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New plant in Italy

New plant in Italy

With the new plant in Agrate in northern Italy, Rollon, a specialist for linear motion systems, is further expanding its production capacities and consistently continuing its growth and success course. The company is forecasting a 20 percent increase in sales for 2022.

The new plant in Agrate, northeast of Milan, adds additional production capacity to the two existing manufacturing sites in Arcore and Vimercate. Rollon will produce linear guides, telescopic slides and linear axes for the European market on an area of 5,000 square meters. The machine park is currently being built up. In addition to new acquisitions - including CNC machining centers - there will also be relocations from the two other plants. Among other things, the hardening process equipment from Vimercate and machining equipment from Arcore will be moved to Agrate.

"The space available in Vimercate and Arcore will certainly not go unused," emphasizes Stefano Zecchinato, COO of the Rollon Group and director of the Italian subsidiary. "New machines are also being added at these production sites. In Vimercate, in particular CNC, straightening and grinding machines. In Arcore, on the other hand, we are commissioning new technologies for assembly with machines for machining aluminum profiles." In total, the investments amount to around two million euros.

Projected sales growth of 20 percent

The new plant in northern Italy is part of a comprehensive innovation and investment strategy that Rollon has been successfully pursuing for years. In order to be able to respond optimally to the increased global demand for linear technology and the specific requirements of the markets, the specialist for linear motion systems is continuously investing in new locations, machines and employees. In the past year and a half, for example, the Rollon Group has grown to include a production site in the USA (acquisition of iMS), a good 130 employees and new products such as the Cobot Transfer Unit.

"The market demands excellence and customer proximity. This is the direction in which our decisions are heading in terms of acquisitions, digital transformation, the issue of sustainability, which is as strategic as it is indispensable today, and a modern human resources policy," makes clear Rüdiger Knevels, CEO of the Rollon Group and Managing Director of Rollon GmbH in Germany, and adds, "Rollon is today a company that is spared the negative cycles that periodically afflict certain industrial sectors. Even during major financial crises (such as 2009) and general economic crises (such as the pandemic), we have suffered less than any other player. In 2020, for example, when the linear motion market plummeted by nearly 30 percent, Rollon suffered only a nine percent decline." However, Rollon was already able to exceed its 2019 sales in 2021, and for 2022, developments point to a 20 percent increase in sales.

On track for success thanks to innovation and investment

The secret of success? Courage and the foresight to push ahead with investments and innovations even in times of crisis. Production capacities and the number of employees have been or are being expanded, new markets are being opened up, and customer proximity is being further intensified. Equally important is the focus on globally growing markets such as logistics, medical technology, aerospace and rail vehicles, the company's consistent focus on customer needs with application-specific solutions, and the powerful combination of the industrial capacity of a multinational company and direct, rapid customer contact at local level.

"The aim of our growth strategy is to expand the range of products and services we offer to our customers," adds Roberto Toniolo, Marketing Manager of the Rollon Group, emphasizing: "The key factor is complementarity: by selecting companies that develop technologies that complement our own, we are now able to serve an ever-increasing number of markets while guaranteeing constant technological excellence."

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