VMI History

Our history

VMI is undoubtedly the company can boast, in the world of mixing and blending, about the longest and the richest history. The VMI mixers and blenders are the fruit of decades of inventions and developments many of which remain forever a significant progress made by designers who have marked their eras. VMI men and women of today make every effort to ensure that these wonderful stories are being perpetuated and that tomorrow we shall still be able to escort artisans and industrialists in their quest for mixtures of incomparable quality.

Business Names and Brands:

In blue, baking subsidiary I In red, other subsidiaries

1845
Creation of the MAHOT brand, by Mr. Mahot in Ham, la Somme
1913
Creation of the SUDRY Establishments in Nantes, bought back by HERSAN, custodian of the PHEBUS brand
1920
Creation of the REBUFFÉ Establishments, custodian of the REX brand, which will be acquired afterwards by the BIOLAC enterprise in the Sarthe.
1945
Creation in Montaigu (Vendée) of HERVOUET-PAUVERT establishments, general mechanics enterprise, subcontractor of local contracting parties.
1947
Creation of the RAYNERI Enterprise by Mr. and Mrs. Rayneri
1960
The HERVOUET-PAUVERT Establishments are renamed VENDEE MECANIQUE
1975
Creation of the EURO MACHINES enterprise at Décines (Rhône), which is a fusion of BONNET-CALAD and SEVIN
1978
VENDEE MECANIQUE directs its know-how to the manufacture of baking mixers. At this time it acquires the brands PHEBUS and MAHOT
1985
RAYNERI buys back EURO MACHINES
1985
The enterprise takes the name of VMI (Vendée Mécanique Industrie), gets listed in Stock Exchange
1986
VMI acquires the BIOLAC enterprise
1989
VMI buys back the RAYNERI enterprise, specialist of industrial mixtures
1992
Fusion between VMI and RAYNERI. All the activity of the entreprise is now centralized in the sole site of Montaigu
1994
The SUEZ Group becomes the sole shareholder of VMI
1995
Creation of a subsidiary in Italy ; VBI
1996
VMI buys back EURO MELANGE
1998
The BRETECHE INDUSTRIE group becomes owner of VMI
2007
Settlement of VMI in the U.S.A. through the creation of its subsidiary VMI NORTH-AMERICA INC.

Emblematic Machines:

 

 

1845
First MAHOT mixers
1914
First PHEBUS mixers
1920
First REX mixers
1960
DYNABLOC agitators
1965
TURBOTEST laboratory agitators
1980
TRIMIX 3 motion blender
1980
First VMI spiral mixer
1988
400 L planetary beater for SNSB
1989
Automated mixing system on linear carousel for Délices de la Côte de Lumière (future Harry’s)
1990
VERYMIX continuous mixer
1991
Automated carousel mixing system featuring the largest storage surface ever achieved for Jacquet
1995
Horizontal continuous emulsifier EHL
2001
VERYMIX III Vacuum horizontal mixer
First batch mixer with cooled bowl
2003
TRILAB 3 motion laboratory blender
2004
AQUAMIX, kneader for highly hydrated dough
2006
FIRSTMIX, pre-mixing tool for continuous mixer
Spiral mixers with cooled tilting bowl FROSTMIX
2007
SUPERMIX II adjustable agitator
2007
SAFE, Automated Multilevel Fermentation System