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Machinery and equipment group Piovan is celebrating 50 years in the supply of auxilliaries for the plastics sector. The group has more than 50,000 customers worldwide.
Piovan cites its “entrepreneurial ideas whose roots may lie far back in time, but which remain deep and active” as one of the key mechanisms for its longevity.
In 1934 Costante Piovan & Figli was founded in Padua as a metalworking shop equipped with machine tools, such as lathes and a few milling machines. The group took its name from its founder, Costante Piovan & Figli. Although Piovan was making moulds for prestigious companies, including Magrini Galileo (a major brand in Italy’s energy sector) he decided to focus the company on expanding into other markets, an approach which he derived from a customer-orientated philosophy.
The company has remained in the family through three generations of management.
In 1964, Piovan launched its first piece of plastics processing equipment to the Italian market — a granulator and a material loader. Piovan has seen many expansions through the years, and now has production facilities in Italy, Germany, Brazil, China and the United States. The firm also has 21 subsidiaries, agents in more than 70 countries and 900 employees, of which 140 are customer assistance engineers.
The portfolio includes equipment for feeding, blending, drying and recycling systems, as well as industrial chillers and temperature controllers. Piovan equipment is integrated with proprietary production monitoring and control software.
The company says it looks to share knowledge with customers, acting not just as a supplier, but “as a partner working alongside customers and sharing their challenges.”