Sacmi, the global plant engineering partner
Once a small business that developed the very first solutions for a nascent ceramic industry and now a multinational operating in 30 countries worldwide with production plants and distribution-service companies, Sacmi has grown to become one of the world’s leading industrial plant engineering companies. With over 95 years of history behind it, Sacmi now heads over 80 companies operating in various business sectors, from machines and complete plants for the ceramic, beverage, packaging, food processing and plastic processing industries to advanced quality control systems.
A heavy investor in research and development ever since its foundation – investment that has continued apace even during the recession - Sacmi has achieved success on international markets by offering real product and process innovation that is always one step ahead of the competition. One such example is the closures sector, a field to which Sacmi has brought all the advantages of innovative compression technology while steadily completing its injection technology range with cutting-edge innovation. Another, more general, example is the beverage supply chain, in which Sacmi has, since 2009, been operating as a single division that combines the individual skills of its component companies to perfection.
With total sales in excess of 1.354 million Euros and a 4,180-strong workforce, Sacmi is especially renowned for its capacity to provide ‘turnkey’ plant engineering solutions designed together with the customer, who can count on close support throughout the working life of the machine or production line thanks to far-reaching after sales assistance that covers all five continents: reassuring customer service, then, from both a technical-production and financial viewpoint.
These distinctive features allow 90% of output to be absorbed by overseas markets, but with key technological-production operations remaining in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna where the parent company was founded. It was here, back in 1919 in the town of Imola that 9 mechanics and blacksmiths founded the Società Anonima Cooperativa Meccanici Imola: by the mid-1930s they were already producing their own-brand machines and in the post-war years the company proved vital to the development of the budding ceramic industry.
The rest is, as they say, history: Sacmi, thanks to an effective ‘multi-business’ approach and ambitious future-oriented industrial decisions, has successfully implemented a policy of mergers and takeovers to ensure ongoing innovation, production synergies, ever-stronger finances and internationalization.
Expertise, investment in human resources, technological and production innovation: these are the defining characteristics of a Group that retains its cooperative vocation, maintaining excellent relations with suppliers, customers, associates and team members while developing solutions of low environmental impact that respond to today’s energy consumption optimisation needs. This, then, is the Sacmi recipe: one that, in the best Italian tradition, has successfully blended tradition and innovation to make the company a true “global plant engineering partner”.THE HISTORY OF SACMI
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