The philosophy behind our activities is quite different from the competition’s. "Our priority is labour maximisation rather than profit maximisation," Kristof Casier, Unit Director at WAAK Metal & Assembly says. "We are constantly looking for ways to break down production processes into manageable chunks, which we do successfully. Today, we employ around two hundred social enterprise workers and another forty or so executives."
The fact that the word ‘Assembly’ is part of the WAAK name is not coincidental. "It distinguishes us from many other metalwork companies," Marketing and Sales Director Kristof Hots explains. "Like conventional companies, we have a wide range of machinery for bending, coating, punching and lasering sheets and tubes. But we go one important step further. We also assemble the parts we create on-site in order to deliver a fully assembled end product."
This means that the customer’s own employees can focus on their core tasks. We refer to this as in-house work maximisation. As a local and reliable partner, WAAK guarantees consistent quality and delivery reliability.
Sustainability is high on the agenda at WAAK. Our focus on sustainability is reflected in various aspects of our day-to-day business operations. Of course, social enterprise employment is an important part of our vision. WAAK provides employment opportunities for people who – for whatever reason – are finding it difficult to access the regular labour market. It adapts its production processes and workplaces to the needs of its social enterprise workers. It also aims to achieve sustainable, long-term cooperation. And by centrally offering all the production steps from raw materials to a packaged end product, it saves on transport.
Our site of about 35,000 square metres currently processes 1,400 tonnes of metal per year, but our ambitions go beyond that. In the next two years, we have planned the expansion of our infrastructure and a thorough makeover. We want to make it even easier for our partners to outsource their tasks to us and we aim to put more enthusiastic social enterprise staff to work.