinking up these kinds of things. We just do it. ”
Read full article (in Dutch) at: https://www.change.inc/changemakers/marc-dokter
Enkev USA!

Enkev USA!

26/02/2021 - written by Marc
Volendam, The Netherlands, February 2021,
 
 
 
After many years of pioneering the USA and Canadian markets from Europe, Enkev Natural Fibres have opened their USA office: Enkev USA LLC.
 
 
 
Over the last years the interest in our differentiating materials has been on the rise and we thought it was time to give this big market the attention it deserves.
 
 
 
Of course timing was a little awkward with the Covid pandemic raging. At the same time we believe that Covid will be a an important catalyst for healthy living in harmony with the environment. That’s exactly where our products play an important role. Says Marc Dokter the MD and Sales Director of the Enkev Group that consists of 5 factories.
 
 
 
We’re also happy to announce that mr Karsten Siewert (High Point, NC) is leading this expansion. We’ve known Karsten for many years and we’re confident that his experience will be a key factor in our success. Karsten has 20+ years of product management experience in the furniture & mattress industry in Europe & North America. He’s got solid business development and organizational skills and he’s a really hands-on guy.
 
 
 
Enkev contributes to a better world. Together with our customers we - responsibly and step by step - develop and make functional, bio-based and circular materials with the end of life of our materials constantly in our minds.
 
 
 
 

Please check: www.enkev.com

Karsten Siewert:

Tel: +1 919 923 5390

E-Mail: karsten@enkev.com

Luca, a sustainable car made by students with a touch of Enkev..

Luca, a sustainable car made by students with a touch of Enkev..

09/10/2020 - written by Marc
Dutch astronaut André Kuipers sitting on a carseat that's powered by Enkev!
 
 
 
Congrats to the TU Eindhoven team (Lisa van Etten, Matthijs van Wijk & the others)! You made an electric car of renewable materials. #forabetterworld.
 
 
What a stylish result! Would love to take a spin in Luca! It was a pleasure sending you some materials!
 
 
 
Enkev is a really interesting company. Some see us as a traditional company with a great history but more and more people - including these amazing students - see us as a modern company that has a great future because Enkev offers real solutions for a sustainable future.
 
 
 
 
https://www.nos.nl/l/m/2351459
We're in this together!

We're in this together!

26/06/2020 - written by Marc
Covid-19 is affecting daily lives all over the world.
 

People are unwell; there is pressure on health systems and hospitality related institutions, some businesses are really suffering and there is a lot of uncertainty about the near future.
 
 
In the Enkev Group it’s not different: some colleagues fell ill & happily we can say that they recovered or that they are on the mend.  Business wise we encountered a variety of issues: some customers postponed and even cancelled orders and in some Enkev locations business is still slow.  At other locations where the lockdowns are being lifted; there we see business slowly coming back.
 
 
At Enkev we have always managed our companies carefully, with a natural long-term view. When managing your company as a guardian, a crisis like this does not lead to immediate existence related issues.
 
 
In many senses the Enkev Group shares the ‘Kaitiaki’ guardianship culture of our wool growing partners at Wools of New Zealand: it’s not about today, it’s all about next generations.
 
 
Despite the good news that Covid-19 has been – almost - chased off the New Zealand islands, our growing partners are sitting on stocks of wool. We feel very much connected and committed to our dear partners in New Zealand.
 
 
At Enkev we 100% believe in the Farm Direct fair chain that we have set up between the Wools of New Zealand wool growers and our customers. Our customers are looking for unique value adding materials that function well and have a transparent, traceable provenance. Tokowool was created because customers wanted a special 100% natural lofty wool. Our growers reaction was to crossbreed the curliest coated sheep they could find. This is a good example of what we can do and of what we will be promoting in the future.
 
 
In these uncertain times The Enkev Group would like to clearly state that we stand by our partners in New Zealand and we will honour the commitments that stem from the pre-corona era. We look forward to promoting the Wools of New Zealand materials. Things seem difficult now but the future looks bright.
 
 
Enkev
For a better world
#wool #bedding #interiors #coronaviris #NewZealand #sustainability #betterworld
Cooperation Wools of New Zealand & Enkev Group

Cooperation Wools of New Zealand & Enkev Group

16/03/2018 - written by Matt Dwyer & Marc Dokter
Guardianship. For the sky, the sea, and the land
 
 
 
The Maori people have cherished the land of New Zealand for around 750 years, key to this has been the beautiful culture of Kaitiakitanga, this ancient Maori term is used for the concept of guardianship and protection of the environment. A kaitiaki is a guardian, a person or a group with responsibility for certain areas. In Maori World View, people are closely connected to the land and nature, the axioms we take have a huge impact upon it.
 
 
The Enkev Group has immense pride and passion for our position as a supplier of high quality, high integrity filling solutions. Wools of New Zealand helps us, Enkev, take our ethical and traceable supply chain to truly unique levels. The partnership with WONZ allows us the sourcing of the very best material direct from farms on the beautiful islands of New Zealand.
 
 
Let’s change the game.
DUTCH DESIGN AWARD FLAX CHAIR

DUTCH DESIGN AWARD FLAX CHAIR

02/11/2016 - written by Peter

FLAX Chair by Christien Meindertsma big winner of the Dutch Future and Design Awards 2016

 

On Saturday 29 October during Dutch Design Week the Dutch Design Awards were presented. The winner in the Product category, FLAX Chair by Christien Meindertsma, impressed the international jury on all fronts, and won the Future Award: the big prize for the most promising design for the future.

 

In collaboration with Label/Breed and Enkev, Christien Meindertsma designed a chair made from flax, a crop that requires little water. A new composite was produced by mixing the fibre with polylactic acid (PLA), a biologically degradable plastic made from lactic acid. The material is cut into rectangular lengths, and the various pattern sections are then heat and pressure-sealed to create a shell, and front and rear legs. Different fibres can be discerned in the chair. The design utilises as much of the plant as possible, and represents the flax plant in its entirety.

 

Jury statement:  In this project, Christien Meindertsma once again impressed the jury with her thorough approach. She has been conducting research into the potentials of flax as a material for many years; Meindertsma even bought a flax farm to learn how the material can be cultivated and processed. This project is clearly about more than just another chair: it is the result of long-term research into the material qualities of flax, a quest to reinstate the value of a largely underrated fibre (the short flax fibre), and a desire to connect with Dutch companies to launch a new product on the market. Working in collaboration with Label Breed and Enkev, these endeavours culminated in an astonishingly elegant result. The jury considers the FLAX Chair an excellent example of what contemporary design can achieve.

Cool stuff, co-made by Re-wrap and Enkev

Cool stuff, co-made by Re-wrap and Enkev

29/06/2015 - written by Marc
We know it already many years: if we introduce a designer to our materials they fall in love with them immediately. They love the colours, the texture of our materials and the friendly, natural story that they bring along.
 
 
It's not often that a designer manages to translate this preference into a product as well as Re-wrap from the Netherlands have done lately.
 
 
RE-wrap designed an entirely natural, 'tree based', compostable designer business briefcase. It took a lot of effort from the Enkev technicians to find a way to press coconut fibre and a natural latex sheet into a really thin foldeable, sewable shape...
 
 
This is another example of how Enkev converts traditional materials into the hippest products!
 
 
Cool!
 
 
Marc

     

Book launch: Natural Fibre Composit

Book launch: Natural Fibre Composit

16/04/2015 - written by Dilip Tambyrajah, NFCDesign Platform

Link to book: Indulge and Explore - Natural Fiber Composites

Natural Fiber Composites Design - Product design-oriented knowledge platform

Product designers can contribute in a major way to accelerate the development of natural fibre composite applications in the Netherlands and elsewhere. It is expected that the use of renewable raw materials can provide an important impulse to sustainable societies. Based on renewable materials
Natural Fibre Composites can provide an alternative for many synthetic materials. They can ease the increasing pressures of raw materials scarcity. The use of Natural Fibre Composites will contribute towards Biobased economic development and Circular Economies.

www.nfcdesign.org

New Akwamat 2

New Akwamat 2

01/06/2014 - written by Enkev

Feel refreshed on your holidays...

For many years Enkev - successfully – sells the Akwamat under mattress. The Akwamat has proven itself regarding quality and functionality. In humid areas, the Akwamat offers a solution to condensation under mattresses or cushions.

For convenient in Campars, Caravans and Boats.

Enkev is not leaning back…

We keep innovating and have made steps both in the area of new materials and new processes. The outcome is a new product: the Akwamat 2. Enclosed you will find the brochure.

If you are interested in this new Akwamat please visit the website here: http://www.akwamat.com/

Click here to go to: Webshop

or contact our sales department office@enkev.com or Tel. +31299-364355  

Our Story of Natural hair

Our Story of Natural hair

01/05/2014 - written by John
Enkev releases the complete story of our natural hair...
 
Nature has always provided us with beautiful resources. Historically very little got wasted. Meat was used for food. Leather, bones and also hair has been a source for making tools and clothing. In modern society these materials, called animal ‘by-product’, from the food industry are still used as raw materials for other industries such as the shoe, garment, chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
 
No animals are actually killed for the hair itself. It is a resource that would get wasted if no useful application could be found. Hair coming from horses is an by-product that is mainly used by the brush industry. A small part finds its way into the mattress or upholstery market. Please read more in our Brochure: Our story of natural hair..
no GOTS, no Glory...

no GOTS, no Glory...

01/11/2013 - written by Enkev & Havivank

With the end of the year approaching quickly we want to use the opportunity to inform you about a new milestone that we have achieved: we proudly announce that our company Havivank has managed to obtain the so called GOTS certificate. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.

We think that obtaining the GOTS certificate is significant and worth sharing with you because it standardises the way our industry is talking about terms like natural, organic or sustainable. Too many times we see people or companies using these terms without being able to back up their words. Buying GOTS certified products puts an end to this. GOTS gives the word Organic an objectively measurable meaning. We hope you are interested in these certified materials. If you are, please contact your Enkev sales rep.

Introduction Labyrinth 200

Introduction Labyrinth 200

01/07/2013 - written by Peter

After the succesfull development of Labyrinth 100, Enkev introduces a more value for money version: Labyrinth 200. This is a great innovation since we made a very elastic and durable 3D mono-filament of a common used polyethene (Low Density Poly Olifine Elastomer).

Labyrinth blends the characteristics of carefully chosen, fully recyclable, synthetic fibres and nature’s finest design patterns. The result is an unmatched combination of:

  • Elasticity
  • Pressure division
  • Ventilation
Labyrinth gives you the highest level of comfort.

Adding Labyrinth to a quality mattress creates the most comfortable sleep for the consumer, the most durable choice for professional use, and even the most hygienic combination for potential medical or institutional use. Labyrinth is a hygenic, hypo-allergenic, dust-free, contaminant-free and non-toxic product.

Humidity and air flows freely through the open layers of Labyrinth in your mattress or upholstery, resulting in the best climate for sleep or comfort. Like a fresh breeze in a hot summer, the horizontal air movement caused by natural body movement during the hours of sleep gives you the most comfortable micro-climate, which leads to the most restful and relaxing conditions.

Labyrinth is amazingly durable: we measured a maximum of 5% loss of thickness rolling a 140kg weight over the material for 60.000 times.

When it comes to ventilation, resilience, flexibility and durability, there is nothing better than Enkev’s new Labyrinth.

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