THE COMPANY, HISTORY AND VALUES
Gigola & Riccardi S.p.A. is founded in 1986, when the co-founder Antonio Gigola, former entrepreneur in the poultry breeding industry, decides to exploit his handcraft capability to start up a new business, together with his partner Giuseppe Riccardi.
From 1986 till 1990 the focus of the company is the production and installation of agricultural machinery.
In 1995 the company starts producing light traps for breedings and patented an innovative, efficient and easy-to-assemble plastic pad light trap system, which is patented in 1995 and is awarded as the “best invention of the year” from the Atlanta world famous poultry exhibition.
In 1998 the company starts producing cooling pads as a necessary complement for the fans in the poultry segment (70/90 cooling pad) and later on starts producing 50/90 cooling pads which are mainly addressed for providing humidification in other industries, rather than poultry (e.g. industrial, and others). According to the philosophy of the company and its innovative spirit in 2004 a new Cooling & Darkening pad is patented.
This product is still today unique and exclusive all over the world. This special z-pattern pad combines a higher cooling efficiency, compared to the classic pattern cooling pads, together with a darkening property that doesn’t allow light passage and increases performance with a lower pressure loss.
The success of the fans production is motivated by the quality of the products provided: robustness, durability, easy maintenance and performance (airflow and energy efficiency) have always been the key drivers on which the company has been building its reputation for more than 25 years.
In March 2015 the co-founder Antonio Gigola decides to retire from work and new partners (a group of entrepreneurs from Brescia) joined the company. The other former partner Mr. Adino Gritti, chief of pad production and the co-founder Mr. Giuseppe Riccardi chief of fans production are still working within the company. Mr. Pietro Seccamani Mazzoli is appointed as the new CEO.
In January 2016 the company decides to further improve the quality of its cooling pads by introducing a new resin having better features in terms of resistance to the sun exposure and environmental impact. This new formula is adopted on all the cooling pads under production.
In December 2016 a new fan called HP140, with better performances in terms of capacity and efficiency, especially in sheds with high pressures, is launched with an immediate response from the market.
In February 2017 a new cooling pad called 70/60 (angles 45/15) is released. It is an alternative to the existing pads 70/90 (angles 45/45) and indicated to reduce pressure drops.
In March 2017 the company added a new building with an incremental surface of approx. 1500 sq mt. to its headquarter in Cazzago San Martino (BS) – Italy, in order to benefit from the following new facilities:
– A new office;
– An additional warehouse;
– A new laboratory with a new testing bench (compliant with AMCA regulation), for fans, and with a new testing bench for cooling pads;
In June 2017 the new laboratory is launched. The new facility is one of the most modern testing benches for fans worldwide. Our testing bench can provide tests on performance and efficiency for axial or centrifugal fans and on drops of charge of passive objects (such as cooling pads or light traps). With a maximum capacity of 85.000m3/h at a pressure that can be up to 1000PA, our new testing bench is an investment on our future product development.
Gigola & Riccardi S.p.A. is always willing to keep on growing as a company, by investing on research and development of new products, and to provide its clients with the best production standard in response to the modern requirements.