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Our history

  • The 1940s and 50s – The origins

    The S.A.E.S. Group (Società Apparecchi Elettrici e Scientifici – Electrical and scientific components company) is created in 1940 in Florence, founded by the Tuscan engineer, Ernesto Gabrielli. Six years later the Della Porta and Canale families revise the company’s organizational asset, and in 1949 Paolo della Porta becomes a partner of the company before taking the full lead in 1952. It’s the start of an era of great innovations supported by the Research & Development lab. The Group opens up to the European market and the first agents are nominated in France, in Germany and in the UK. In 1957, the Group deposits the getter patent for television cathode-ray tubes – black and white first and colour to follow – kicking off production on an industrial scale.

  • The 1960s and 70s – The company’s consolidation and internationalization

    This period marks the consolidation of groups of companies, technological innovations and commercial successes on an international level obtained via the creation of subsidiaries in the UK, in the U.S. and in Japan. Through the progressive launch of new products and the expansion of its production plant, the S.A.E.S. Group continues to grow, implementing new plants and acquiring other companies. In 1978 the Group reaches 300 employees, revising its internal structure and changing its company name from S.A.E.S. to SAES Getters.

  • The 1980s and 90s – Vertical integration and production expansion

    These years see vertical integration as acquiring a major role soon turning into one of the company’s main assets. This strong focus leads to the creation of the company, SAES Metallurgy, Engineering e Gemedis in 1984 in Avezzano, in the province of L’Aquila. In 1986 SAES Getters gets listed on the stock exchange. In 1996 the company’s commitment in the fields of production and research sees the birth of its new headquarters in Lainate. In the second half of the 1990s, as technology burgeons in the television sector, SAES Getters foresees the chance to further develop its market share and widens its production scope to flat panel displays, in particular, to LCD retroillumination (Liquid Crystal Display).

  • In 2000 – The technological diversification strategy

    In 2001, Ernst & Young nominates Paolo della Porta ‘Entrepreneur of the year’, a title that serves to strengthen the image of SAES Getters worldwide. This decade marks a moment of great change for the entire company. New acquisitions give way to new organizational assets, further propelling the company’s policy of innovation and diversification to comprehend an even wider technological portfolio of advanced materials. SAES Getters steps into the field of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA), soon becoming a recognised benchmark in the sector and the first producer of SMA components and materials for industrial use.

  • In 2010 – Exploring the latest technologies

    In 2012 SAES Getters joins forces with the German company Alfmeier to create the equal joint venture in Germany, Actuator Solutions GmbH, to produce components based on SMA technology. In 2014 the joint venture wins the ‘German Innovation Award’ in the category of ‘medium-sized enterprises’. At the same time, the Research & Development lab of the company develops innovative hybrid technologies with getter materials embedded in polymeric matrices, initially focusing on the development of dispensable absorbers for the application of organic electronics, in particular, displays and OLED sources (Organic Light Emitting Diodes).

    Over time, the technological platform of functional polymers developed to manage internal atmospheric dynamics  finds its application in other sealed devices such as pacemakers or new generation x-ray detectors, before starting to be used in active food packaging too.

    In 2016 SAES Getters takes over 70% of the company Metalvuoto with the aim of competing in the active food packaging market. Metalvuoto will be offering innovative and complete packaging solutions based on  the development of high-performance active coating for flexible plastic films, with the focus on biocompatibility and a low environmental impact features.

    In the same year SAES Getters also creates a joint venture with the Rodofil Group, the SAES Rial Vacuum S.r.l., with the objective of further implementing its planning activities as well as the production of vacuum chambers (an essential feature for the production of sincrotrones and particle accelerators).