The history of Castiglioni Group

THE COMPANY, THE FAMILY, THE MEN

The history of our companies is rooted in the enterprise and determination of founder Giannino Castiglioni.
The story of the Castiglioni Group is the tale of two generations of the Castiglioni family and all those who have worked with them, dedicating their time and passion to creating a group of expert, dynamic and motivated companies focused on the future, new markets, new challenges and the continuous development of the most important asset of all, their know-how.

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GIANNINO CASTIGLIONI, THE BEGINNINGS OF THE BUSINESS

The history of our companies is rooted in the enterprise and determination of our founder, Giannino Castiglioni. Born in 1928 into a family of merchants from Busto Arsizio, Giannino graduated as a Qualified Electrical Industry Expert from the prestigious Feltrinelli Technical Institute in Milan in 1950, a fitting reward for his hard work. In 1952 he founded the Gianni Castiglioni company and began his entrepreneurial career in the electrical systems and road construction sectors, quickly specialising in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground electrical power distribution systems for Ente Nazionale per l’Energia Elettrica (Enel). He was also among the first in Italy to understand the advantages of prefabrication systems in the construction of MV/LV transformer substations in the national electric power market and began producing reinforced concrete substations starting from the mid 1950s.

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ARCHITECT CARLO, PREFABS AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS

At the start of the 1980s, Gianni’s son Carlo, an architect in his early 20s, joined the company and developed its industrial organisation strategy. Over the following years, he also contributed to the further development of the company’s prefabrication business by diversifying its product range (car garages and multi-storey carparks, changing rooms, sentry-boxes and small technology products). Castiglioni S.r.l. was established in 1984 and, a few years later, the manufacturing facility in Solbiate Olona was opened. It covered over 8,000 m2, more than 3,500 m2 of which under cover. Carlo drove the company’s diversification in market segments that had synergies with its core activities. To this end, in the second half of the 80s Carlo began collaborating with a company specialising in industrial automation and entered the street furniture market to then become one of the first companies in Italy to develop and market automated and self-cleaning prefabricated reinforced concrete toilets. Registered on Italy’s National Register of Builders and Contractors since 1969, the company also began to develop its activities in the area of town planning and public works.

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THE EVOLUTION OF CASTIGLIONI: NEW MARKETS, NEW FACILITY

The continued growth of the company in the sector of plant engineering works and public works convinced Castiglioni to transform Gianni Castiglioni into Impianti Castiglioni S.r.l. in 1992. In 1998, with the aim of bringing together all of the production potential within Castiglioni S.r.l. to increase its stability and reinforce its image, Impianti Castiglioni S.r.l. transferred its production business unit to Castiglioni S.r.l. and, at the same time, Carlo Castiglioni took over the management of the company. 2001 saw the opening of the new company facility in Busto Arsizio. It was furnished with a large, well-equipped office space of more than 1,200 m2 and a warehouse of more than 5,000 m2 (covered) that was able to house the now sizeable company structure as well as meet future expansion requirements.

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CARLO AND MATTEO, A WINNING TEAM

Carlo’s brother Matteo, a business administration graduate in his mid-20s, joined the company in 2002. It soon became apparent that the operational synergy between the two brothers constituted an excellent growth lever. Year on year volumes progressively increased and the number of business initiatives adopted by the company multiplied. At the beginning of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, the Castiglionis began to explore a number of business opportunities in foreign markets, Europe and the UAE. At the same time the “Green” culture exploded in Italy and the Castiglionis were able to exploit the experience they had acquired in the energy and construction sectors to meet the new environmental requirements.

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SHARED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE: GROUP SYNERGIES

Starting in 2009, the Castiglionis decided to focus on the most promising segments of the renewable energy and prefabrication sector as well as energy-efficient and high quality buildings, also including special structural components for major road and rail works. An important strategic plan of growth and acquisitions was launched to increase internal skills and quality standards, reshape and expand the range of products and services available, and increase production and management efficiency. The result was a group of companies characterised by multiple and reciprocal operating synergies. In a little over three years, the Castiglioni companies were able to boast over 100 qualified and specialist employees with more than 30,000 m2 of warehouses and facilities, with an overall turnover exceeding 25 million euro, despite the global financial crisis.

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RECENT YEARS AND THE GROUP’S CURRENT POSITION

Its investments and efforts put forth have rewarded the Group. Despite the severe global financial crisis and thanks to the skill and expertise of their employees, corporate solidity and stability and the significant investments made in previous years, the companies of the Castiglioni Group have acquired important contracts, contributing significantly to the realisation of EXPO 2015 as well as numerous major road and rail infrastructure works in Italy. In 2014, Betoncablo SpA also completed development and launched a complete system for the management and treatment of rainwater and civil waste water, and the management of sewer systems. It enjoyed immediate success with significant job orders arriving from both the major public works market and major retail segments. With this in mind, the intention was – and remains – that of creating a group of solid and qualified companies which operate with full respect for man and the environment, and which pursue the continual improvement of their engineers, technologies and products. Companies able to develop rapidly and meet the new requirements of the market with functional, high-quality solutions. Leading companies.