Founded in 1880, Bekaert s two core competences are in the areas of advanced metal transformation and advanced materials and coatings. The company s advanced wire products range from wires for use in the manufacture of industrial springs and in the reinforcement of flexible pipes, through steel fibers for concrete reinforcement, profiled wires, textile machine wires, bookbinding wires and weaving wires, to champagne cork wires, silicon-sawing wire and various types of lacquered and coated wires. The advanced materials segment covers applications in fiber technologies, combustion technologies and composites. The advanced coatings segment comprises industrial coatings for various materials, applied by vacuum technologies or thermal spraying. Bekaert also supplies special equipment for the glass industry for applying coatings to large areas of flat glass. Bekaert is headquartered in Belgium and has operations throughout Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania and North America, including a facility in Rogers, Ark.