TDV industries dates back to 1867, when the Coisne and Lambert families decided to team up
in order to create a textile factory at Armentières, in the North of France. This was a first for the textile industry, as in those days workers were expected to weave in their own homes, and organize themselves as best they could: if someone was short of materials, they went to see a neighbor.
1914: The outset of war disrupted the activity of the factory, which was occupied by the Germans,
while the yarns were requisitioned for the front. The fathers (second generation) then set up a factory at Choisy, which continued to operate until 1920. At this time the materials produced by TDV Industries were used by rubber manufacturers such as Michelin and Hutchinson to produce their pneumatic products.
Following the acquisition of a factory at Saint-Quentin in the Vermandois region (North of France), the threat of another world conflict was hanging in the air. The company, therefore, sought refuge once more. In Laval, in the Mayenne department, the Coisne and Lambert entrepreneurs found the water, buildings and manpower they needed, and it was here that the Textiles du Vermandois firm was finally resettled, renamed in homage to the St-Quentin factory.
1952 saw the arrival of new machines, and TDV added a spinning workshop and a dyeing and finishing workshop to the existing weaving facility.
This allowed TDV complete autonomy in the production of finished fabrics, and this is still today what constitutes TDV Industries’ winning formula.
The 80’s were strategic years for TDV with a major rethink and uninterrupted investment over nine years.
In order to keep pace with globalisation and, moreover, withstand the European textile crisis, TDV decided to give up the mass clothing industry and concentrate on fabrics for the workplace, both civil and military.
The first decade of the new millennium brought a heightened level of awareness to TDV Industries: ecological and social expectations were increasing, while natural resources were diminishing.
Desirous of bringing about change in favour of a positive economy, TDV Industries decided in 2005 to work towards building up an equitable cotton industry in Africa in partnership with Max Havelaar. TDV Industries committed to the first Agenda 21 in 2006 and set about producing recycled polyester fabrics and organic fair-trade African cotton in 2009.
2019 : the 6th generation
The fifth generation of the Coisne and Lambert families is currently at the helm of the company, represented by Christophe Lambert. The sixth generation is now taking up its position, with the arrival of Paul Devilder (Coisne family) in January 2019.