This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the first subsidiary of Italian drive specialist Bonfiglioli Riduttori in the UK. A good reason to celebrate, as Bonfiglioli’s development in the UK over the 40 years has been a true success story.
Today, Bonfiglioli UK’s 2,400 m2 facility is located in Warrington, near Manchester, and is one of 21 commercial branches worldwide. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Bonfiglioli S.P.A., Bonfiglioli UK Limited is responsible for all sales activities of the Mobility & Wind (M&W) and Discrete Manufacturing & Process Industries (D&P) as well as Motion & Robotics (M&R) business units in the UK. Today Bonfiglioli UK is 23 employees strong and generated sales of £34m in the last financial year.
In the UK, all the business areas of the Bonfiglioli Group are represented. The D&P business area is active in many mechanical engineering sectors, among others, and also offers the right solutions for almost all industrial applications. A very extensive product portfolio ranging from precision gearboxes to extremely powerful large planetary gearboxes is the basis for further growth. The M&W business unit supplies many well-known manufacturers of mobile construction machinery, cranes, and agricultural applications. In addition to hydraulic applications, Bonfiglioli accompanies the market in the electrification of these machines, doing pioneering work that demonstrates the company’s innovative strength. In azimuth and pitch drives for wind turbines, Bonfiglioli has a global market share of around 35% and therefore rightly considers itself the market leader. The M&R business unit rounds off the drive portfolio with its high-performance frequency inverters and servo controllers. In the market, Bonfiglioli has built up a reputation as a reliable partner for complete drive systems with its broad product range.
The UK is an economically important market for Bonfiglioli. This is another reason why the 40th anniversary is a very special date for the company.