History

140 years Cox Geelen

Cox Geelen - Harry Cox
Cox Geelen - Harry Cox
In 1871 Cox Geelen was originally founded as a decorative architectural  forge by Theodorus Hubertus Cox. Theo Cox was born on 18 June 1842 at Roermond.
His first pieces of metalwork were the large iron spiral staircase and the iron fencing around the cathedral’s garden. At the end of the 19th century Theodorus had a new house and factory built in Roermond, situated at the so-called “Canonwall”. In this new factory he started the production of pipes and elbows for stoves and kitchen-ranges.
On 30 October 1915 when Theo Cox passed away after a long illness, he could not have foreseen that Cox Geelen would develop to such strengths from such humble beginnings.

His sons Henricus and Karolus ran the company until in 1935 at which time Henricus became sole proprietor. His son Hubertus also joined the company in 1935 at the age of 23 and was destined to become the successor of the family-owned company.
Cox Geelen manufacturing elbow
Cox Geelen manufacturing elbow
Although Henricus remained at the company until 1940, Hubertus had assumed full responsibility for all decision making within the company. Difficult times began of course in 1940 and by 1943 Hubertus was forced cease operations at the factory as his 30 employees, his stocks and his raw materials were commandeered by the occupying forces.
In November of that year Cox Geelen was bombed and mechanical production is no longer possible. Limited employment was resumed by switching to hand production of products that were in demand at that moment e.g. metal lunchboxes, baking trays and other small items. 1945 brought the evacuation and finally the liberation of Roermond began, but the bomb damaged factory building had also been stripped bare of everything except a small stock of pipes and elbows. Selling these formed the starting capital for a new start.
Cox Geelen
Cox Geelen
Maastricht

In August 1946 the operation was taken over by the company Bertrams and was moved to the Scharnerweg in Maastricht. The first years were difficult as the business searched for markets to expand production opportunities but determination lead to growing the stove product lines and diversifying into product ranges for the construction business and for poultry farming. Furthermore specialization in processing thin sheet iron was developed resulting in the press-shop and compression shaping capabilities being considerably  extended with the addition of new elbow forming machines, folding presses and coiling and de-coiling benches with spiral-winding tube equipment.
The arrival of natural gas in 1965 brought a big revolution to industrial and domestic heating. Gas increasingly replaced coal and oil as the preferred fuels and as the demand for 
gas fired appliance increased so did the need for aluminum flue outlets. Cox Geelen was well positioned to service this growing market with its experience in manufacture and supply similar products and so rapidly began moves to establish itself as a major supplier of flues.
Cox Geelen Eijsden
Cox Geelen Eijsden
New factory in Eijsden

The plans for a new factory date back from 1964. At first it was intended to realize this new factory on the industrial site at Beatrixhaven in Maastricht, however in the end the new factory was built on the industrial site in Eijsden. Early 1970 saw the groundwork started and by the end of the year the entire move of factory, warehouses and offices was complete.
The 100 year anniversary was celebrated in the new modern factory.

Currently Cox Geelen is situated on this site of 63.000 m2.  There is ample space available for future expansion.
Bergschenhoek

In 1997 Cox Geelen undertook a strategic alliance with Bergschenhoek BV which led to a complete merger on 1st January 2000. 
At this time Cox Geelen was also able to enter the specialized market of flues for the new condensing appliances and expanded its development and production of air inlet and flue gas outlet systems for use in combination with both condensing and non-condensing boilers.

We are pleased that today Cox Geelen is a highly valued partner for a large number of European boiler manufacturers.
Cox Geelen
Cox Geelen