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In this blog you can read about the future of printing, about challenges and solutions, about sustainability, trends and surprising developments, about the possibilities of new printing and finishing techniques, insights that can inspire you to look at your printing in a different way … In short, a unique peek into the world of Daddy Kate.

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‘Keep investing in future – right now’ – VIGC (Oct ’22)

It is difficult to predict the future, especially as one crisis seems to follow another. Nevertheless, Thijs Claes remains confident about the course he has set for printing company Daddy Kate as ceo. As such,…

Solar panels for Daddy Kate (Oct ’22)

Last week we signed a contract with Scholt Energy to install solar panels on our roof. If all goes well, this investment will allow us to enjoy solar energy as early as next spring! On…

A 100-year horizon: about our radical long-term vision (Jul ’22)

Within 100 years, we want to still be there as an independent family business. Ambitious? Perhaps. But you could also call it a radical long-term vision. A vision that focuses not so much on short-term…

‘CO2 neutral and PEFC certified’ – PEFC (Jun ’22)

With two sites in Belgium and France, the family-owned business is able to meet the challenges of supplies and tight deadlines while striving for carbon neutrality, to which PEFC certification contributes. Daddy Kate has been…

Thijs Claes of Daddy Kate: ‘Transparent about everything’ – Printmedianieuws (Jun ’22)

BUSINESS – While talking to CEO Thijs Claes of Daddy Kate of Sint-Pieters-Leeuw (Belgium), it is immediately striking with what openness Claes talks about his company. And within that, it is particularly striking that 20%…

Wage bonus (CLA 90): more than €4,000 net for everyone! (Jun ’22)

If a company achieves good results, everyone can enjoy it. Sounds logical, doesn’t it? That’s why at DADDY KATE we share 20% of our profits equally among all employees. The Belgian government supports this initiative…

DV3: our 4th acquisition in less than two years (May ’22)

In recent years, DADDY KATE acquired no fewer than four printing companies. One in Belgium. Three in France. Who were they? What did they do? But above all, who are they today …and tomorrow? Today…

HP Indigo Global VIP Event (May ’22)

Every year, HP Indigo organises a three-day event in Tel Aviv for its 200 best customers worldwide. Naturally, as the fastest-growing customer in the Benelux, DADDY KATE could not be absent from this event in…

Carte Blanche: our 3rd acquisition in France (Apr ’22)

In recent years, DADDY KATE acquired no fewer than four printing companies. Three in France. One in Belgium. Who were they? What did they do? But above all, who are they today … and tomorrow?…

Imprimerie Dumoulin: our 2nd acquisition in France (Mar ’22)

In recent years, DADDY KATE acquired no fewer than four printing companies. Three in France. One in Belgium. Who were they? What did they do? But above all, who are they today … and tomorrow?…

Becquart Impressions: our 1st acquisition in France (Feb ’22)

In recent years, DADDY KATE acquired no fewer than four printing companies. Three in France. One in Belgium. Who were they? What did they do? But above all, who are they today … and tomorrow?…

‘From offset printer to ambitious graphics group’ – Dataline (Jan ’22)

Daddy Kate is a fast-growing offset and large format printing company. Since the arrival of the second generation, the Brussels-based company has grown both in depth and breadth. More than ever, Daddy Kate relies on…

Daddy Kate CO2 neutral by 2024 (Jan ’22)

By 2024, we want Daddy Kate to be carbon neutral. A tight but mostly challenging plan. Curious about how we approach it? WORKING ON OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT On paper, a printing company does not seem…

‘Employees help decide on investments and HR’ – HRmagazine (Jan ’22)

“The more autonomously employees make decisions, the more engaged they are and the more ownership they feel of the company” Radical transparency and a participative collaboration model where employees decide on investments and recruitment is…

‘The Congress 2021: in the spirit of progress’ – VIGC (Nov ’21)

Fast innovating in print The theme Fast Forward in Print already gave it away: the print shop of the future is looking ahead and moving fast with innovation. People, automation and sustainability were the recurring…

‘Podcast: meet the CEO of the Future – Thijs Claes (Daddy Kate)’ – Trends (Nov ’21)

In this special series of the Trends Podcast, we explore what the CEO of the future should look like. The basis for this series is an online survey that Trends conducted in collaboration with PwC….

‘Daddy Kate makes radical transparency the basis for internal communication’ – Workforce IT (Sep ’21)

Daddy Kate, a family-run printing company in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw with 125 employees, is a maverick in its sector. Long-term vision, autonomy, transparency and trust are at the heart of the company’s culture. “Clear and fast internal…

‘Sometimes transparency is hard, but we have no secrets’ – Trends (Aug ’21)

According to Thijs Claes, the CEO of Daddy Kate and a member of the second generation of the family business, acquisitions are the only way to grow structurally. His direct hr approach, radical transparency and…

Third-generation day 2021: report (Jul ’21)

Posing boldly in front of the lens. Or with a goofy mouth. They were clearly in the mood. By ‘them’ we mean Mats, Ella, Amber, Ise and Stan. The five oldest Claes descendants of the…

‘Diversification is the code word’ – Grafisch Nieuws (Jun ’21)

Daddy Kate, the Claes family’s graphics group in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw in Flemish Brabant, is pushing the accelerator even in the midst of a corona crisis. The company is making acquisitions and investing heavily. “To grow in…

‘Daddy Kate acquires Overijse-based printer DV3’ – Grafisch Nieuws (May ’21)

With the takeover of printing company DV3 in Overijse, DaddyKate, the Claes family’s graphics group, is on its fourth acquisition in less than two years. According to Thijs Claes, Daddy Kate’s CEO, this takeover will…

‘This is how you keep growing in a structurally shrinking market’ – MT.be (Nov ’20)

Even on a structurally shrinking market and in full crisis, you can reap success and even grow. Thijs Claes, CEO of printing company Daddy Kate did so through strategic acquisitions, a new leadership style and…

“Investing in yourself is crucial. This is how you can grow quickly as a leader and also bring your team into your story” – Bloovi (Oct ’20)

By Bert Vandebuerie 27th oct ’20 Thijs Claes, who studied Germanic languages and philosophy and even taught for a while, decided in 2009 to join his parents’ printing business. For him, it was a leap into…

‘It’s not my job to motivate people’ – De Tijd (Jul ’20)

Philosopher, Dutch teacher and ‘absolutely not interested’ in his parents’ printing business, that was Thijs Claes until 2009. Until the family asked him to become CEO and he made Daddy Kate profitable again, with Booking.com…

‘4 in 10 businesses restarted in a fortnight’ – RingTV (Apr ’20)

4 out of 10 companies have restarted or plan to do so in the near future. This is according to a survey of more than 1,000 companies by Voka, the Flemish network of enterprises. 85…

Favourite Place: Thijs Claes – Voka (okt ’19)

For this month’s Place Préférée, we went out with Thijs Claes. As the young CEO of Daddy Kate, he is a true Flemish-Brabant entrepreneur. For instance, they recently became the first Belgian offset printer to…

‘Daddy Kate installs HP Indigo 12000 digital B2 press’ -Print News (Sep ’19)

To strengthen their position in the Belgian graphics market, Daddy Kate (Sint-Pieters-Leeuw) has installed the HP Indigo 12000 digital press. This makes Daddy Kate the first major offset player in Belgium to invest in this…

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