Who we are
Belgian family business
Iris was founded in 1946 as a family-owned protective coating company and has grown to become one of the Belgian’s leading facility and industry solutions companies.
Iris offers a wide range of services such as cleaning, greencare, office management, handyman and industrial painting.
We’re big enough to deliver and small enough to care.
The "Iris Enterprises", a company of industrial painting, then a subsidiary of Gazelec, future Electrobel, had at its time, in 1946, been constituted with the objective of carrying out all the painting work on gas pipes, power plants and power lines in Belgium. The company had a workforce of sixty people.
It was in September 1952 that Iris opened a department in the Belgian Congo whose activities were the application of protective paints on the new industrial infrastructures located in Leopoldville.
In the 1950s, next to painting activities, Iris Group developed a new activity: office cleaning the first cleaning contract dates back to 1952: it was the headquarters in Belgium of the multinational Siemens.
In June 1956, Mr. Michel Janssens van der Maelen became a board member.
He would remain in that position for nearly forty years. It is under his leadership that the group's activities flourish.
In the 1980s, Iris also won major contracts, such as the Berendrecht Lock (1986) in the port of Antwerp, the Strépy-Thieux Boat Lift (1988) and the renovation of Antwerp Central Station (1990).
1994, creation date of Iris Cleaning services with about 20 employees and 800 workers
1994: ISO 9002 Certification
1995: Mr. Patrick Janssens van der Maelen succeeds his father
1999: Antico obtains VCA Certification
2001: Co-founder of the European Economic Interest Grouping ‘European Customer Services
2004: Diversification into green care: takeover of Acer which would later become Iris Greencare
2004: The Group obtains the ISO 14001 Certification
2008: Iris Cleaning obtains the biggest cleaning contract in Belgium: 67 buildings of the European Commission
2014: Creation of Iris Handyman
2015: Creation of Iris Facility
2016 : Iris is 70 Years Old
Iris is a company based on strong values, values that define its corporate culture. We are distinguished not only by what we do but also by the way we perform our tasks. Our values are a promise to our employees and customers and are at the heart of everything we do.
Our work is driven by our values
Why choose Iris?
Iris is a growing multicultural enterprise that invests in its people. Our employees are at the heart of our company. Our people are defined by their ability to get things done and deliver on their promises. They communicate transparently and enjoy getting to know your company. They support you in your activities and we support them in theirs.
Because the career of our employees is important to us and you must be able to rely on their expertise and experience, new employees go through an onboarding program in preparation for their new role at Iris.