This is history: the notary of Schio who, in 1971, registered the birth of the company Ind.i.a., in the corporate name specified: Industria Italiana Anfibi, where “Anfibi” stands for “Amphibious landing crafts”.
Architect Bruno Gonzato has just come back from the USA with the ambition of manufacturing a six “driving wheels” all-terrain vehicle. To do this, the entrepreneur self-finances producing and selling wrought iron scrolls, a very common article produced in Vicenza’s area. In a very short time he realizes that this activity is much more fascinating than he had imagined and starts to invest in this market, following his entrepreneurial instinct, stimulated also by the art and the passion that wrought iron transmits. So, after a rapid conversion, the company grows in experience and dimensions till it becomes an international group that produces and distributes forged products, semi finished and finished, in wrought iron, brass, bronze and stainless-steel all over the world.
Such an expansion does not effect on the love for the tradition that characterizes this ancient art. And this is why Architect Gonzato considers himself more a big artisan rather than an industrialist.
This doesn’t prevent him from leading the company characterising the activity with innovations and research on the design. And his wife Stefania, also her an Architect and a Designer, cooperates with him together with their daughter Francesca, their sons Matteo, Davide and Dario and their son-in-law Andrea. This will to grow the second generation in the managerial roles in the company shows the farsightedness of setting solid bases for a future that can grant the continuity of the company philosophy.
The main stages
- 1971: The company Ind.i.a. is grounded at the foot of the Alps in the province of Vicenza . Italy
- 1989: The first abroad company is established in Madrid – Spain.
- 1992: The first American branch is established in Houston – Texas.
- 1996: The second Italian location is established in Avellino and the French one is established in Béziers. Ind.i.a. reinforces its company structure by going public.
- 1998: The majority of the share capital of Arteferrum Croso, a German competitor in the market since 1711, is acquired.
- 1999: To covers the eastern coast of the United States and the Caribbean market, the second American location is established in Miami – Florida. Ind.i.a. obtains the ISO 9001 Quality Certification, issued by the TÜV institution.
- 2000: Branches in Norrköping – Sweden and in São Marcos – Brazil are established.
- 2001: The growing experience with stainless steel leads to the creation of a dedicated division.
- 2002: The growth of eastern European markets conducts to the opening of the Russian location in Moscow and to the acquisition of Dohomont Arteferro d.o.o in Croatia.
- 2003: Ind.i.a. confirms its organizational abilities obtaining the Quality Certification ISO 9001:2000.
- 2004: The headquarters area in Vicenza is extended to over 60.000 m2.
- 2005: A branch is established in Kiev – Ukraine. As a confirmation of its commitment to environmental protection, Ind.i.a obtains the ISO 14001 certification.
- 2006: A company is established in Argentina, Buenos Aires, and another one is established in Mexico, near Monterrey.
- 2007: Stainless-steel production and storage lines are extended, the Croatian branch is enhanced and the first representative office for the Far East is created in northern China.
- 2008: Three new branches are set up: Warszawa – Poland, Lagos – Nigeria and Santiago de Chile. A 6000 m2 new entirely automatic warehouse is set up at the Headquarters and the Russian warehouse is extended to 2000 m2.
- 2009: The new division focused on contracting and turnkey services is set up.
- 2011: The Swedish branch focused on stainless-steel starts its activity in Goteborg.
The production and the lamination of the steel start with Nuova Cogeme srl.
- 2013: The historical German company Triebenbacher is acquired.
- 2014: The contract division has been given the task to make the new fences of the Coliseum.