History

History

Pilosio

High standing scaffolding and formworks for nearly 60 years

1961-1980

Pilosio Brothers Company Foundation.

Start of production

1961-1980

Pilosio Brothers Company Foundation.

Start of production

1990 – 1994

  • Heavy formwork Magnum.
  • Iso 9001 certification.
  • European certification standards.
  • Lama scaffolding foundation.
  • Lightweight scaffolding Lama PLA.

1961-1980

Pilosio Brothers Company Foundation.

Start of production

1981-1989

  • Painting by immersion.
  • Profiling with cutting dies.
  • Welding robot.
  • Start of production formwork for slabs with drop head.

1981-1989

  • Painting by immersion.
  • Profiling with cutting dies.
  • Welding robot.
  • Start of production formwork for slabs with drop head.

Based in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli, Pilosio is a long-established manufacturer of scaffolding, formwork, and trench shoring for building and maintenance work in the construction, infrastructure, as well as in the entertainment industry.

Started in 1961 by Roberto and Gianfranco Pilosio in the town of Feletto Umberto, just north of Udine, the company stood out in the Italian industrial market – thanks to its high-quality products and a strong innovative drive – soon becoming a benchmark brand in its sector.

Pilosio was the first Italian company to build and market trench shoring for excavation works in the ‘70s, and was amongst the pioneers of robotic welding and laser cutting machines back in 1981. In 1998 the company certified its own quality management system and was awarded with the UNI EN 9001 ISO certification. Today; the brand Pilosio stands for quality, innovation, and high safety standards.

 

Though the company’s efforts were not primarily focused on international markets, the acquisition of new market shares, and the reputation of its brand have reached beyond Europe and Russia into Canada, USA, South America, North Africa and the Middle East.

 

BS Private Equity joined the shareholding base in 2003, further enhancing the company’s growth potential by investing in new facilities and acquiring other related businesses in order to implement trading synergies.  In 2005 Lama Due Srl (based in Treviso), an Italian leading manufacturer of aluminium scaffolding, movable towers, and industrial roofing for factory maintenance, restructuring and restoration work was acquired.  The following year Pilosio joined Gruppo PM, an industrial group based in Modena boosting over 600 employees and incorporating PM Group SPA (truck-mounted hydraulic cranes) and Oil&Steel SpA (aerial work platforms) – both excelling companies which complement each other in the construction-site equipment sector. The expansion policy resumed one year later, with Pilosio becoming majority shareholder of Electroelsa Srl – a young and dynamic business based in Tuscany – the leader in the manufacturing of self-propelled scaffolds, mobile work platforms, construction elevators, and hoists. In 2010 the merger by absorption of Lama Due was also finalized.

 

The global financial crisis eventually forced the board to a swift policy review, prompting it to devise new business strategies focussing on internationalization, development of the Oil&gas segment, and implementing of direct distribution channels. The new business plan resulted in a rise in turnover, asserting the brand on fresh foreign markets, and encouraging the opening of two subsidiary companies, first in Canada and then in South Africa.

 

In January 2015 the transfer of ownership was completed; with London and Lugano (Switzerland) based private equity investor Columna Capital becoming the majority stakeholder, and the concurrent dissolution of PM Group (PM Group SpA and Oil&Steel SpA were acquired by USA-based Manitex International Inc.), and the divestment of Electroelsa Srl shares.

 

Pilosio is currently pursuing its global-expansion policy with the opening of a new subsidiary in Mexico.  June 2018 saw the launch of its restructuring plan including the founding of Pilosio Group SpA which will take over Pilosio SpA.  Pilosio Group SpA will in September 2018 then become the parent company of all of the international branches. The future will see the opening of a new branch to serve the Middle East market locally.

 

The management is set on boosting international growth by focussing on the strengths and values that Pilosio always stood out for:   passion, excellence in customer care, professionalism, quality and high safety standards, all matched with a think-outside-the-box approach.