History: the foundations of the company
In the late nineteenth century the family Palliser Pons, who had lived and worked for generations on the farm of Atalis, settled in Alaior. As a result of their origins they were known as "Talis", a nickname that has endured to this day.
The father set up a pottery near the cemetery, next to the Camí d'en Kane, an area where there were two other potteries.
At that time, the potteries had a lot of work since the building industry was nourished by ceramics for use on floors and roofs: floor tiles, bricks, roof tiles and so on.
One son, Antonio Palliser Pons, aware of the project for the construction of the new Mahon-Ciutadella road, thought it would be a good investment to build a pottery along this route, passing by Alaior, so bought some land and moved the pottery from the Cami d'en Kane. These new areas, located south of the population, were henceforth known as "Sa can Tauler of Talis". With this achievement Palliser Antonio Pons created the origins of a company that, in step with the times, has been evolving and expanding as circumstances have required.
Palliser Antonio Pons had several children. One of them, Joseph, continued the saga of entrepreneurs that has led to the current trading firm A.Palliser SA.
Known as "Bep Talis," Jose Palliser found that a new material was gaining favour in the construction industry and would reduce the demand of the market for floor tiles. The new material was the cement and it heralded the development of hydraulically pressed tiles or mosaics.
Baldosas hidráulicasThis was during the 20s. 'Talis Bep', despite his youth, had a clear commercial intuition and was gifted with a deep drive. He realized that it was necessary to catch up and, at just 22 years of age, travelled to Palma in Majorca to learn about the operation of the hydraulic press and the production of tiles. So it was that, a few months later, having completed his apprenticeship and acquired a second-hand hydraulic press to be transported back to Alaior, a new chapter in the production of materials began. The market soon expanded and demand for tiles increased, and it became necessary to expand the level of staffing at the factory and its facilities. Not long after, Palliser José Carreras acquired a modern press with greater capacity.
Bit by bit the business grew stronger and it developed a solid reputation, earning the trust of famous trademarks who allowed it to commercialise their products.
In 1978, José Palliser felt that it was time to leave to his sons, Antonio and Juan, the management of the business. With their youth, they could continue to drive and invigorate the company and adapt to market needs.This family business was divided in two. The eldest son, Antonio, would take over the business section and facilities it owned in the commercial port of Mahon and in what would later become the main Industrial estate (poligono).The youngest son, John, would take over the facilities at Alaior.
Since 1978, therefore, the business operated by Anthony Palliser, has been subject to a profound transformation. A.Palliser SA began to develop its land at the industrial estate and move all its commercial activities there, modernized and updating them as was requiring by the upward march of construction in Minorca.
In December 1979, the first display for the home and construction sector, with all types and styles of product at that time available, was inaugurated.