Beernaert Dry Plate C° S.A.

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Firm

Alternative name or descriptor

  • Compagnie des Plaques sèches Beernaert

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  • Connected

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1880 * Gand, Rue de la Vigne, 16
Company founded in 1880 and capitalized at 300 000 francs. First mechanised factory for gelatine bromide dry plates using Van Monckhoven’s emulsions (20 m² a day). Became independent of Van Monckhoven in 1886 and produced 400 m² dry plates per day, i.e. 1 500 dozen 13x18 cm plates. Became a limited liability company in 1891; directors: Emile De Coninck and A.V. Christiani. Over the following six years under these two directors, the factory doubled in size and by 1896 had around 200 employees. "[The site] comprises two halls for plate manufacturing, separated by enormous stores regorging with products; the buildings where photographic paper is made are over 150 metres in length. The firm can comfortably produce 5 000 dozen plates and 10 000 metres of paper a day (Le Petit Bleu du Matin, 23.8.1896). Emile De Coninck resigned in 1897 and acquired the firm of V. Guéquier & Cie.
1886 * - 1901 / Gand, Allée Verte, 234-235<93-00>or 212-213<01>
As early as 1886 this was the leading Belgian photochemical company: it employed 69 workmen and 16 office staff. In 1897 and in order to avoid bancrupcy, it split into two entities:
1) Ed. Beernaert Dry Plate C°, which set up operations in Quai Saint-Antoine and declared insolvency in 1901;
2) Société anonyme d’exploitation The Ed. Beernaert's Company (see that name).
Patent of 26.1.1897 to the Société anonyme d'exploitation The Ed. Beernaert's Dry Plate Company for "a new process for preparing sensitive photographic layers".
1898 - 1901 / Gand, Quai Saint-Antoine, 4-5
Successor: Thiéry Ferdinand
1901 Gand, Rue des Poulets, 16 (factory)
1911 - 1921 Gand, Rue des Femmes Saint-Pierre, 67 or 163<13> [Sint Pietersvrouwstraat]
Recorded in the trade directories, its relation to previous incarnations of the firm has yet to be established.

Locations

1880 * Gand, Rue de la Vigne, 16
1886 * - 1901 / Gand, Allée Verte, 234-235<93-00>or 212-213<01>
1898 - 1901 / Gand, Quai Saint-Antoine, 4-5
1901 Gand, Rue des Poulets, 16 (factory)
1911 - 1921 Gand, Rue des Femmes Saint-Pierre, 67 or 163<13> [Sint Pietersvrouwstraat]

Exhibitions

Chicago, 1893; Geneva, 1893 (Ed. Beernaert, S.A.); Antwerp, 1894 (silver medal); Brussels, 1897.

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DIRECTORY_1997#166

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SFJ revised 20.2.2017, 2.7.2017 & 20.10.2017; SFJ revised 3.10.2020 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght; SFJ revised 8.4.2021

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