Brief history of Romi

Established in 1930 Indústrias Romi S.A. is the main reference for both, machine tools and plastic moulding machines. Having consolidated our leadership in the Brazilian market, after a very successful IPO, Romi started investing on its international expansion, mainly in Europe and North America.

In July of 2008 Romi acquired Sandretto’s assets including the sales and service subsidiaries of UK, France, Spain and Holland. Over the past six years, Romi, with the help of the existing Sandretto staff, worked hard to keep an efficient and fast service to all customers, the main reason of our existence.

Romi Machines UK

Established in 1975 as Sandretto UK we have sold and serviced over 3000 injection moulding machines in UK and abroad. After Romi’s acquisition of the Sandretto brand, we experienced substantial growth finally becoming Romi Machines UK in 2014.

As part of our expansion strategy, we now sell and service our CNC Machine Tools and Plastic Injection Moulding Machines as well as offer full assistance on service and spare parts to all Sandretto Machines, regardless of age.

Timeline

Américo Emílio Romi founded Indústrias Romi S.A. in 1930 as an automobile repair shop in Santa Bárbara d’Oeste, São Paulo, Brazil.

Milestones:

 

 

1930

Business begins as the "Santa Bàrbara Garage".

 

1934

Begins manufacturing agricultural machinery.

 

1938

Changes company name to "Màquinas AgrÍcolas Romi Ltda".

 

1944

Begins exporting lathes. Argentina becomes first foreign market.

 

1948

Manufactures the TORO, the first tractor made in Brazil.

 

1956

Manufactures the "Romi-Isetta", the first Brazilian car.

 

1957

Romi Foundation established.

 

1966

Installation of the Central Marketing Unit in São Paulo, Brazil, start of direct sales through our branch offices.

 

1972

Becomes a publicly held company listed on the São Paulo Stock Exchange.

 

1973

Manufactures the first numerically controlled (NC) lathe in Brazil.

 

1974

Starts manufacturing Plastic Injection Moulding Machines.

 

1976

New foundry commences operations.

 

1978

Plant Unit 11 opens and starts producing special and heavy-duty machine tools.

 

1979

Plant Unit 15 opens – dedicated plant to Plastic Injection Moulding Machines.

 

1985

Romi Machine Tools, Ltd. incorporated in the USA as a wholly owned subsidiary of Indústrias Romi S.A. to support Romi’s products distribution network in North America.

 

1986

Plant Unit 14 opens and begins producing electronic components and panels.

 

1987

On June 25, machine tool number 100,000 is manufactured: an I 30 model engine lathe.

 

1990

Plant Unit 16 opens as a clean environment to produce Turning and Machining Centres.

 

1994

The Foundry Industrial Unit becomes ISO 9002 certified.

 

1995

The Romicron® High Precision Boring System is introduced.

 

1996

Machine Tools and Plastic Injection Moulding Machines become ISO 9001 certified.

 

1998

Romi Machine Tools, Ltd. begins operating at its modern new facility in Erlanger, KY, USA.

 

2000

The Machine Tools Technological Centre (CT-MF) opens at Plant Unit 11.

 

2001

Romi Europa GmbH, headquartered in Germany, is created as a wholly owned subsidiary of Indústrias Romi S.A. to support Romi’s products distribution network in Europe.

 

2003

All the Company’s products are re-certified ISO 9001 (2000).

 

2004

The Plastics Injection Moulding Machines Technological Centre (CT-IP) opens at Plant Unit 15.

 

2005

All the Company’s facilities in Santa Bárbara d’Oeste are certified ISO 14001 (2004).

Romi celebrates its 75th anniversary on June 29.

 

2006

50th anniversary of the Romi-Isetta.

The Romi Quality System, which covers all the Company’s products, is recertified ISO 9001 (2000).

 

2007 - March

Migration from the Romi's traditional Market to the New Mercado Bovespa.

 

2007 - May

Romi signs the agreement for assets and contracts acquisition, with CNC Services Ltda, company settled in Santa Barbara d'Oeste, SP.

 

2007 - June

On 29th, Fundação Romi completed 50 years of life, acting inside Santa Barbara d'Oeste, with its actions, projects and programs, benefitting a significant portion of the population inside its area.

Industrias Romi begins the works for the project implementation ISO TS 16949:2002, in order to improve the administration of quality system (ISO 9001:2000), complying with specific requirements of the automotive industry.

 

2008

All the Company’s facilities in Santa Bárbara d’Oeste are recertified ISO 14001 (2004).

Acquisition of JAC Indústria Metalúrgica Ltda, a Plastic Blow Moulding Machines manufacturer, based in Americana, São Paulo State.

Romi Italia srl is established in Turin, Italy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Indústrias Romi S.A., created to support the company's activities in Europe.

 

2008 - July

Romi concludes the acquisition of the assets of Sandretto Industrie srl, a traditional manufacturer of Plastic Injection Moulding Machines, with factories located in Grugliasco and Pont Canavese, in the Turin area, Italy.

 

2009 - February

In February, Romi acquires the complete line, including the business and technology, of Plastic Blow Moulding Machines for PET preform from Digmotor Equipamentos Eletromecânicos Digitais Ltda.

 

2009 - April

Romi starts the operations of its Plant Unit 82 - UF 82, the new Foundry, with an initial casting capacity of 10.000 metric tons.

 

2009 - May

Aiming to reinforce its core business on the production of Machine Tools, Plastic Processing Machines, Castings and Machined Castings, Romi transfers the Romicron® operation to Kennametal Inc.

Start of the operations of the new plant for Heavy-Weight Machine-Tools - UF 19, focused on Vertical and Large Horizontal CNC Lathes.

Romi signs agreement with Italian company Lazzati spa in Rescaldina, around Milan, for the manufacture of CNC Large Boring Machines.

 

2009 - November

Romi celebrates admission to BM & FBovespa’s ISE index, a Corporate Sustainability Index composed of stocks from companies that have a high degree of commitment to sustainability practices and corporate governance. The Brazilian sector of machinery and services debuts at ISE by Romi.

 

2010 - January

The Quality Management System of Industries Romi receives recertification in accordance with ISO 9001 version 2008.

 

2010 - May

Romi launches its Heavy Weight Machine Tools line at Mecânica 2010 fair, in São Paulo, designed to meet the infrastructure demand investments.

 

2010 - June

Romi signs agreement with Italian Company PFG spa for the production of High Performance Boring and Milling Machines.

Romi achieves 80 years of activities.

Romi reaches the mark of 150,000 machines produced, a Vertical Machining Centre Romi D 800. This is a milestone for Romi and for the Brazilian machinery industry, and reflects the productive capacity of the company in its 80 years of experience.

 

2010 - October

Romi launches, at K fair in Germany, its Sandretto Electric Plastic Injection Moulding Machine - the Sandretto EL 150.

 

2011 - May

The new P series of Injection Moulding Machines, which combines low cost with high technical features

Romi launches 9 major new products: the Vertical Machining Centre with traveling Column ROMI DCM 3000; the Vertical Machining Centre ROMI D 1000AP Direct Drive; a new version of the ROMI PH 630 Horizontal Machining Centre; the ROMI GL 170G, ROMI GL 350 , ROMI GL 350M and the ROMI G 550M Turning Centres. Romi also released the Centur 40A and the Centur 60, 60A and 60B Heavy Duty CNC Lathes, herein the Romi T-Series of Universal Lathes, an evolution of Tormax Series.

 

2011 - June

Beginning of UK sales of the new EN Series of Plastic Injection Moulding Machines – marketed in Brazil as ROMI EN Series.

Presentation, at the 10th edition of the Brazil Offshore oil trade fair, of the Romi Centur 50 (Big Bore) CNC Lathe, aimed at the of steel pipes turning, used in oil extraction and transport.

 

2011 - August

Romi starts the manufacture of the largest vertical lathe ever built in the southern hemisphere, the new VT 5000 CNC Double-Column Vertical Lathe, suitable for large parts up to 7 m in diameter, 6 m tall and maximum weight of 90 tonnes.

Beginning of the activities of Romi subsidiary Sandretto Mexico, that will operate both Romi and Sandretto brands.

 

2011 - December

Casted the largest part ever produced in Romi’s UF82 Foundry: a column that integrates the VT 5000 CNC Double-Column Vertical Lathe. With a net weight of 44,850 kg, exceeding the weight of the base of the same machine, that weights 36,870 kg.

Announced the acquisition of the German company Burkhardt + Weber Fertigungssysteme GmbH, a leading machine tools manufacturer. The deal expands the product portfolio and expands the global operations and markets of Romi.