The Massilly Group's history. legacy.
The Massilly Group, set up in 1911, is specialising in the manufacture of all metal packaging (sealing caps, tin food cans, aerosols, decorated cans) as well as associated services such as capping systems, technical and chemical analysis and industry-related training.
The Group has a turnover of more than €210 million, employs over 1,200 people in more than 25 companies exclusively in the metal packaging markets.
The Massilly Group strengthened through the IberEmbal Company specialising in food cans, mainly for vegetables and fish. Then in 2006, the Group took over the tinplate business of Safet Embamet.
The Latinpack Company, specialising in the manufacture of "Euro Twist" caps and based in Lima - Peru-, was later established in 2007.
The Group gradually settled in the United-Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland and Italy. More recently, plants were set up in Canada, Ghana and South Africa.
In France, Massilly developed in fields close to its core business with the acquisition of Franpac, leader in metal packaging for fish; with the establishment of a pole of machinery and tools to meet its own needs as well as those of its customers (Massiservices); and with the integration of international retailers and wholesalers.
The manufacturing of tin cans changed radically. Massilly immediately adopted two new techniques: electrical welding as well as stamping and re-stamping.
Pierre Bindschedler (founder's son) signed an agreement with Anchor-Hocking -an American Group- to manufacture "Twist" type capsules and for the supply of sealing equipement. These "Illico" and "Euro-Twist" brand named capsules where initially produced by tens of millions and their demand increased steadily. Today, the Massilly Groups sells 2.5 billion units.
The Robert Bindschedler Company, as a contract printer and marketer of tinplate, was established. RB SA would later become a modern service centre dedicated to the cutting and printing of tinplate and aluminium. Massilly, already specialized in the production of caps (Eurocap, screw caps...) decided to develop this business in order to meet the growing demand in preserve glass jars.
Robert Bindschedler bought an old mill, located in the Massilly commune (south of Burgundy), that had belonged to the prestigious Abbey of Cluny. In it he installed a battery of turbines and, with the produced electricity, recuperated by electrolysis the tin from the tinplate waste. After the first World War, Massilly began transforming tinplate for household appliance productions.