The construction of
Salem El Komsan
On May 12 2005, after a conflict with unique shareholder Jan Byttebier, of the Company Byttebier en zonen,
has left Guy Koekelbergh, founder of Salem El Komsan the company.
He is replaced by Said Lozi. The production page will no longer be updated
Under the guidance of Guy Koekelbergh, Salem el Komsan reached
a production of 1000 shirts a day in April 2005. Guy arrived in
Cairo on 7 October 2003. The construction seen in the pictures and
links on the left, started there after. This happened simultaneously
with the legal establishment of the company. Than Guy imported the
machines and started the personal selection. After that came the
training of 90% of the unskilled workforce. From the first stone
till 1000 shirts a day took. 1 year and 7 months. However due to
external supply and order problems, the company was stopped for
several months. The hole process could have been done also in 1
year and 4 months.
Guy Koekelbergh started his own company in Egypt.
Luxor Shirt Company makes 1000 shirts
Said Lozi also left Salem El Komsan in 2006, to join Luxor .
Update of February 2008 by Guy Koekelbergh.
We are now 3 years later. In the more than 12 years I worked for the company Byttebier
en zonen, we have been very successful. With pain in my hart, I have to see that, after my
departure, the company has been in a steady decline. The factory Sofema in Romania has
declared bankrupt this month. This company Salem El Komsan has had at least 10
managers after I left. It has fired 50 % of its personnel and is in bad shape.
I have always believed that the shirt business is a team work. Teams can only thrive with
respect for all its members. Never change a winning team !
Update of April 2008
The company Salem El Komsan closed for a period in March2008. After the restart some of the managers left.
3th update of 2008
More bad news, from the Byttebier company in Belgium this time. The shirt company "Byttebier en zonen" was sold to an other Textile confection and import company from Ternat Belgium. The once so profitable company in Beveren Leie that existed since 1929 ended here in 2008.