Sun, shade, Symo parasols

History of a professional parasol manufacturer

  • 1932

    Theo Van Sieleghem starts Symo. He is inducted into the umbrella guild as an umbrella manufacturer.

  • 1945

    After World War II Symo expands its product range to include neckties and parasosl in addition to umbrellas.

  • 1950

    The company enjoys significant growth in range, turnover and employment.

  • 1966

    On 1st June 1966 however, the factory premises in the Schaarstraat in Bruges burns down to the ground. Fortunately, construction had already got underway for a larger property in the Snaggaardstraat which allowed the shopfloor to resume production with speed.

  • 1970

    Between 1965 and 1970 the product range continues to expand, going on to include fishing umbrellas, garden cusions, sunshades for prams, market stall canopies, advertising parasols and advertising umbrellas. Symo starts to export.

  • 1974

    By the time Theo Van Sieleghem died, Symo had developed into the largest umbrella and parasol manufacturer in the Benelux. His son Jos and his daughter Greta continued the business with considerable expertise.

  • 1978

    Jos and Greta Van Sieleghem built a new headquarters at the Waggelwater Industrial Estate. From the grandchildren however, no successors came forward.

  • 1991

    Symo was taken over by a new owner. In turn, Symo acquired the Ghent based Broers umbrella factory which served to strengthen Symo's leadership position as supplier of umbrellas and parasols.

  • 1998

    Symo focuses on 3 product groups: fishing umbrellas, terrace parasols and market stall canopies. The company sells the other product groups or stops its production. Exports grows to 70% of the export. Symo supplies parasols and umbrellas throughout the whole of Europe, from Portugal to Finland and from the UK to Italy.

  • 2006

    Sywawa passes a rigorous selection and is one of the top international outdoor producers to be present at the new “outdoor indoor” hall at the prestigious Maison & Objet fair in Paris.

    The Solis is awarded with the Henry Van de Velde label.

  • 2007

    Symo already exists for 75 years. In order to highlight her knowledge and youth Symo launches an innovative range of designparasols using the brandname Sywawa. External designers develop in cooperation with Symo a fresh, groovy view on parasols and their accessories.

  • 2008

    The Coupe is awarded the public's price at 100% Design exhibition in Rotterdam.

    The launch of the Frou Frou parasol brings Symo Parasols a prestigious IF product design award.

    De Solis has been nominated for the DesignPreis.

  • 2009

    The Frou Frou has been nominated for the DesignPreis.

  • December 2012

    Symo Parasols fully concentrates on its core businesses: strong parasols, sturdy service and "sunbelievable design parasols".
    All time and energy is needed to focus on thes competences and therefore an end has come to the era of the fishing umbrellas.

  • 2013

    Opening of a new 500m² showroom.

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