Founded in 1833, Tournaire came into being along with the first perfume flower distilleries in Grasse. Originally a coppersmith, manufacturer of stills and cans for flower oils in copper, Tournaire continually acquired new expertise to meet the specific needs of the developing perfume industry.
Today Tournaire’s acknowledged expertise in leading-edge techniques (extraction, subcritical distillation, filtration, etc.) and high-quality technical packaging is available to industry throughout the world. With the fullest range of aluminum and co-extruded plastic packaging in the market, Tournaire covers fields as varied as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, fragrances, the food processing industry and specialty chemicals, with the highest levels of quality, service and safety.
From its beginnings until today, Tournaire has undergone several major transformations to enable it to remain fully responsive to client expectation and the needs of ever more numerous specialized markets: while Tournaire began life as a craft industry, mechanization as from 1950 boosted it to new levels of productivity and quality: then the phase of industrialization – from 1960 onwards – took over before giving way to automation in 1980. In 2011 the Tournaire Group moved into the era of robotization with a first line equipped with three robots.
The birth of the corporation of distillers of perfume plants led to the development of that of coppersmiths, who extended their know-how to the manufacture of stills and then flower-oil cans. Joseph Tournaire established his craft activity in a modest 40 sq. m. workshop in Grasse, in the Alpes-Maritimes region of France.
Gustave Tournaire, a graduate of the Arts & Métiers engineering school, moved the business to 600 sq. m. premises in another part of Grasse where he manufactured stills and a range of flower-oil cans (packaging) in tinned copper for the perfumeries in Grasse, French liqueur producers and the European fragrance industry.
Marcel Tournaire developed the company’s expertise by integrating the production of one-piece aluminum cans.
Jean Tournaire extended the company’s activity to the pharmaceutical and agrochemical sectors.
The two divisions, Equipment and Packaging, were set up to specialize the use of resources in each of these lines of business.
In 1960, to meet increasing demand for packaging in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical markets, Marcel Tournaire invested in a site in Plan-de-Grasse and decided to build a new plant.
In 1961, the first floating-filter extractor was designed by Gilbert Tournaire and installed in the TOMBAREL perfumery in Grasse.
René Tournaire industrialized production of aluminum packaging with the introduction of the first extruding presses and the first necking machines.
Systematic search for export markets at the initiative of Jean Tournaire:
First System Plus tamper-proof seal designed by Jean Tournaire.
For better control of the performance of the seals of its aluminum bottles, Tournaire set up a plastic injection workshop. In the same year, the first continuous rectification unit for solvent treatment was installed for IBM.
First supercritical CO2 extraction unit. First Agitated Filtering Bottom Extractor, a technology that was to revolutionize the sector thanks to its unmatched capacities and level of performance in sustainable operation, with a significant reduction of the ecological footprint.
Attentive to the needs of its clients, the company broadened its know-how in coextrusion and started production of multilayer plastic containers, alongside its aluminum ranges.
Automatic stripping and oxidation of packaging for bulk pharmaceuticals to increase production capacity and significantly improve quality levels.
First dryer for pharmaceuticals delivered to SOCHINAZ.
Thanks to several acquisitions, the size of the Grasse site was increased by 50% and new buildings were erected to enable the continuing development of the Packaging business. In the same year the first condenser column was delivered to ROUSSEL-UCLAF.
Patent application for the first compact condensation, decantation and storage column designed for the pharmaceutical sector.
Luc Tournaire took over management of the company and created the TMM subsidiary in partnership with MILLET MARIUS in the Jura region so as to offer better service to agrochemical clients.
ISO 9001 certification (version 2000) for the Packaging Division
Takeover of the American distributor O’Berk International based in New Jersey (USA), renamed ELEMENTAL CONTAINER; ISO 14001 certification for the Plan de Grasse site.
Creation of TOURNAIRE PLASTIC SAS in Chalon-sur-Saône, on part of the former Kodak site, so as to benefit from better geographical positioning with respect to clients.
ISO 9001 certification (version 2000) for the Equipment Division.
MASE – UIC (Union of Chemical Industries) approval according to DT78 specifications for the Equipment Division.
The Equipment Division celebrated the 80th unit commissioned for the extraction of natural vegetable extracts; ISO 9001 certification (version 2008) for TOURNAIRE PLASTIC in Chalon-sur-Saône.
Creation of the Tournaire Company Academy with the aims of handing down know-how, encouraging career development, facilitating access to professional qualifications and maintain employment levels; global ISO 9001 (version 2008) and ISO 14001 (version 2004) certification for Tournaire SA (Packaging Division and Equipment Division) and TOURNAIRE PLASTIC SAS
First pilot subcritical water extractor. Patent application FR.12/52099 – 2.987.756 lodged on 08/03/2012
Robotization of the first production line for technical packaging.
Creation and implementation of a subsidiary in Bien Hoa City, Vietnam.