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ASCO at the very beginning. Emile Boas’ close collaborators pictured in the small workshop in Brussels

In 1965, the Belgian army invited tenders for the 5th echelon reconditioning of the mechanical parts of its vehicle park. ASCO was chosen to renovate all the mechanicals parts of the military vehicles.

ASCO’s technicians know-how is extensive, as demonstrated by this complete transmission shaft of a VAB-Saviem vehicle, entirely made in-house.

In 1973, the first ASCO HQ on the site in Zaventem.

All alone in the middle of the fields. The inauguration of ASCO 1, the first link in a massive industrial complex.

The ASCO machine park in 1973

ASCO in 1974, in the age of the drawing board…

In 1977, bodies for the M113 and AIFV at the welding plant in Aubange.

In the Seventies, ASCO takes on major programmes. Here, assembly of gear-cases for personnel carriers.

The first conventional machine-tools were soon replaced by the computer-controlled numerical machines.

A belgian delegation visiting Toulouse, when the very first Airbus A310 was ordered. Roger Boas, 3rd from the right.

Other military contracts were still awarded by the Belgian Ministry of Defence in the framework of the acquisition programme of the M113. Here, Roger Boas during an amphibious capacity test.

On April 1986, proceeding towards more diversification, ASCO took over a company specialised in lathe work, more specifically in screw cutting : the Compas Workshops.

One of the first Cincinnati four axle machines. The rule at ASCO is to be always « one step ahead ».

In its turn, the assembly plant relies on robots.

Calculators and 3D computer imaging for maximum precision manufcturing and time-saving.

A honing operation on a landing gear drag stay for a wide-body.