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Petersime history

The origins of Petersime NV date back to the year 1922, when Mr Petersime invented the very first electric incubator in the United States.

The very first incubator designed by Mr Petersime

In the 1920s, the first models of this incubator were produced in the US and exported to Europe. In 1949, an agreement was concluded between the American exporter and Mr Bohez from Olsene, who started producing the incubators under license. 1949 thus saw the establishment of the Belgian company Petersime NV as we know it today.

The original Petersime site in Ohio, USA

The year 1968 marked the end of this license agreement as well as the starting point of Petersime’s own developments in Belgium. Numerous technical innovations lead to a dramatic increase of market recognition. The name “Petersime” was kept and soon became a symbol of leadership in the European markets and in the Middle East. In 1984, the company was taken over by an international investment group, an event followed by strong growth and increasing export, due to exploration of new markets. 

Continuous research investments led to the launch of Petersime's patented Embryo-Response Incubation™ technology in 2000: a system that constantly and interactively adapts the incubation parameters to create the optimum environment for each specific batch of eggs. One decade later, in 2010, the S-line was launched: state-of-the-art single-stage setters and hatchers, with a capacity of 14,112 to 115,200 chicken, turkey or duck eggs. The new product range immediately proved an enormous success in the market.


Whereas in 1949, Petersime relied on the commitment of some 20 employees, the company now employs more than 250 people. Petersime became the world leader in industrial incubators and hatchery equipment. These state-of-the-art automated machines are set up in more than 150 countries all over the world. Petersime has established an international reputation, a leadership position and a dynamic corporate culture. By means of continuous investments and research in order to optimize the hatching process and chick output, the company has been able to guarantee optimum quality and service for over 60 years.