The town of Thiers has been famous for its knives and blades and its cutlery industry since the 14th century. These strong regional roots led to the development of the metallurgy sector and specialist forging companies. Continuing this long tradition in the area, FORGINAL medical was established in Thiers. It is the result of the merger of several forging companies.
FORGINAL medical was founded by Gérard Terme.
He is an engineer specialising in mechanical engineering and CNC. He started his forging career in the process planning department. He rose rapidly through the ranks, taking responsibility for quotations, purchasing and then maintenance in a forge with a 300-strong workforce. He then became managing director of another forge located near Thiers. It was here that he decided he wanted to set up his own company, positioning it in innovative, specialist sectors. All the technical expertise and experience he had acquired enabled him to rapidly pinpoint market requirements and position his company accordingly.
His son, Sylvain Terme was of course “immersed” in forging right from his childhood, following in his father’s and indeed his grandfather’s footsteps, who was already a forge operator in his time. The family’s history has always been associated with forging. Following 12 years’ experience outside the company, in the commercial and technical fields, he joined his father’s management team. His father handed over the reins to him over a period of 6 years, with the help of the board, gradually passing on know-how and responsibilities.
FORGINAL medical taken over by Sylvain Terme, the son of Gérard Terme
EN ISO 13485 certification
Consolidation of FORGINAL medical
Concentration on the production of custom-made parts
Acquisition of ROUX & LALLEMENT by Gérard Terme
Aquisition of FORGINAL by Gérard Terme
- Manufacture of titanium components for the aeronautical industry
Start-up of the medical business under the brand Geoffroy Médical
- Stainless steel and titanium Muller hip prostheses
- Custom-made prostheses
- Development of the Stent product : Finished product, CE certification, sterilised, blister-packed
- Nail plate: (hip prosthesis component which is placed on the remaining bone, enabling the femoral head to be retained)