The story of Nicols begins in 1890, on a small Greek Island called Kalymnos, heart of a natural sponge fishery in the Mediterranean sea.
Jean Klimis, a young 15-year-old man leaves his country and his family for a brighter future. After a long journey, he arrived in Belgium in 1897 and founded his company. 20 years later, his company became the European leader in the sector of sponges.
In 1939, the worldwide war put an end to the business but in 1947, the founder’s son, Nicolas, rebuilt everything from scratch, in a small house in Brussels. He used to say “I owned nothing but the one thing I held on to : a crazy will to succeed !”. He then created his own brand, “Nicols”, and within 20 years , he became leader of the Belgian market…. 30 years after this, Nicolas was joined by his two sons, Pierre and Jean. Nicols started manufacturing and began its conquest with the French market and one priority : Private labels. In 20 years-time, Nicols became the leader of Private Label business in France and then in Europe !
What do these three generations of Nicols’ directors have in common? One single word : Passion! Passion to win together in excellence. One of our three values.
The second characteristic of Nicols’ teams is integrity and transparence. In a family culture, we share everything with one another. No politics, no hidden agenda… We share the same objectives and help each other to win.
The third value is also linked to the family history : respect. Respect of his/her colleagues, from the top to the bottom of the pyramid, but also of his/her external partners. This value for respect does not mean that we are not demanding. And we expect a lot from ourselves to begin with.
Nicols attaches considerable importance to creating a friendly working atmosphere where everyone feels good and can grow. This state of mind is reflected in our motto : “a family company, where we feel home!”
A friendly whilst demanding working environment, respectful of people, encouraging diversity, a passion to win, an entrepreneurship mind, here are a few values that define Nicols and its teams. And certainly the keys to our success in 70 years of existence!
Message of the CEO Jean Klimis
WE FEEL HOME
Céline - Junior Market Operations Project Manager
« I started my carrier at Nicols as Sales Assistant under a temporary contract. After 2 months only, I had the opportunity to join the Marketing team as a Junior Market Operations Project Manager with a fixed-term contract in hands. What a great achievement for me. I love this position that enables me to communicate with people to create new products. In addition, it gives me a better view of the future.»
Alexandre - Plant Manager
« I started at Nicols as a Production Engineer to develop industrialization and lean projects. After 1 year and a lot of nice projects, I was trusted to manage people in production. I began by managing a 30-people workshop in chemical production. 1 year later, I had the chance to become Production Manager. During those 2 years, I really enjoyed managing very motivated teams and face a lot of challenge with good results. Now I am the new Plant Manager and looking forward to new challenges and big progress in the plant. I greatly appreciate the Nicols family spirit because I was allowed to manage lots of different things in different areas and grow very fast, all of that in a very friendly and family way of working. »
Jana - Key Account Manager
« I started my career in Nicols as Sales Assistant. I especially enjoyed this position because I was in contact with all the departments of the company, learning a lot. As Wiping &Scouring Category Manager I experienced the excellent team work of the Category Team with, as a highlight, the introduction of many of our patented technologies. The team spirit is also what I enjoy at my current position as Key Account Manager – only together we can succeed in providing excellent products and services to our clients. »