The history of Algeco
History of Algeco
On 19 December 1955, Algeco was founded by Jean-Pierre Bruggeman and Jean Thomachot in the French city of Mâcon. Initially Algeco's (d'Alliance et Gestion Commerciale) business operations primarily involved the sale of (raw) materials such as flour, sugar, cement, coal, wine, and vehicles. The development of prefab construction, however, only really started at the end of 1955. Generations later, we are still a leader in this market.
First major success with the Bulle 2002
The very first prefab construction we released onto the market was a wooden shed with a stove and a sleeping area. At the end of the 50s, we introduced the "Bulle 2002": a plastic 9m² unit that could be connected to other units. This practical, original, quick, and affordable solution was met with enthusiastic response. Soon, the units were appearing everywhere and we developed bigger and better models based on the "Bulle 2002". Algeco spread across Europe.
Starting from the mid-90s, we started developing services for specific markets. That is how Algeco became more and more important for the construction sector, for schools and hospitals, and the growing market for temporary office accommodation. The concept of continuous improvement was applied to every unit - always adjusting and improving based on previous models. We came up with better solutions, modules were re-invented, and the design evolved. And that is how we eventually arrived at the units we know today.
A proud market leader in prefab construction
Algeco has always held onto the initial concept: modular solutions that meet the client's needs. The past decades, we always sought out new applications and markets to introduce our products. In a continuously changing world, Algeco kept innovating, with the final result being our position as market leaders in prefab construction. Not only within Europe, but outside as well.