About us

From small family business to integrated group counting 8 construction companies.

Introduction

Democo Group is a cluster of 8 vertically integrated companies with all the necessary knowledge and expertise on board to develop, build, finish and maintain building projects from A to Z. In 40 years’ time we have developed ourselves into a genuine reference in the Belgian market.

Democo Group originated from contracting company Democo, which expanded as technical companies as well as finishing and development businesses started to join the family. For our clients, this means that we are able to offer the complete range of services required to tackle their construction projects from start to finish. We focus on larger, more complex construction ventures across all sectors.

For our companies, the presence of the group context means that they can focus 100% on their field of expertise, within the safety of a framework that offers support, reliability and economies of scale. Centralised services strengthen their operational capabilities and they benefit from the synergy between them and their fellow enterprises. The sister companies’ collaboration goes far beyond a traditional contractor-subcontractor relationship: our businesses actively work together from the get-go, and therefore fully grasp how they can best complement each other, without losing valuable information or time.

 

Founder Cyriel Demot

Cyriel Demot was 56 when, in 1977, he was dismissed from his role as CEO at a construction company following a dispute around the correct payment of its labourers. All 800 workers, most of whom Cyriel knew by name, stood by his side and spontaneously put down their tools – to no avail.

As a father to 3 young children, Cyriel did not lose courage: he sold off his apartment by the seaside for seed capital and together with Frans Houben and Mario Longhi started his own construction company: Democo. Cyriel’s loyalty, integrity and respect for customers and workers paid off: no more than a year later, the company had a headcount of 80 employees and a considerable number of former clients had followed. In the next years, Democo continued to show rapid growth: Cyriel was a strong believer in vertical integration and was keen to work as one company as much as possible. Thanks to this approach, many construction partners became colleagues and the company gathered further expertise in the areas of finishing, technical services and project development.

Today, Cyriel’s sons Philip and Michel Demot are at the helm of the Democo Group family business – while a few grandchildren are hard at work in the company as well. Houben’s sons and grandsons, too, are still active in the business.

 

1945

Daeninck & Deweerdt is founded as a specialist in heating installations for private homes.

1977

At the age of 56, Cyriel Demot together with Frans Houben and Mario Longhi starts his own construction company.

“Democo Algemene Ondernemingen” is born, setting in motion a distinct and integrated vision on real estate.

1982

Acquisition Vandenbriele

The acquisition of sanitation expert Vandenbriele is the first step towards what will become the future Democo Group: the ambition to deliver better, faster and more efficient work for end customers through vertical integration has been kickstarted.

1985

Founding of AEW

Eddy Noben founds ‘Algemene Electriciteitswerken’ (AEW – General Electricity Works). Under his leadership, we are able to grow into a group of around 150 employees and three companies.

1986

Founding of Deholi & Deconstruct

Democo builds centralised workshops on the Centrum Zuid industrial estate in Houthalen.

1994

Founding of Democo Poland

1997

Second generation at the helm

2000

Construction new offices Democo Poland

Founding of DMI Vastgoed, predecessor to Ciril

As a construction company, Democo comes across a great many opportunities within the real estate sector and develops a strong network of partners. To be able to further expand on this, DMI Vastgoed is established as a real estate company and project developer. From the get-go, DMI Vastgoed actively focuses on inner city developments with significant attention to the surrounding areas and the people who live there.

2002

Founding of Democo Group holding and buyout Mario Longhi

2008

Acquisition AEW

Opening branches in Antwerp & Brussels

AEW is taken in under the umbrella of Democo Group. The group provides continuity and growth for AEW.

2013

Founding of Demtec Services & AEW Security

Demtec services is established as the reference for technical maintenance. Today, thanks to its shared knowledge as a subsidiary within Democo Group, Demtec is an ideal partner from the first stages in construction to the final maintenance phase.

AEW Security is a partner for safeguarding professional environments thanks to its bespoke offer of monitoring and security systems.

2016

Acquisition Daeninck & Deweerdt

Daeninck & Deweerdt becomes a granddaughter of Democo, through technical specialist Vandenbriele. Through this acquisition, Daeninck & Deweerdt becomes part of a group with a strong presence across Flanders.

2018

Founding of regional office East-Flanders in Ghent

2019

Democo Group introduces a new and uniform corporate identity across all its companies, with a fresh logo.

We are stronger together, joint as a group of companies. Thanks to our new corporate identity, the sense of unity we achieve internally through our collaboration and management, now shines through to the outside world as well. We all sail under the same flag.

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History

1945

Daeninck & Deweerdt is founded as a specialist in heating installations for private homes.

1977

At the age of 56, Cyriel Demot together with Frans Houben and Mario Longhi starts his own construction company.

“Democo Algemene Ondernemingen” is born, setting in motion a distinct and integrated vision on real estate.

1982

Acquisition Vandenbriele

The acquisition of sanitation expert Vandenbriele is the first step towards what will become the future Democo Group: the ambition to deliver better, faster and more efficient work for end customers through vertical integration has been kickstarted.

1985

Founding of AEW

Eddy Noben founds ‘Algemene Electriciteitswerken’ (AEW – General Electricity Works). Under his leadership, we are able to grow into a group of around 150 employees and three companies.

1986

Founding of Deholi & Deconstruct

Democo builds centralised workshops on the Centrum Zuid industrial estate in Houthalen.

1994

Founding of Democo Poland

1997

Second generation at the helm

2000

Construction new offices Democo Poland

Founding of DMI Vastgoed, predecessor to Ciril

As a construction company, Democo comes across a great many opportunities within the real estate sector and develops a strong network of partners. To be able to further expand on this, DMI Vastgoed is established as a real estate company and project developer. From the get-go, DMI Vastgoed actively focuses on inner city developments with significant attention to the surrounding areas and the people who live there.

2002

Founding of Democo Group holding and buyout Mario Longhi

2008

Acquisition AEW

Opening branches in Antwerp & Brussels

AEW is taken in under the umbrella of Democo Group. The group provides continuity and growth for AEW.

2013

Founding of Demtec Services & AEW Security

Demtec services is established as the reference for technical maintenance. Today, thanks to its shared knowledge as a subsidiary within Democo Group, Demtec is an ideal partner from the first stages in construction to the final maintenance phase.

AEW Security is a partner for safeguarding professional environments thanks to its bespoke offer of monitoring and security systems.

2016

Acquisition Daeninck & Deweerdt

Daeninck & Deweerdt becomes a granddaughter of Democo, through technical specialist Vandenbriele. Through this acquisition, Daeninck & Deweerdt becomes part of a group with a strong presence across Flanders.

2018

Founding of regional office East-Flanders in Ghent

2019

Democo Group introduces a new and uniform corporate identity across all its companies, with a fresh logo.

We are stronger together, joint as a group of companies. Thanks to our new corporate identity, the sense of unity we achieve internally through our collaboration and management, now shines through to the outside world as well. We all sail under the same flag.

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