Ongoing innovation and enduring attention to quality. The common theme in the history of Bolsius.
The son of Henricus Bolsius and Allegonda Smits – the daughter of an affluent beer brewer from Schijndel – who set up as a village doctor in Schijndel in around 1850.
Antoon received preparatory education at the Fraters van Tilburg monastic order at Ruwenberg in St. Michielsgestel and continued his studies at the College van de Paters Jesuit order in Sittard.1906 Founder Antonius Bolsius passed away this year.
He was nearly 57 and had never married. For this reason, the company was passed to two of his brother’s sons, Henricus (Harrie) and Godefridus (Frits) Bolsius.
This was the year in which Antonius Bolsius set up as a wax bleacher at Kerkendijk in Schijndel. Read more
This was the year in which Lambertus Bolsius started working with the wax bleacher
The eldest son of Henricus Bolsius. After his preparatory education, Lambertus went to the small seminary. Once he had completed his studies, Lambertus worked in the beer brewery of his uncle Mathijs Smits.
It was around this year that the wax bleacher started to manufacture church candles. Read more
The Bolsius brothers started making a name for themselves in manufacturing church candles. The product went down so well with church members that they granted them the distinction of papal purveyor.
While the war was breaking out, the company started to manufacture plaster figurines. There was barely a house in Schijndel without a ‘Kniertje’ (a fisherman's widow from the Dutch play Op Hoop van Zegen) at the window. Read more
The company was dealt a heavy blow by the deaths of both directors, Henricus and Godefridus Bolsius, in a car accident. This gave rise to huge dismay, both in the factory and in the Schijndel area, in which the men had always shown a great deal of interest.
Harrie’s son, L.J. (Lambertus) Bolsius took over the leadership, together with P. van der Heijden.
Candles gained increased popularity in the 50s and 60s, even outside the church environment. The Bolsius brothers attained success by manufacturing decorative candles. Read more
The pressed tealight saw the light of day thanks to an invention by Lambertus Bolsius. Read more
The visit of Princess Irene and the production of special candles for the wedding dinner of Princess Beatrix were highlights in our history.
This was the year in which the Bolsius brothers started the successful sale of graveside candles and party candles produced in a candle factory in Boxmeer, under the leadership of Anton Kristen.
The company owned by the Bolsius brothers waxed and waned in the 60s and 70s before running into major difficulties in the 70s. Read more
Two candle families merged, and continued under the name of Bolsius Kaarsenfabriek B.V. Read more
Bolsius went for gold, and in this year, took over the NV Koninklijke Stearine Kaarsenfabriek Gouda-Apollo.
Bolsius kept the flame alight in the church candles sector. Read more
In 1990, the Bolsius Group took two important steps in advancing company activities in Scandinavia. Bolsius Nordic A.B. was set up in Stockholm, while the subsidiary company, P.A. Trading-Bolsius A.B., was established in Oslo.
What did we buy from Koninklijke Verkade in this year? Read more
The takeover was viewed as a logical step given the many years of cooperation the two companies had enjoyed with one another. The church candle department of Kristen Delden was merged with the Kaarsenfabriek Hoogeland, based in Roermond, in 1998. The name was changed to Kaarsenfabriek Hoogeland-Kristen.
The market changed, and so did Bolsius. We increased in size so we could keep serving customers. . Read more
In this year, Bolsius began storing heated raw materials in Moerdijk in order to guarantee the quality of the candles. Bolsius is unique in this regard.
From this point, Bolsius started providing a wide range of fashionable, decorative candles to consumers in north-west Europe.
Bolsius began the production of rustic candles in all colours of the rainbow.
Bolsius introduced the Twilight, a modern terrace light under the Bolsius Professional name; a complete and top quality range for the professional user, including hospitality users.
From candles that provide light to candles that provide a scent. Bolsius introduced a wide and high-quality range of scented candles under the name Bolsius Aromatic.
A new milestone was reached with the takeover of Eika Kerzen in Germany. The German brand Eika allowed us to add another quality seal to our portfolio.
The history of Bolsius stretches back almost 150 years, from New Zealand to South America Read more