Hermasa is one of the foundations that supported the county of Vigo during the first half of the twentieth century as the world capital of the fish canning industry. Hundreds of thousands of people then worked in the production of the fist cans, mainly of sardines. This was an environment of economic euphoria and of the first technological rudiments with which the brothers Cándido and Ramón Rodríguez commenced their operations and who found Vigo to be the ideal location for stimulating their inventiveness.
The founders began an almost craftsman fashion, beginning right from zero, visiting all the canning plants and making note of all deficiencies the then very primitive production processes were suffering. The current company was founded in 1972 and it commenced putting into practice its own ideas and designs for increasing production in the canning industry of Galicia, which then began to diversify and sell its products over the five continents. It should be pointed out that the first, small family business in Vigo, surrounded by canning plants, shipyards and a huge fishing market, came into being when the first lines of automation and manufacturing technological principles were emerging and which, nowadays, are employed by the inventors of canning equipment for the entire world. It was and still is the technological reference, which is why the Hermasa trademark is found in over fifty countries.
In just over forty years, this Galician trademark has built up a new industrial sector, one of specialised machinery for canned fish, which has accompanied the manufacturers in their expansion throughout the world. When the canning merchants saw a new market niche, Hermasa moved forward and designed equipment for processing and industrial production. The company has registered more than seventy trademarks and patents since it was founded.
In 2006, Hermasa invested 2.5 million Euros in its new headquarters in the Vigo Technological Park. These 5,500 square metres of installations are where the R+D+i Department trademark is maintained as a priority, with a large laboratory permanently connected to the production plant for client equipment.