Europe’s linen market leader

The Depestele group is :

of flax production in France



tonnes of flax processed per year


Linen production stages

Sowing seeds between March and April. Flax plants mature after 100 days.

Flax plants are removed in mid-July and laid flat in the fields.

Retting is a crucial step for flax fibers. The straw is then harvested and baled.

The aim of scutching is to separate the various constituents of the flax stalks.

The flax is then prepared to be spun, the fibers will be divided in order to homogenize them.

The combed linen fibers are then blended to form ribbons: rovings.

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A family history

The Depestele group is a family business that has been involved in linen processing since 1850.

Europe’s leading private flax producer, with 3 production sites in Normandy, the Depestele Group is involved in everything from flax cultivation to scutching and combing.

The group collects flax from all over Normandy, as well as from the Île-de-France and Brittany regions, in collaboration with over 900 farmers .

Since 2009, Depestele has structured its R&D department to promote the use of flax products and co-products in composite materials. The group then set up a technical linen production center for the manufacture of reinforcements.
Since 2019, the Depestele Group has been ISO9001 certified for the design, development and production of technical semi-finished products from flax fibers.

Committed to the environmental and energy transition, the Depestele Group has joined BPI’s Coq Vert community.

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