The Balsan subsidiary becomes Groupe Marck’s major industrial division through Balsan’s merger-absorption of VTN.
Groupe Marck dresses and equips the regional security forces through its new subsidiary Sentinel.
Launching of the OMP Solutions group (Peacekeeping Operations), dedicated to equipping UN forces.
Arrival of Balsan
Groupe Marck speeds up its growth by acquiring the Groupe Balsan, thus becoming a major player in the markets of uniforms, technical clothing and associated services.
Groupe Marck completes its know-how with the creation and acquisition of leading companies in their fields, including trimmings, uniforms and marine structures.
Textile serving wearer safety
Creation of VTN Industries, “Vêtements des Temps Nouveaux”, a pioneer in personal protective equipment and technical textiles. Diversification of the Balsan Group’s activities.
First World War
During the First World War, Balsan developed the “light blue” cloth and made the new uniforms of French infantry soldiers.
The company quickly focused its range on the design and marketing of full uniforms for institutions and especially armed forces.
Royale de Châteauroux
Pierre Balsan buys the Royal Cloth Factory of Châteauroux (Manufacture Royale de Draps de Châteauroux) and becomes the traditional supplier of the French army.
A family-owned company
Creation of the family company, Marck, specialising in the manufacture of embroidered items for tailors.