Viscofan was founded in 1975, the year in which the production and commercialisation of its products began. The company's solid growth led it to taking the next natural step into starting its share trading in the Madrid Stock Exchange General Index in December 1986.
As part of its growth strategy, in 1988 Viscofan acquired the food group IAN , which enabled it to gain momentum in the industry on a national level.
Following this, the company designed an international expansion strategy which began with the acquisition of the German company Naturin GmbH&Co in 1990 and with the opening of new commercial offices in other countries.
In 1995 it acquired Gamex in the Czech Republic and Trificiel in Sao Paulo . Its expansion continued, and in 2005 it acquired Koteksprodukt AD in Serbia and the assets of AB Tripasin of Sweden. A year later, in 2006, Viscofan strengthened its presence in the American market with the purchase of the American assets of Teepak .
In 2008 the company executed the expansion of its co-generation plant in Spain. In the same year, Viscofan Bioengineering was constituted as a business unit that combines biosciences and engineering to supply collagen-based products which can be applied to repair damaged tissues in patients. The Viscofan Group's Bioengineering unit is located in Weinheim , a benchmark centre for the company's collagen casings, where it has an additional cleanroom to produce collagen products for medical use.
In 2009 a new milestone was reached within the company's international expansion strategy, with the creation of Viscofan Technology Co. Ltd. in China. Viscofan already distributed its products in the Asian country prior to this but it did not have its own production centre. A year later, in 2010, the first converting plant in the country was inaugurated.
Particularly outstanding in 2012 was the creation of Viscofan Uruguay S.A., converting collagen for the first time in Latin America.
In 2013, in its drive into the Asian market, the collagen extrusion plant was opened in China. A year later, in 2014, the Company opened the extrusion plant in Uruguay.
In 2015, coinciding with the celebration of its 40th anniversary, Viscofan sold the IAN Group to focus all of its efforts on the casing business, with the acquisition of Nanopack Technology & Packaging in order to give a new boost to the plastics business line. Also in 2015, the company inaugurated its new plastics plant in Mexico.
In 2016 Viscofan strengthened its positioning and improved its product offer with the acquisition of Vector USA and Vector Europe.
Mr. José Ignacio Recalde Irurzun (Chief Technology & Diversification Officer)
Mr. Andrés Díaz Echevarría (Chief Operations Officer)
Mr. Armando Ares Mateos (Chief Investor Relations & Corp. Communication Officer)
Mr. José Antonio Cortajarena Manchado (Chief Legal Officer & Sec.)
Mr. Juan José Rota Arrieta (Chief HR Officer)
Mr. Ricardo Royo Ruiz (Chief Europe Bus. Officer)
Mr. Gabriel Larrea Lalaguna (Chief Commercial Officer)
Recognition and Awards
Mr. Jose Domingo de Ampuero y Osma (Exec. Chairman)
Ms. María Del Carmen Peña Ruiz (Chief Financial Officer)
Mr. Jose Antonio Canales Garcia (CEO, Gen. MD & Exec. Director)