The Workshop has an area of 3,200 sq.m. the Offices have an area of 500 sq.m. and the company employs 70 people.
The machinery installation includes:
3 multiskill lathes
11 horizontal CNC machining centres
5 vertical CNC machining centres
5 spark erosion machines
7 EDM wire erosion machines
8 manual finishing stations
7000 dies per year of which 75% are hollow and 25% are flat.
The ability to predict the behaviour of the die and the profile during the extrusion process was a key-turning point in the design and construction of the dies. Thanks to the collaboration with the R&D department of Almax Mori, Alumat and Almax are the first two companies in Europe that developed a simulation system in this industry. Today we are the first in the interpretation of the data gathered from this finite element analysis system.
Sindos, Thessaloniki. Matrex, a new Alumat unit, was founded in the industrial heart of Greece to cover the developed Greek and Balkan market.
New technologies were introduced: new EDM wire erosion machines, horizontal CNC machining centres, increase in the die-diametres, high-speed CNC centres with the aid of a robot for the finishing on hardened dies.
One of the characteristics of this company is the continuous investment in machinery, premises and people.
In this year the workshop area grew even more. The company bought a new production site, still in via Lisbona.
2004 was an important year, Alumat acquired a competitor: Almax Mori.
Almax was living difficult times, but the entrepreneurial spirit and a particular affection for this company, which some years before was for Locatelli like a school of the extrusion world, led the two Alumat partners to acquire the company. Also because of this acquisition, the Alumat-Almax Group is currently the third most important Group in the extrusion die market.
At the beginning of 2000 a major expansion of the Spanish, Greek and Israeli markets occurred. At the same time there was also an internal growth: new people, new premises and new machinery joined the company.
Alumat grew and moved to a new building in via Lisbona 9 in Ciserano. This will be the current headquarters of the Group.
This year, Gian Battista Viola joined Alumat as a partner. Our headquarters were still in via Venezia and Alumat had 12 employees.
The first CNC machining centre was installed. In those days, the total area of the workshop and the offices was 350 square metres.
The first Die was released on the 12th of September 1994 in via Venezia no. 4 in Verdello. That day there were 8 people working in Alumat: two designers, a lathe operator, three milling operators and two finishing operators. All the production was carried out manually, the only machines were one spark erosion and one wire erosion.
Alumat was founded in 1994 by Piermario Locatelli.
Piermario gained experience in the extrusion world at Almax Italia, where he worked as CEO.
In June 1994 he decided to leave the group and start the production of dies independently.