Twenty years of success

Date: 3 June 2008
Source: Biesse Group
20 years since its appearance on the market, Intermac still retains a strong commitment to technological innovation and a distinctive capacity to anticipate market trends and demand that remains second to none.

Intermac Glass & Stone Division was born out of the intuition and entrepreneurial spirit of its founder, Giancarlo Selci who, strengthened by the success of his company Biesse SpA, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of woodwork machinery and systems, decided to try his hand with glass then stone working technologies.

Today, the division develops and sells machines to flat-glass transformation companies and on a more general scale to the furniture, building and automotive industries and is made up of the following trademarks: Intermac, which specialises in multi-functional work centres and glass cutting benches, and Busetti, which produces vertical and horizontal drilling machines as well as double edge grinding lines.

Since the launch of its first line of glass working machines, Intermac has gained a strong position among the industry’s world players, creating an uncontested monopoly on technology for multi-functional work centres, which were previously non-existent on the market.

The introduction of work centre technology in fact signalled the start of a revolution. The results were immediate and extremely positive, arousing interest from designers and developers and providing a foundation for the creation of new markets; indeed the new technologies allow the automation of a number of processes, which had previously only been possible by hand.

Over the course of the 90s, Intermac entered the market of stone working technologies with the launch of its MasterStone work centres. The same period saw an expansion in its range of glass working solutions through the acquisition of companies specialising in products that complemented those of Intermac, such as diamond tools, double edge grinding systems and drilling machines. Besides, in 1999, the company entered the technological glass cutting industry with its Fox (shaped cut) and Stork (straight cut) bench lines.

In order to support adequately its growing number of customers around the world, Intermac began to develop a network of subsidiaries in markets considered to be more strategic for the company, opening Intermac Asia in Singapore in1998.

In recent years, Intermac has firmly consolidated its leading position in the world of glass. At Glasstec 2004 in particular, it presented its new ranges of Master work centres and Genius cutting benches, both equipped with the revolutionary PC-based numerical control system. Once again, Intermac demonstrated its ability to revolutionise the industry by offering its clients a most advanced technology and which makes glass working even simpler thanks to its programming ability using a simple and intuitive operator interface, while at the same time allowing a reduction in technical support costs and maximum compatibility in the transfer of data across company networks.

From that moment on, the company has experienced a long period of growth in the cutting industry, with Genius imposes itself as one of the best performing stand-alone machines on the market.

In 2006, Intermac launched the Twin version of its Master work centres, a machine equipped with a dual-spindle head, a high-tech solution that allows simultaneous processing by two wheels running along the edge of the glass sheet, in order to increase productivity by up to 40%.

Added to this are its numerous installations around the world with special machines and turnkey systems, particularly with cutting and double-edge grinding solutions, which bear witness to the company's capacity to develop ad hoc solutions alongside its customers, in order to meet the latest market demand.

It is thanks to the success that Intermac is now entering its 20th year of business – and with a keen eye on the future. Over the course of these first 20 years, the company has not rested on its initial technological achievements, but has continued to invest heavily in the continuous development of new products. It has maintained its vitality, its love of challenges and extensive awareness of operating in a highly dynamic sector, where the only way of keeping up-to-date with the times is not to take anything for granted.

The company (photo of building)

With more than 250 employees, Intermac carries out most of its production at its Pesaro and Bagnatica (Province of Bergamo) plants, with a surface area of more than 20,000 m2.

Intermac forms part of the Biesse Group, a multinational company with workshops in Italy and India that, on June 22nd 2001, entered the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange.

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