This year, 2019, the Cavagna Group will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. An important milestone that confirms the Group’s ability to evolve harmoniously with society and the markets.
The company’s evolution
As we had the chance to describe in the previous article, the Cavagna Group has originated from a small company based in Lumezzane, a town in the Valgobbia, to become an international industrial Group.
Everything started with Paolo Cavagna, one of the many talented artisans that around the 1950s were trying to emerge in the continuously expanding industrial center of Lumezzane. He certainly did not lack genius and tenacity, but it was thanks to the support of his wife Rachele and of his children that in 1949 he founded the company “Cavagna Paolo & Figli” (Literally: Cavagna Paolo and Children).
The decisive breakthrough for the future of the Cavagnas was the idea of designing a new kind of guard for cylinder valves: in just a few months, the company expanded and definitively entered the LPG world.
Throughout the years, always under the Cavagna family’s guidance, the company changed its seat and became a Group, increasing and diversifying the internal manufacturing processes and developing strong long-term collaborations at an economic and institutional level.
The Cavagnas started with addressing their production towards three macro areas: LPG valves and tank accessories, LPG regulators, valves and regulators for compressed gases (medical, industrial, and specialty).
Following a series of mergers and acquisitions in the area of gas technologies and systems, the Group expanded its horizons to the technologies for the distribution of natural gas and to the alternative fuel propulsion systems. Then, the Group further widened its offer through the supply of turnkey projects (from engineering to manufacturing) related to technologies and applications at the service of the gas industry.
In order for the Cavagna Group to become a leader in each sector where the gas is energy for life and work, its organizational structure has undergone a progressive enlargement and it is today divided into six principal focus areas (LPG – COMPRESSED GASES – NATURAL GAS – ALTERNATIVE FUELS – GAS METERING SOLUTIONS – OTHER SOLUTIONS). Such areas differ for interest field and targets, but are synergetic as far as the know-how and business possibilities are concerned.
In this process of redefinition of the interest areas, the significant investments made in the field of IoT and Industry 4.0 have allowed the Group to consider Artificial Intelligence and digital technology as an integral part of its manufacturing processes and applications.
Rino Cavagna, Executive VP of Sales, has recently expressed his satisfaction for the work carried out by the Cavagna team on the application of IoT to some of the Cavagna products (such as Click Click , Viproxy Futura, Smart Meter Prodigi 4). Mr. Cavagna also added that, thanks to these investments, the Group can now consider the phase of diversification from the LPG central focus, which started 20 years ago, nearly complete.
Looking back at the Cavagna Group’s 70 years of intense activity and continuous presence in the field of compressed gases regulation and control, we can now proudly state that wherever gas is used, we are there.