A hot spot of the industrialization of Belgium was the tradition-steeped harbor of Antwerp. Then as now, it was the second-largest chemical center in the world (after Houston, Texas). It was also the home port for General Motors. Several other significant car manufacturers such as Ford, Volkswagen, Renault, and Volvo were spread across Belgium as well. This promising local situation and the overall global internationalization led to the decision by Pepperl+Fuchs to found a Belgian subsidiary.
Guy Crets and Marc Van Pelt were the men who established this subsidiary from square one. In the early years, they were working in a true startup environment, using the private residence of Guy Crets as an office. By 1992, their growth was so succesful that they bought an office of their own. In 1999, it was time to take another step forward and they moved their business to an even bigger office block in Schoten, near Antwerp. This is where Pepperl+Fuchs Belgium is still located today.