2012Leonardo Italian Quality Prize Winners
Adler Plastic S.p.A. – Chairman Paolo Scudieri
Managed by Paolo Scudieri, Adler Plastic is the world leader in the production and marketing of thermal and sound insulation components and systems for the car industry. Founded in 1956 by Achille Scudieri, the Company throughout the years has successfully carried out a strategy of growth and expansion in foreign markets, while still paying constant attention to quality and the improvement of materials and products. Today, the Company counts on 58 factories and 5 research centres in 19 countries throughout Europe, America and Asia, relying on a total of 8,100 employees. Amongst its clients the main car producers such as Fiat, Renault, Peugeot, Ford, BMW, Suzuki, GM, Toyota and Daimler. Furthermore, in 2009 the Company bought the majority share of the German multinational HP Pelzer, noticeably increasing its business that reached an overall turnover of above a billion Euro in 2012. Every year the Company invests around 3.5% of its turnover in research and development in order to maintain its leardership in technology and to meet the needs of a fast changing international market, to the best of their ability.
Artemide S.p.A. – Chairman Ernesto Gismondi
Founded in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi, Artemide is one of the world leaders in high quality lighting products, for residential and professional use. The Company has always been known for its search for excellency, a result of constant testing, technological innovation, design and respect for the environment. Nowadays, Artemide can count on a wide range of international channels of distribution with 60 single brand showrooms and shop-in-shops in the most prestigious lighting and interior-design shops. At present, the Company has 5 production units in Italy and abroad, 2 glass works and 2 centres for research and development. It employs 740 employees, and invests 4% of its turnover in research and development each year. Artemide’s objective is not only to light up an area, but rather to render light an important element which is capable of bettering the life of each individual. This is the basis for the philosophy “The Human Light”, which says that man and the search for his well-being and respect for his environment, are at the centre of the Company’s projects and creativity. In 2011, Artemide’s turnover was 130,9 million Euro of which 72% came from exports. The continuous success in the national and international market confirms the strong position and international fame of the brand, synonymous of design, innovation and Made in Italy.
Cremonini Group – Chairman Luigi Cremonini
Based in Castelvetro Modena, Gruppo Cremonini began its life from the entrepreneurial initiative of Luigi Cremonini, its president. In almost 50 years, it has distinguished itself on a national and international level, not only in the meat industry, but also in the distribution and catering sector. The Company’s entrepreneurial venture began in 1963 in the meat sector with the establishment of Inalca Company, contributing to the creation of the modern meat industry. At the end of the 70s, the Company started a successful policy of diversification, by starting up business in the distribution of food to caterers and restaurants. Nowadays, production, distribution and catering are the three major columns of the Company’s structure that relies on 12,500 employees and a turnover of 3,5 billion Euro. In the past 2 years, a forward looking strategy has been carried out to reinforce the Company’s presence abroad. This has lead Gruppo Cremonini to achieve major results in international markets, doubling its productive capacity in Russia and opening new distribution sites in Angola, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Mozambique.
Pomellato S.p.A. – CEO Andrea Morante
The Milanese jewellery Company was founded in 1967 by Pino Rabolini. Today it is the fourth jewellery brand in Europe. Pomellato stands out in its sector because it has introduced the revolutionary concept of ‘prêt-à-porter’ jewellery: jewels that can be worn at any time of day, with style and elegance. Throughout the years, Pomellato has been able to continually innovate its style with new ideas and know-how,working on the texture of gold to the appreciation of coloured stones, to unexpected shapes and sizes. In 1995, Pomellato created Dodo, a brand aimed at a young target with jewels, which for the first time in the history of jewellery, communicates their message. A Further essential characteristic is the versatility of the jewel, in fact every single part can be changed and assembled according to the consumer’s taste. Dodo, which recalls the name of the now extinct animal, is also proof of the Company’s efforts in dealing with environmental problems. And this is also reinforced by its collaboration with WWF ITALY. In 2012, Pomellato made 146 million Euro, 57% of which from abroad, and from 2009 – 2012 it prides itself of a growth of 43%. Pomellato, with its 86 single brand shops – 45 Pomellato shops and 41 Dodo shops – has a remarkable presence in Italy, France, Germany, the USA, the UK, China and Japan. Creativity, research, original style and a solid tradition in hand made jewellery are the Company’s strong points, which over the years has made the brand successful and has accompanied it in its growth in the global market.