Prima Industrie, leader in the field of high power laser machines for industrial applications, celebrates the thirtieth anniversary since its foundation.
The event is being celebrated on the 8th June 2007 with a dinner in a seventeenth century manor house situated on the hill of Turin at which all the employees have been invited.
Other celebrations have been arranged for its customers, partners and for all those who have shared its passion and innovative spirit contributing towards the great successes in all these years.
“This anniversary”, comments Gianfranco Carbonato, President and CEO, “has a particular symbolic meaning since it coincides with the best ever financial results of the Group history, with a 2006 turnover close to 150 million Euros, which is 33% higher than the previous year”.
Prima Industrie is founded in the spring of 1977 under the name of Prima Progetti. Prima operates in the field of Engineering and Research and right from the beginning develops a vast range of hi-tech products in the diverse sectors: robotics, electronics, measuring machines, industrial automation, etc.
In 1979 Prima Industrie installs the first laser cutting machine for processing large three-dimensional (3D) pressed components and soon takes the world leadership in this market sector.
During the late eighties, Prima Industrie focuses more and more on the laser machines and progressively cedes other activities like the measuring machines to Finmeccanica and the robotics to ABB.
While the 3D products expand with Optimo and Rapido machines, in the early nineties Prima Industrie makes its entry, through the acquisition of the Swiss company Laserwork, into the larger market of two dimensional lasers (2D), sector in which it is today one of the world leaders with machines like the Platino (1996) and Syncrono (2005).
In the mid 90s the Company undertakes a strong and constant growth. Awarded ISO 9001 certification in 1997, Prima Industrie continues its important investment plans in Research and Development to expand the product range: new Optimo and Rapido models are introduced to the market along with new products such as Domino, Mosaico and Maximo.
The first Chinese joint-venture Shenyang Prima is established in 1999 followed by Shanghai Unity Prima in 2003 and the recent OVL Convergent.
At the end of that same year Prima Industrie is successfully listed on the Italian Stock exchange market (currently MTAX, STAR segment).
The listing provides a further thrust to the growth: two acquisitions in the United States (Convergent Energy in 2000 and Laserdyne in 2001, today under the name of Prima North America) allows Prima Industrie to produce its own laser generators, to become leader in the field of laser drilling in the aerospace sector and to increase the presence in North America.
The presence in Asia also grows through the Japanese joint venture SNK Prima.
During the period 2004-2005, the Group consolidates its Sales and Service organization in Europe. Prima Scandinavia AB, Prima Industrie UK and Prima Industrie GmbH join the other branch offices in Spain, France, Switzerland and the Research centre in Bari.
In the last two years Prima Industrie confirms its leadership in the laser machine sector by introducing the award winning Syncrono and Rapido Evoluzione, innovative machines in the world in their respective sectors (2D and 3D).
The international awards won in Birmingham UK and in Hannover Germany are a further confirmation of this attainment.
More details are available at IMTS.