Since 1950 the company, run by the Amariglio brothers, has been in the metal trade. Towards the end of the decade, the Piraeus-based company under David Amariglio, changed its name to Prometal SA and traded in merchant iron bars, steel sheets and tinplate.
In 1967 the management of the company passes on to the second generation of owners and the company consolidates its tinplate operations. By the ’70s it focuses exclusively on tinplate and offers the Greek tinplate industry the appropriate raw materials it needs, thus contributing to make it more competitive.
In 1980 the stainless steel unit was founded as an individual company under the name Ioannis Baklis in the Tavros / Piraeus area. The initial focus of the company was the trading of sheets and long stainless steel products thus introducing into the Greek market an innovative for that time product, and contributing to the country’s industrial development.
At the beginning of the 1990s both companies with their sights firmly set on the future, were active in the field of cutting and processing coils. In the tinplate sector they made a significant investment in a CTL (Cut To Length) processing line and expanded their activities in cutting and processing coils and prime materials, thus offering the Greek market increased supply opportunities and improving its competitiveness. During the same period in the stainless steel sector, another important step forward was taken by investing in three processing lines: cutting to length, slitting and grinding of stainless steel coils which increased both the range and the quality of materials available in the local Greek market.
In 1997 a branch for trading and distribution was established in Thessaloniki to meet the needs of Northern Greece more effectively. In 2004 the distribution centre was upgraded and relocated to the industrial zone of Sindos, increasing its capacity for storing and distributing, and therefore offering its clients optimal service whilst covering the needs of all the neighbouring Balkans.
By the beginning of the millennium, the third generation of owners were now at the helm and the two units relocated gradually to west Attica where the head offices moved and their headquarters were established. During the same period a massive investment program was launched to modernize and upgrade the cutting and finishing processes in order to increase production capacity and improve product quality and availability. By investing in state of the art processing lines of renowned manufacturers such as LITTEL, FIMI and IMEAS, the two companies have distinguished themselves in Southeast Europe for the quality of their products as well as for their processing capabilities. At the same time both companies expanded considerably their storage capacity for raw materials and ready-made products.
Between 2005 and 2014 the two companies became the undisputed leaders in the Greek metal market and expanded dynamically their international activities in Southeast Europe and beyond.
2015 was an important milestone for the two companies because they decided to join forces and become one entity under the name PrometalBakli. The new unified company is now stronger and better prepared to face the challenges and opportunities of our times while continually improving its performance and service to its clients.
In 2018, the management of PrometalBakli realized its growth plans for overseas expansion by taking over control and the stock majority of the Spanish COMESA S.A. www.comesa.es
and the Polish TSC Sp, www.tscmetal.pl
Both companies are robust Tinplate Service Centres in their regions and active in neighbouring markets as well. The new corporate group formation is expected to combine technical know-how, reveal potential that will increase group’s overall performance and broaden its international presence.