HISTORY

 

HISTORY A DIVE INTO THE PASTimg_storia
1954 - THE BEGINNING: WHEN IT ALL BEGAN

It was 1954; Italy had recovered from the war, and the economic boom years were beginning. While the first live soccer match was being transmitted on television, the mountain climbers Compagnoni and Lacedelli were the first to reach the summit of K2, and many other small and large significant events took place. One of these events occurred in the form of an idea that took shape in a small shop in the historical centre of Bologna. As a simple dealer in plastic sheets and sections for thermoforming 40-year-old Arrigo Zucchelli realized that plastic would have changed the world. He began using thermoformed plastic to produce all types of items. From small buttons to large windshields for buses, the fruits of his labour soon began to appear in an extremely wide range of fields.

THE 1960s: THE TURNING POINT THE SHOP CLOSED; THE COMPANY WAS BORN

One day, almost by accident, he saw a rudimentary hood hair dryer; this changed everything. He decided to produce his own line of them made of plastic. In a short time the demand for Zucchelli hair dryer hoods and visors grew greatly forcing Arrigo to bring industrial organization to his activities. It soon became necessary to leave the small shop in the historical centre. All the production was moved to the outskirts of Bologna, where the first true Zucchelli workshop was opened.

THE 1970s: THE BOOM FROM HOODS TO TROLLEYS, A DOUBLING OF SUCCESS

In the mid-1970s Arrigo discovered the advantages of injection moulding. Taking the opportunity to greatly increase productivity while at the same time cutting costs, Arrigo embraced the new technology and purchased a number of presses. He immediately understood that besides hair dryer hoods he could produce other items for hairdressing salons. Therefore, he became one of the first in the world to manufacture professional plastic trolleys for hairdressers. This was met with immediate success, causing Arrigo to move again to a larger facility, which was designed and built specifically for the new Zucchelli industrial plan.

THE 1980s AND 1990s: INNOVATION TWENTY YEARS OF INNOVATION DUE TO INJECTION MOLDING

The high level of productivity achieved made it possible to satisfy the continuously growing demand for products. The obvious consequence of this was that the company’s prospects were considerably widened, and it began to cooperate with foreign customers. The growth of the market resulted in the creation of many new products. Arrigo’s unstoppable creative genius led him to develop the linear and minimalist design that is still today the foundation of the Zucchelli style. The right look and the unrivalled quality-to-price ratio of his products further consolidated his position in the market.

1995: CONTINUITY FOLLOWING IN ARRIGO’S FOOTSTEPS, LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE

For the Zucchelli company, which had become the leader in its field, 1995 was very sad, because its founding father, Arrigo Zucchelli, died that year. His son Stefano took the helm at the company, and he was assisted by his well-established team of managers. As they held the same values and passion as his father, they were able to successfully direct the company until 2006, the year in which Stefano decided to dedicate himself to his private life and transferred the company to the Managing Director, Fabio Contri, who had also professionally grown in Zucchelli since he was a young man.

SINCE 2006: ZUCCHELLI TODAY PROGRESS WITH RESPECT FOR TRADITION

Today the company owns a large number of moulds and equipment as well as boundless experience. With this foundation and the teachings of Arrigo, we are focused on fresh and innovative ideas to complete the renovation that is currently underway. Our young and dynamic personnel allow us to take on with optimism the new challenges set by today’s market. Improving ourselves day by day, today as 60 years ago, we are commited to fully satisfy your requirements.