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The cutting solution

MASSARD & CIE

  • The Company

    Roots and people Alexandre Massard founded the company in 1825 very close to the episcopal castle in...

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  • What Massard & Cie does

    The bar turning solution Long part specialist More than 10 times the diameter Manufacturer of...

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    Demanding perfection Quality is built into the way we work. The company is organised around our...

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The Company

Roots and people

Alexandre Massard founded the company in 1825 very close to the episcopal castle in Monistrol-sur-Loire in the Haute Loire department in south central France. He started out by cutting locks in a little workshop ingeniously lit by acetylene lamps.
With the aid of a knotted rope and leather belt, two labourers used to hoist a heavy beam whose matrix would cut the sheet metal by pressure. This hand press was sealed by a huge stone block embedded in the workshop floor.

Mathieu Massard, a descendant of Alexandre, took over the running of the company towards the end of the century and started a tradition of wrought ironwork. Blessed with a mind every bit as creative as his forefather's, he invented an electricity generator to replace the acetylene lamps and began making 'bar turned' bolts and hexagon socket screws.

In 1914 he manufactured 75mm shells for the military.

In 1945 the small company expanded to become La Société Massard et Cie, headed up by Jean Massard and Paul Bonche, the son-in-law of Mathieu Massard. From that point on, but particularly from 1955, the workshops produced large quantities of 'prisoner' bolts for use in manufacturing tool machines, automobiles, tractors and tubing and gate joints.

In 1979 Suzanne Bonche took over the management of the company. Over the following years the company changed from a private limited company to a public limited company and then a simplified joint stock company.

In the 1990s the company embarked on a new direction by broadening its range of services to include the manufacture of bespoke bar turned parts (with diameters ranging from 2mm to 60mm).
New machines were introduced to the workshops in order to handle large-scale production runs.

In 2003 Xavier Bonche was entrusted with the responsibility of managing the company and carrying on a family tradition that had been going for nearly 185 years.