History and numbers
A company that has made history in the textile machinery industry
A leader in the sector of technical composite materials, Lamiflex was founded in 1976 thanks to the business initiative of Luigi Castelli and Luigina Bernini, who already owned a textile company. The two owners purchased one of the first flexible rapier looms to increase their company’s productivity, but they were faced with a technical problem: the nylon rapier tapes melted easily if they were used at high speed. They needed to design a new type of tape that was able to withstand the high temperatures. That was how the composite tape was created, a tape with a cotton structure that is combined with phenolic resin. This invention would revolutionize the textile machinery industry.
Lamiflex has more than 100 employees and has a turnover over 20 million euros.
Itema and Lamiflex: a partnership aimed at developing innovative solutions
In order to maximize its market competitiveness, in 2017 Lamiflex entered into an important partnership by transferring the majority of its shares to Itema Group, leading provider of advanced weaving solutions, including best-in class weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services. Itema is an Italian multinational with world-class production facilities based on the latest lean manufacturing principles located in Italy in Colzate and Vilminore di Scalve, in Switzerland in Zuchwil and in China in Shanghai. Outside Italy, Itema has offices in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, China, India, Switzerland and Dubai, as well as a comprehensive network of agents and distributors in more than 70 countries.
Itema and Lamiflex aim to jointly develop and produce highly innovative and high-tech solutions, not only for the textile machinery industry but also for a wider range of industries. The long-term vision, the forward-thinking mission and the innovative approach of Lamiflex, combined with the solidity, strategic mindset and the dedication to innovation of Itema, provide both companies with the opportunity to become more competitive together than they could be on their own. This is a merger that will guarantee enhanced value that is unmatched elsewhere in the market, owing to the optimization of the processes and improvement of product performance.
Lamiflex patents for on going innovation
The next step, the introduction of polyester with epoxy resin, allowed Lamiflex to increase the strength of the tapes and their efficiency significantly, thereby also improving their performance.
The experience acquired and in-depth knowledge of composites culminated in Lamiflex devising other innovative solutions and patenting new products like the “variable stiffness tape” and the “interchangeable tip”. The company became a market leader, both inside Italy and abroad. Then the arrival of carbon and its infinite applications allowed Lamiflex to offer products with exceptional versatility and adaptability that are appreciated by designers and by the entire industrial world.
Strategy and constant evolution: the competitive strength of Lamiflex
Today, in an increasingly dynamic and evolving market, Lamiflex has made the strategic choice of also entering new sectors and designing innovative applications thanks to a team of technicians and engineers who are engaged daily in the search for a solution capable of meeting customers’ specific needs. Together with its know-how, this is where the company’s competitive strength lies: the ability to solve problems in order to find always the right decision.
Human resources: close attention from the start
When it comes to human resources, Lamiflex looks at the person as a whole and the training: materials engineers, aeronautical engineers and chemical engineers have the specific skills required to develop new machinery and new projects.
Right from the beginning, a special bond of respect and team work has bonded the company and its human resources in a relationship of common growth and continuous cross-fertilisation, both professional and personal. This is reflected by the fact that turnover has never exceeded 3%.
Main markets: an international company for 40 years
Currently, 40% of Lamiflex’s customers are in Italy, 35% in Europe and the remaining 25% operate in the rest of the world, mainly in the markets of Asia, America and Turkey. The company’s customers are found in various sectors, including, in addition to textile machinery, the industrial, medical and aeronautical sectors and rollers, particularly for flexo printing. With the aid of the latest technology, such as Solvent Impregnation, Filament Winding, Pultrusion and Pull-winding, Roll-wrapping, Progressive and Multi-chamber Press, Autoclave, RTM and LPMC, the company is able to provide any solution, developing production processes that are complemented by advanced IT systems.
Lamiflex tapes: a reputation acknowledged by the market every day
Lamiflex, with its numerous types of tape, has always succeeded in meeting the highest standards requested by customers, combining a punctual service with continual warehouse availability. Lamiflex is also the ideal partner for the production of gear wheels, a strategic replacement part in the textile machinery industry. The solidity, professionalism and the reputation built over the years enable the company to maintain and consolidate its leadership.