FOUNDATION OF FONTANA LUIGI SPA
In 1952, Loris and Walter Fontana, two brothers, started a company that manufactured screw and bolts in Veduggio con Colzano, in the heart of Lombardia. From the very beginning, the company started and proved itself as a successful entrepreneurial initiative.
ABROAD, RIGHT AWAY
The Belgian market was the first to welcome the firm’s products, but from the start, the company wasd also interested in other continents. In 1957, in fact, Fontana Luigi Spa established itself in the United States.
The rapid expansion of the industry allows the company to create an extensive building complex to host the workforce coming from different parts of Italy.
THE START OF A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH CATERPILLAR
Fontana develops the production of boron steel screws, acquiring such a strong competitive advantage that even a huge Corporation such as Caterpillar chooses the firm in Veduggio as a main fasteners supplier. Thanks to the new business partnership, Fontana undergoes a process of expansion that leads the firm toward investments in R&D, a strategic move that will prove useful in the set up of the company’s capacity.
GROWING THROUGH ACQUISITION
Bulloneria Briantea, Meridbulloni, Barge, Lobo as well as Invitea, Industria Bulloneria Speciale IBS, and GDF in the following years, are all acquired by Fontana Luigi Srl. Each firm is characterized by a high specialization that allows Fontana to broaden its business influence scope and and strengthen its high quality processes.
IBS BECOMES PART OF THE GROUP
With the acquisition of Industria Bulloneria Speciale IBS, Fontana further develops its specialization in the automotive field. In particular, thanks to its extensive research activities, the company increases its production of its technologically advanced fasteners.
AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
The Gruppo is a reality composed of a number of factories in Italy and by two factories abroad. The mounting specialization in the automotive field is combined with the growth in sales in several other markets, including household appliances, infrastructure, and plastics.
PRODUCING BY THE CLIENTS
From around 2005, Fontana global development undergoes an acceleration. In order to better serve the main clients from the automotive field, the firm modifies its structure to be present where its clients also work.
A NEW HEADQUARTER
The new company headquarter is inaugurated right on the street named after the founders of the company. The complex stands right by the historical enterprise location, which grew and was completely modernized throughout the five years of its activity.
FONTANA PRODUCTION SYSTEM
Given the size of the Gruppo, Fontana develops a system to standardize procedures and processes in each factory.
ACUMENT BECOMES PART OF GRUPPO FONTANA
Fontana Gruppo acquires Acument Global Technologies, a true frontrunner and a leader in the American fasteners market, which includes the USA, Brazil and Mexico. www.acument.com
FONTANA LANDS IN INDIA
The Indian BG Fastening, headquartered in Aurangabad, becomes the Gruppo’s outpost in Asia. In the time span of two years, the Gruppo makes a great leap forward, doubling its production and commercial scopes, as well as the size and the number of partners.
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