IT ALL STARTS
It all starts in January 1957, when Josep Mas launches the company, Inyección Termoplásticas Mas.
The company has two machines for transforming plastic into packaging for pharmaceuticals, based in Cardedeu.
NETLON: THE REVOLUTION
On 12 March, the company obtains an operating licence for the Netlon patent and brand. The company takes a new direction.
One of the keys to success was the friendship between Brian Mercer, the inventor of Netlon, and Josep Mas. In January 1960, the first contacts are made prior to establishing the company that operates with the Netlon patent in Spain.
INTERMAS S.A. IS BORN
In August 1964, an agreement is reached to change the company name to Intermas S.A.
From thereon, in the 1960s, the company expands: new products are developed with applications in a range of areas. The production plants and offices expand, and the company produces nets for bags to package oranges: rhombic and squared meshes and box covers. Intermas expands its facilities and its production exponentially.
The company obtains the operating licence for the BERATEX patent production line of raffia fibre for the agricultural sector.
Intermas invents the “R” bag (3-strand bag with raffia fibre fastener) for packaging oranges, which makes a big impact on the market.
The company secures 20.750 m2 of land in the Collsabadell industrial estate in Llinars del Vallès, allowing it to formulate an optimum development and growth strategy. The same year, the company establishes a Quality Assurance department, which upholds the high standards of excellence promoted by Intermas.
The company also develops a design for the BOP net machine, which has several industrial and agricultural uses.
NEW CHALLENGES AND NEW PRODUCTS
The Intermas network grows exponentially.
From 1975, through analysing current and hypothetical market needs, Intermas succeeds in launching new products.
The company produces POCHES (nets) for oyster farming.
In the 1980s, the company manufactures a draining tube.
It is used to attract surface and underground water to ensure that surfaces are always dry and to remove absorbed water.
RASCHEL® woven mesh
In 1981, the company expands its lines of business by investing in production methods to manufacture the RASCHEL® woven mesh, which it stops producing in 2003.
A PREMIUM COMPANY WITHOUT LIMITS
By early 1985, Intermas has become one of the biggest names in the plastic transformation industry, on both a national and international scale. Intermas exports to more than 15 countries, it has a staff of 225 employees and it has a significant commercial network with representatives throughout Spain and in various countries overseas. At the same time, the company continues to expand: it has 16.525 square metres of industrial warehouses and 1.505 square metres of commercial and administrative offices.
The Linpac Plastic Group acquires Intermas S.A., which becomes a subsidiary of the British multinational.
In 1994, the company implements the quality assurance standard, ISO 9002.
In 1996, Mr Fort, Mr Besas, Mr Clavell and Mr Banus conduct Management By Out together with 3I (Risk Capital company) and Internas Nets S.L is born. The company produces its first drainage products.
In 1998, the company obtains the ISO 14001 standard, the first company in Spain to obtain this standard in the plastic transformation industry.
In 2003, the Intermas Mexico Subsidiary closes, and Noplex Artes Gráficas S.L. joins the company.
A MASTERMIND OPERATION
In 2005, a critical operation takes place: the company acquires Nortene Technologies, in Lille (France), which is a company that belonged to the NORTENE S.A. group.
Nortene Technologies was the direct competition of Intermas Nets at this time, as it was the supplier of the Nortene Jardinage net, Celloplast’s competition.
NEW MARKETS, NORTENE. NEW MERGER
In 2008, Intermas establishes Intermas Eastern Europe in Albertirsa (Hungary), which enables the company to be present in eastern European markets.
The same year, the company buys Jardins de Nortene (France), a significant development. Previously, the Nortene S.A group had sold the Nortene® brand, which had been operating since 1961, to Jardins de Nortene.
In 2009, as the company expands it also increases its commitment to environmental sustainability. Accordingly, it recycles oyster meshes and transforms them into new products. The environmentally friendly oyster meshes use 50% recycled material from used oyster meshes and 50% new material.
Intermas Nets merges with and takes over Seilfil Percan and Magrotex. The company enters new markets with Intermas Polska in Eastern Europe and Poland.
Intermas continues to centre its business strategy on creativity, innovation and new technologies.
In 2010, the company launches the Nortene® brand in Spain for Gardening. We also acquire Viscoret (Italy).
Consolidated graphic image.
The company unifies the brand and presents a consolidated graphic image.
In 2013, the company continues implementing SAP, this time in Viscoret. In addition, it is an important year for the company, as it establishes a subsidiary, Intermas Nets USA Inc., in Miami (USA). The company closes Intermas USA, which has ceased to operate since 2004.
A merger takes place between Celloplast and Jardins de Nortene, and the company is organised into two broad divisions: BtoC, BtoB.
The company also establishes the Gardelys®
THE ELAN PROJECT
In early 2013, the company takes a snapshot of the company, allowing us to move forward and secure our vision by converting ideas into initiatives. Our goal is to create a strategy to ensure the group’s business growth and profit in the medium and long term.
To obtain results, the company reorganises the group into two main divisions (BtoB and BtoC). We conduct research into the various lines of business in each subsidiary. The directors of the divisions, in conjunction with the business managers and teams, define the strategy. An in-depth business exploration that has never before been implemented, the combination of teamwork enables us to establish a clear strategy for the group and a three-year business plan, which is ambitious but realistic.
In 2016, Intermas starts a digital transformation project, MAS 3.0, to tackle the challenges presented by the Industrial Revolution 4.0. The Intermas Group defines its digital vision and strategy, based on projects that render it a sustainable, added-value business model for both the company and its strategic partners. More than 50 members of staff take part in five cross-cutting work groups: “Go to Market”, “Operational Efficiency”, “People and Performance”, “IT and Data”, and “The Lab”.
At the same time, the Intermas Group promotes a digital culture and digital skills within the company.
Intermas has always promoted new technologies and new communication methods that are aligned with the 21st century. In 2017, Nortene® has noteworthy presence on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. At the same time, it launches the first gardening ChatBot, via a Messenger application, with the brand mascot and virtual assistant, Norty.
The Good Vision, impact reduction
In 2013, the company conducts a team project to define the Intermas Group’s vision and mission, which includes the ELAN 2016 project. The team identifies strengths that represent the group and its employees, aiming to unite teams and promote a company culture. In 2017, the company launches a Values Campaign.
Aligned with our emphasis on environmental commitment, the company establishes Intermas Nets Recycling S.L.U.
Redesign the brand
Intermas® The production rollers inspire a new symbolism allowing us to play with shapes and to give rhythm and sense to the brand.