Founded in 1955 in Montà d’Alba in the province of Cuneo by the senator and engineer Luigi Burgo, INSIT started off as a cork processing company. Under the leadership of its founder, new production began – wooden flooring with bonded cork, expanded cork for insulation and, above all, fabric-backed cork gaskets for the automotive industry which were then replaced by cork rubber ones specially designed and developed for use in new generation engines.
In the 1960s, gasket production underwent a significant transformation when it switched from cork gaskets to gaskets made of Suberplast which is a cork and synthetic rubber compound.
Finally, in 1974 I.N.S.I.T. S.p.A. began to manufacture technical items made of rubber which as the years went by became the company’s real strength. In the period from 1974 to 1981, the production of cork thermo-acoustic insulation gradually declined and stopped completely and at the same time, the production of technical items made of moulded rubber increased and since 1981 has exceeded cork rubber gaskets.
The period after 1981 were years of significant growth and technological innovation for INSIT: between 1981 and 1985, INSIT collaborated with FIAT on the design and development of O-rings for valve covers on the FIRE engine.
In 1989, once again in conjunction with FIAT, it designed the first constant velocity joint cover made of thermoplastic elastomer moulded using injection-extrusion/blowing technology and at the beginning of the 1990s, mass production began that would continue later for the customer GKN.
In 1994, it received the “QUALITAS” award from FIAT Auto for the three-year period from 1992 to 1994.
In June 1997, the INSIT Quality System received UNI EN ISO 9002:1994 and AVSQ’94 certification and in October of the same year, it received the FIAT Auto “QUALITAS” award for the second time.
In 2001, new thermoplastic elastomer products moulded using extrusion/blowing technology were developed including hoses and protective bellows and the production of rubber cork items was discontinued. While waiting to formalise the design process through certification, INSIT began to train the head of research, design and development.
At the beginning of 2005, INSIT received the “Award 2004” from its customer, Federal Mogul, for Quality and Level of Service.
Since 2005, INSIT has increased its turnover and investments thanks to new developments in thermoplastic covers and considerable expansion in international markets.
In 2010, innovative research and development began on a suspension shock absorber pad made of thermoplastic material.
Still in 2010, INSIT installed a solar panel system at its plant to produce electricity.
In 2011, it began to manufacture joint covers and rack & pinion bellows made of thermoplastic material at BINSIT LTDA, the new Brazilian plant in São Leopoldo. The aim is to manufacture and supply the South American market locally.
In 2012, it continued to invest in the INSIT structure and purchased a new rubber compounding plant.