HistoryThe company Tefal S.A. is created in 1956 with Sarcelles, in the Val-d'Oise, by two engineers, Marc Gregoire, engineer with ONERA (National office of Studies and Aeronautical Research) and Louis Hartmann, specialist in antiblocking polymer or Téflon. Marc Gregoire works to improve his fishing canes, inventing telescopic fishing cane in glass fiber, using Teflon so that the cane is returned better. Under the impulse of his wife Colette, Marc Gregoire develops a process allowing to anchor Teflon on a disc Aluminum, by treating it with hydrochloric acid: process PTFE (PolyTetraFluorEthylène). The patent of the first “stove which does not attach” is deposited in 1954 Tefal wants to say of round form.
The beginnings are difficult, no specialized company in the pans is not interested by the process. In 1956, the limited liability company engages its first paid, Helmut Mottl.
Five years afterwards, one of the suppliers of aluminum discs, the Forging mills of Notch, with Annecy (Haute-Savoie), proposes at the young limited liability company Tefal a factory of 3.000 m ² near its site. In 1961, Tefal settles with Rumilly.
In 1968, Tefal is repurchased by the group SEB.
In 1980, Tefal launches its new anti-adhesive coating T-Plus to the international one.
In 1982, Tefal launches its first electric kettle intended for the English market.
In 1990, Tefal invents electric Pierrade.
In 1995, Tefal launches its range Tefal Baby Home.
In 2003, Tefal launches its first compact scraper.
- Rumilly (1961), Haute-Savoie
- Dampierre (1970), the Jura, closing planned for 2007
- Tournus, Saône-et-Loire
- Tefal S.A.
- Group SEB
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