Founded in 1956 by Italian businessman Felice Gennasio, Alfagomma S.p.A has gone from strength to strength over the last 60 years to establish itself as the world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of flexible rubber hoses. Alfagomma’s technological know-how coupled with its entrepreneurial flair have enabled the group to expand its assembly plants and subsidiaries to 85 in 21 countries on 5 continents.
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This remarkable growth has been driven by technological research and innovation, a philosophy that has spawned a host of new products.
A crucial turning point for the group came at the end of the 1960’s when, Felice Gennasio decided to invest heavily in research, resulting in a shift of the group’s production base from general rubber goods to the specialised manufacture of flexible rubber hoses.
This decision required swift and sweeping reorganisation, as well as plant conversion, but it set the group on a global growth path that it is still following today. One of the first steps along this path came in 1972 with the creation of a new production plant for the manufacture of industrial hose at Teramo, known as Alfagomma Sud S.p.A.
Three years later Hydraulic Hose South S.p.A. started production of specialised high-pressure hydraulic hoses at a nearby plant.
In 1977 a second high pressure hydraulic hose plant, Tubi Gomma S.p.A., opened at Cosenza.
In 1991 the group took another important step starting up operations in Malaysia with Alfagomma Mardec Sdn Bhd, its third high pressure hydraulic hose plant.
With the 1991 acquisition of French company CICMP, a specialist manufacturer of hydraulic and industrial hose fittings and hose assemblies, the group attained its goal of being able to provide customers with not only individual products but to offer system solutions to meet customer requirements however complex.
In 1992 keeping with its philosophy of pursuing innovation a second plant at Teramo was added, Alfagomma Industrial S.p.A. which focused on the research, design and manufacture of dynamically vulcanised thermoplastic rubber compounds and the production of thermoplastic industrial hoses.
In 2002 Alfagomma Technology opened a new production plant manufacturing fittings, adaptors and assembled hoses in Cosenza.
In the same year Alfagomma America Inc. was established in Burlington, Iowa (USA), in order to supply the American market with assembled hoses.
2005 was a major year which saw the group strengthen its market position by establishing Alfagomma Ningbo (China) a Sales and Distribution Subsidiary manufacturing hydraulic fittings and OEM hydraulic hose assemblies. In the same year Northern Europe was targeted by the group with the acquisition of the Dunlop Hiflex Group in the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
In 2007 Alfagomma started on the expansion of its plant in Malaysia to facilitate the ever growing demand for hydraulic hose. This is now completed and boasts as one of the most modern hydraulic hose manufacturing plants in the world.
In 2008 in the same area the group established another manufacturing plant, Dunlop Hiflex Sdn Bhd in Pasir Gudang. This plant again has also been fitted out with state of the art equipment to produce industrial hose to supply various subsidiaries of the Alfagomma Global Group of companies.
With the Groups production capacity of industrial hose vastly increased, the Alfagomma Group has set out to establish commercial distribution companies throughout the major world markets and constantly updates and evolves its range of products, coupled with problem-solving industrial systems.