It was about 3:12 p.m. when Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, took a seat under the tensile structure that hosted the laying of the cornerstone of Interpump’s headquarters. An investment, that of the new home of the leading company in the development and production of PTOs, in the sign of sustainability, innovation and the well-being of the company’s resources, first and foremost human resources. With 70 years of history behind it, Interpump Hydraulics wanted to rationalize resources and direct them to research and development. A paradigm, that of R&D, which Interpump intends to decline in the forms and ways of market needs. A driver behind IPH’s establishment in the truck manufacturer scenario and beyond.

The new home of 62,000 square meters of Interpump Hydraulics

Interpump’s up-and-coming headquarters is located in the nearby neighbourhood of Bologna, in the Motor Valley of Emilia Romagna. A total area of 62,000 square meters, of which 24,000 square meters will be covered by the plant, including offices and manufacturing, with large space dedicated to green areas and a significant usable area to ensure future expansions. An investment of about 30 million euros. The new facility will accommodate, starting in 2025, all the staff from the current facilities in Calderara di Reno, where the headquarters is now located, and Bologna. The path that will lead to the construction of Interpump Hydraulics’ main production and commercial headquarters was made possible thanks to the continuous support of Interpump Group, a group to which the company belongs (HERE find news about the R&D of sister company Walvoil). An ever-expanding constellation of firms and companies (Do you remember the acquisition of Danfoss’ White Drive Motors & Steering business unit?).

The President and CEO of Interpump Hydraulics

The investment in the new headquarters was strongly desired and plays an important role in our international growth plan. The construction of this industrial complex will enable not only the expansion of production capacity but also the appropriate accommodation of our staff, with the ambition of creating a pleasant and aggregative working environment. The new facility will also accommodate a further strengthened R&D department, since the introduction of new and innovative products is crucial in maintaining a leading position in our target sector. This is the only way we can continue to grow and consolidate our historical relationships with the best-known industrial vehicle manufacturers and all our customers. All this with the utmost attention to environmental sustainability, in order to protect the future of our community and our planet,” says Enrico Lo Greco, President and CEO of Interpump Hydraulics.

Getting into the details

Compared to the current headquarters in Calderara di Reno and Bologna, the new Interpump Hydraulics headquarters will see a volume’s increase of more than 30%, just to testify to the constant growth the company has been experiencing over the years both in terms of turnover and employees. The production area will be expanded as well as great attention will be paid to the R&D department, through an expansion of the experimental testing facility that will see a 50% increase over the current one.

Interpump Hydraulics

Innovation will also be the focus of attention through an investment program to create a significant number of research and study benches with a power recirculation system aimed at ensuring significant savings in consumption. It was precisely environmental sustainability that was a salient element in the design of the plant. The most modern technologies will be flanked by the photovoltaic system composed of 3,612 modules that will guarantee a total power output of 1,806 kWp, an estimated productivity of 2,300,000 kWh/year and 1,219 t CO2 not emitted per year, with a TEP (ton of oil equivalent) not consumed per year of 197.7. The entire plant will also be thermally insulated 10 times more than the current one so as to ensure the lowest possible energy expenditure, assisted by the presence of underfloor heating. Key to the design of the new spaces was the corporate well-being of the workers: in addition to the presence of significant green areas, all the collective spaces were designed precisely with the aim of promoting the physical, psychological and social well-being of people, primarily the cafeteria area, locker rooms and parking areas. The new headquarters will be ready to accommodate about 300 employees from its opening, with the goal of increasing this number in the coming years with spaces already designed in this direction. The expansion of the production area in the Sala Bolognese plant, compared to the current one in Calderara di Reno, will also allow, together with R&D activities, to be able to respond even more efficiently and effectively to the activities of foreign subsidiaries (around 80), including Europe, Asia, the Americas, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The new plant will be dedicated to the development and production of Power Take Offs, Pumps, Distributors and other Hydraulic Components while the activities related to Hydraulic Cylinders will remain at the current site in Faenza (also in Emilia Romagna region), in which modernization and efficiency improvement works are being carried out with a view to 360° investments in all company segments.

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