E.S. Tooling was founded in Beringen in 1996 by Erik Schildermans, who had a background in the industry and a wealth of experience in the production of mechanical parts and molds at, amongst others, Philips, Mercedes and Melotte 3D Metal Printing & High Precision Manufacturing.
From the beginning, the focus was on turning and milling mechanical parts, small and difficult jobs – to tolerances of 5 microns or less – that others did not dare to undertake. “I immediately opted for a niche market.”
That successful decision was soon noticed. In 2008, the American company Dentsply acquired both E.S. Tooling and E.S. Healthcare. Following the acquisition, Erik remained with Dentsply for 5 years, and replicated the technology developed by E.S. HealthCare here in Hasselt over in the US, Japan and Sweden.
However, in 2013, his entrepreneurial spirit encouraged Schildermans and his management to re-acquire E.S. Tooling and build on its success. Today, 15 highly educated and motivated people work for E.S. Tooling on the Slamstraat in Genk.