The history of our company has roots far back in time, but deep and vital. It’s 1934 when Costante Piovan & Figli was founded in Padua as a metalworking shop that took its name from its founder. In 1964 Piovan launches its first auxiliary equipment.
Today Piovan is a multinational company with 7 manufacturing sites, 26 subsidiaries and representatives for more than 70 countries.
From product to system, from machine to plant
Piovan produces a complete range of auxiliary equipment for plastic processing. The first refrigeration line, in 1972, and the first central feeding, blending and drying system characterise Piovan’s production in the decade. A joint venture with Star, a Japanese robot manufacturer, gives life to Star Automation, a key brand in industrial automation. In 1974 Piovan Germany opens in Garching, near Munich.
Leader in niche markets
Technological innovation, engineering, specialisation in PET, introduction of electronics, partnerships with key OEM, further growth on foreign markets: these are the main keywords of a decade marked also by the largest drying system installed in Europe and, on a logistics level, inauguration of the new facility in Santa Maria di Sala (near Venice), the Piovan’s current headquarters. In 1986, Piovan France opens in Brion.
A global company
In the production sphere, Piovan increases its market share not only in the PET sector but also in other strategic fields like Automotive, Electronics and Textile, while the international organization expands by opening new branches in Canada, Brazil and Asia. A software company is purchased in order to develop remote plant monitoring and control systems.
Close to the customer, everywhere
A close and direct collaboration with customers is the key factor of Nicola Piovan's strategy. Two factories are started in Brazil and China, and new branches are opened in Mexico, UK, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, India, Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. In 2008, Piovan purchases the US company Universal Dynamics, (Una-Dyn) and in 2010 it acquires the majority stake in Fdm, a German company specialising in extrusion technology. At the end of 2014 Penta, a company operating in the design, production and supply of large systems for the plastics and food sectors, becomes part of the Piovan Group and in 2015 Aquatech, a new Piovan company, starts operations in the cooling sector. New branches opened its doors: in 2015 Piovan Maghreb in Algeria and in 2016, Piovan Japan in Kobe and Piovan Gulf in Dubai, UAE.