The history of SAFI begins even before the creation of the company. It is deeply linked to the rise of plastic materials and owes everything to a man, Jacques Moison, a visionary entrepreneurial engineer.
Here are the key moments in the history of SAFI :
1954 : The Italian chemist Giulio Natta and the German chemist Karl Ziegle discover polypropylene.
1955 : Jacques Moison invents the first washing machine and laundry spinner that does not need to be fixed to the floor. To reduce the weight of his machine, he introduces new materials and notably creates a small plastic valve.
1963 : Jacques Moison, then director of a company in the packaging industry, resigns to create the Société Anonyme de Fabrications Industrielles. He establishes in the small village of Taulignan (Drôme). His idea: use the properties of the implementation and resistance to corrosion of plastics in the world of valves which at the time was almost exclusively metallic.
60s : SAFI manufactures numerous valves for different applications. Its main market was for the oil tanks used in the domestic heating. The company also develops in the subcontracting of plastic parts for many industries.
70s : SAFI develops valves for manufacturers of agricultural sprayers previously only composed of metal valves.
1974 : Creation of a subsidiary in England.
1979 : Creation of a subsidiary in Germany.
80s : SAFI abandons the injection subcontracting to focus on plastic valves. The company develops in the chemical industry.
1985 : Creation of a subsidiary in Spain.
March 2005 : Takeover of SAFI by Stephane Moison, son of the founder.
August 2005 : Death of Jacques Moison.
2008 : Creation of an office in the USA.
2009 : Creation of a subsidiary in Chile.
2012 : Entrance of the investment fund CAPITEM Partenaires, as a minority shareholder of SAFI, in order to help the company accelerate its development.
2015 : Creation of an internal laboratory for research and testing.