Hovens Cigars factory in Tegelen was founded in 1935, when Hovens started the cigar industry in Tegelen. Before the Second World War there were about fifty factories and factories in Tegelen, well-known names were, among others, Vossen-Breuers (the largest) and Vitola van Feyen.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the big cigar industry names started to use machines. One smaller cigar maker after the other closed his doors. Hovens however did not, the small family business held out. "Why did we keep going? Because we have continued to maintain our quality."
The Charles de Brouckere cigars series have a top sheet of Sumatra Sand Blade of the very best quality (issue 1 or 1a), a Java Besuki omelette and a mild blend of the best in-house varieties of Java Besuki, Vorstenlanden, Braziel Mata Fina and Havana Remedios tobaccos .
In the assortment is a handiwork Petit Robusto called the "Vosje", as a tribute to the former Tegelse cigar factory Vossen Breuers. This robust Petit Robusto is similar in taste to the used tobaccos in the Charles de Brouckere series and is creamy / spicy in taste.