The company, Sàbat-Lligats Metàl•lics, was born out of the desire of Manuel Sàbat and his children to meet market needs. In 1996, after more than 100 years devoted to manufacturing machinery for the cava industry, the Sàbat family demonstrated, once again, its ability to adapt, by embarking on a specialisation process that was to redefine our corporate purpose.
At Sàbat, we initially focussed on machinery for the wine industry and this was the objective until the middle of the 1950s. At that time, we opened up a new market so as to devote ourselves to sparkling wines which have been fermented in tanks. Twenty years later, in the 1970s, we once again took the risk of undergoing a further reorganisation process and focussed upon the production of machinery for bottle fermentation. In the 1990s, we committed to specialisation and started to produce muselets. This led us to printing bottle caps and bottle caps have once again driven us towards specialisation.
In the last 15 years, at Sàbat we have produced over 20,000 sparkling wine bottle cap designs. Our ability to adapt to demand has enabled us to open up new foreign markets.
The passion and perseverance that Manuel Sàbat Montserrat always showed at the head of the company have become the pillars of Sàbat and a focus for innovation and talent. The demonstrated specialisation of our mechanical and electrical workshops is well demonstrated and complemented by substantial inputs of creativity from the engineering department, which continually adapts to customer needs.
This, along with the rigorous quality control applied to Sàbat products, has led us to make significant investments over the years and the desire to improve drives us to establish ourselves every day as a genuine sector leader.
Present and future
The brothers Manuel and Jordi Sàbat are currently responsible for managing the company that the partnership created with their father.
They are both mechanical engineers and specialise in different areas within the company’s sphere of activity.
Their passion for technology means that the company is in a constant state of technological renewal, with the ultimate aim of being able to offer its customers the most cutting-edge, high quality products.
This enables us to face the future confident that we are able to meet our customers’ needs.
During our extensive history, there are milestones which have marked after the major turning points. Below are just some of the most significant milestones of our business.
1905. First documented delivery note.
1935. First automatic valve designed for champagne gasification.
1951. Pipe coupling with O-ring, Sàbat patent “Utility model N 27135”.
1957. Wheel for dipping bottles, manufactured at Cal Sàbat.
1963. Bottle drying tunnel.
1964. Manuel Sàbat Montserrat’s beveled cap patent “Industrial model n 45.445 A-B and C”.
1967. First monoblock machine for covering and fitting muselets, designed and built at Sàbat.
1971. First machine for manufacturing muselets using a single wire.
1977. First Hewlett-Packard 21 MX computer.
1977. First milling machine at Cal Sàbat with five-axis numerical control, Seimuz U5 Ejes.
1987. Production of cams with numerical control.
1987. First automatic bottle neck freezer.
1992. First machine for metalworking bottle caps which positioned all of the printed logos. This is the machine that enables letters to be printed on the rim of the bottle cap.
1996. First loose belt muselet machine, designed and built at Cal Sàbat.
1998. Machine for small batch tampography printing.
2006. Tampo-Til printing machine (high-speed tampography machine)
2012. iPlack printing (Your cap, your design, your social network)
At Sàbat we have a team of mechanical, electrical and computer engineers exclusively devoted to innovation and to improving the machinery and production processes.
The first computers arrived at our company in 1977. By 1994, we were working with mechanical 2D drafting (with the first HP to feature this software in Spain) and three years later we incorporated 3D as a work method. This software enabled us to introduce integrated work so as to avoid the deformation of our products during or after the production processes.
All of the machinery that is used in the production processes has been designed and assembled at our Sant Sadurní d’Anoia site.
Our obsession with obtaining maximum product quality has always led us to seek out the most accurate production processes, accompanied by rigorous quality controls. Our entire output is checked meticulously before being delivered to the customer. This, along with maximum exigency in each of the company’s departments, allows us to feel proud of the end product.