Background

1968. The Feralpi Group is set up by the intuitive founder Carlo Pasini who, together with other partners, decides to build a new steel mill in Lonato (Brescia) to enlarge the original family business in Val Sabbia, an area where metal working is an age-old tradition.

1969. The 500,000 m2 plant is inaugurated, production capacity 25 tonnes of steel per hour. The steel mill is equipped with a 130,000V substation, a cooling water network with a 100 m well and a 150,000-litre 30-metre high hanging tank.

1970. A rolling mill for medium-large rod is added - a technologically-advanced plant with a high degree of automation, often visited by engineers from abroad for this very reason.

1971. A second furnace of the same size as the first one built by Tagliaferri of Milan goes into operation.

1972. The company turns out 74,530 tonnes of medium-large rebar for reinforced concrete. A 2,000 m railway sidetrack is installed.

1973. The new continuous billet casting machine is commissioned. The Feralpi partners join forces with local investors to build a new steel mill in Calvisano, Brescia, equipped with a 50-tonne furnace to produce steel billets for the rolling mill.

1974. Another 30-tonne furnace and a new 3-line continuous billet casting machine are installed at the Lonato plant. Steel production reaches 203,750 tonnes and the rolling mill turns out 188,450 tonnes. An offgas purification system is also installed and a third furnace goes into operation, with its own purification system. A second continuous casting machine is installed to make billets for the internal rolling mill.

1975. A car shredding plant is built in 1975 in order to improve the quality of the scrap on which the efficiency of the whole production cycled depends.

1976-77. A second rolling mill is acquired for the production of small rebar and subsequently bar in coils and wire rod.

1983. Following Carlo Pasini’s sudden death, his wife Camilla, sons Giuseppe, Giovanni and Cesare and the other partners take over the running of the business and develop it further in terms of technology and size.

1988. The company is one of the first in Italy to obtain a patent for the production of rebar using the Tempcore process, which guarantees a superior quality end product.

1990. A scrap press/shearing machine is installed to optimise the scrap iron treatment process. A new entrance with two weighbridges is built and the railway link to all the bays is completed.

1991-97. The unfavourable economic conditions affecting the industry in the nineteen nineties are tackled by Feralpi with major investments in state-of-the-art technology. All the three furnaces are replaced in 1997 by a single high-capacity one and a single five-line continuous casting system. An offgas purification system is installed to reduce emissions. The collapse of the Soviet regime leads to major changes in the European steel market and provides the opportunity for setting up sales and production units in Hungary (Ozd and Budapest), the Czech Republic (Kralupy) and later in the former East Germany (where the company invested in 1992 in renovating a large steel mill of ancient tradition under a new name, Elbe Stahlwerke Feralpi, Riesa).

1999. A 50% stake is acquired in Ductil Steel SA, Romanian manufacturers of wire rod, rebar and derivatives.

2001. Feralpi Sierurgica launches the production of coils and wire rod, and a new recoiling system goes into operation.

2004. Recent developments in operations in five European countries and the increase in the number of member companies call for a new group structure, to provide coordinated control of the various operations. Feralpi Holding S.p.A. comes into being, its tasks being the management and administration of the Group’s human resources, finance and accounting, treasury, general technical management, procurement, sales in Italy and abroad, and data processing. With its new configuration, the Feralpi Group continues its tradition of manufacturing steel for the construction industry, diversifying in the areas of environment, energy, fish-farming and finance. Feralpi Holding S.p.A. controls steel production through Feralpi Siderurgica S.p.A.

2007. The stake in the Romanian company Ductil Steel SA is disposed of.

2009. The Feralpi Group acquires DE.FI.M., Alzate Brianza (CO), which produces electrowelded mesh for constructional and industrial use, temporary fencing for construction sites, fencing and gates for professional, industrial and civilian use, fencing for the farming and food industry, and cages for the poultry farming industry.

2010. Organisational Model approved in accordance with legislative decree no. 231 of 8 June 2001

2011. Feralpi installed a highly innovative smelting furnace at the Lonato steel mill for enhanced operator safety. As part of its policy to invest in ever more environmentally friendly systems, the Lonato-based company completed installation of one of the most extensive photovoltaic arrays in the province of Brescia.