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Besenzoni - 50 years of nautical history

The Bergamo-based company, founded in 1967, that has always led the nautical industry with a range of over 170 products and 60 patents - Seven production sites and 187 sales offices - A direct service network with 164 workshops around the world

27 June 2017

For Besenzoni 2017 is an important anniversary. 50 years have passed since Giovanni Besenzoni founded the company, a worldwide reference for nautical accessories, in Sarnico, on the banks of Lake Iseo. What has not passed are the people who have made the company's history, that specialised craftsmanship which has always distinguished Besenzoni’s collaborators.

The heart of that which, from a small business, has become a consolidated industrial concern - with 7 production sites operating in the province, all equipped with cutting edge technologies – and which has always remained the same: man and his craftsmanship.

The manufacturing flexibility that the company has preserved throughout the years means that today, alongside its standard production, Besenzoni is able to offer a wide range of tailored products, created following the indications of architects and designers, aiming to resolve even the most complex requests of evermore demanding clients.

Besenzoni designs and builds products for commercial and leisure boats, characterised by a simple, functional and highly recognisable design, based on strict structural studies, scrupulous testing of every single component to ensure high reliability and non-stop service.

Today Besenzoni has 187 sales offices in 50 countries and a direct service network of 164 workshops around the world, coordinated by the head office. The production is divided into 7 collections – gangways, tender launch and towing systems (cranes, bridge cranes, hydraulic platforms, sliders), helm seats and chair supports, bathing ladders, table bases, custom projects and carbon line – with 60 patents and many prizes and awards from the international market over the years.

Besenzoni is part of that close circle of names who bring great innovation to the nautical sector. In 1973, the company from Sarnico was the first to introduce the stern platform with ladder, and ten years later invented hydraulic gangways with remote control, an authentic revolution for the market. Alongside these products, there are many more besides: tender cranes, helm seats, electric side doors and patio doors, hydraulic bathing ladders and side ladders, hard tops and boat awnings, tender sliders, electric windows, to name but a few. Over 170 product lines bear the company trade mark that can be found on boats all over the world today.

The constant focus on the management of production processes and technologies used has made the brand a guarantee of product quality, fully recognised by the Italian Naval Register. The first company in this sector, in 1993 Besenzoni obtained certification of its production process (UNI EN ISO 9000:2001) and, in 2003, certification of its whole quality management system (UNI EN ISO 9001:2000).

Today at the company’s helm stands Giovanni's son Giorgio, the CEO who now represents continuity and the future of Besenzoni.

“50 years are an exceptional achievement we are very proud of, and we must thank first and foremost our staff for having come this far. The strength of our company lies in the ability of our staff to solve the increasingly complex problems we find ourselves facing. Alongside the introduction of automated production processes over the years, which are a must in today’s manufacturing world, without the very high skill of our craftsmen Besenzoni would be nothing. In the past 50 years we have stood up to - and continue to face today - increasingly skilled competitors, our product range has increased greatly, and for this reason to keep in step our skills must meet the new demands, through constant staff training and qualification”. Giorgio Besenzoni.

Key dates

1967 – Giovanni Besenzoni founds the small craft business specialised in the production of nautical components.
1973 – The Besenzoni stern platform with ladder is born – an authentic technological revolution of its time.
1985 – The innovative hydraulic gangway with remote control is born
1993 – The sliding side door becomes “Innovative Product 1992-1993" recognised by the Leonardo Da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan.
2002 – The super compact crane Magic wins the DAME AWARD –METS AMSTERDAM
2005 – Three new divisions are born: Besenzoni Super Yacht Division, Besenzoni Titanium Division, Besenzoni customer Service Division
2008 – Giovanni Besenzoni receives the prestigious UCINA “Pioniere della Nautica” (Navigation Pioneer) prize.
2009 – The UK shipyard Sunseeker names the Italian company “Best Supplier of 2009” for technological innovation, delivery, quality and after-sales service.
2010 – Cooperation starts with the Faculty of Engineering at UNIBG for the study and design of new products
2015 – the company enters the world of e-commerce with its new website.
2016 – MISS gangway wins a prize in Genoa.
2017 – For the 50th anniversary a renewed corporate image (logo/catalogue/ etc.) and membership of the WHP programme Workplace Health Promotion).

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