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For over 60 years, we have welcomed change with enthusiasm alongside our pursuit. This is the key to our success. As a leader in design, production and distribution of a full range of gearmotors, drive systems, planetary gearboxes and inverters, we can handle the most complex demands in industrial automation, mobile machinery and renewable energy.
  • April 16, 1956

    Clementino Bonfiglioli forms Costruzioni Meccaniche Bonfiglioli, which is later destined to become Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A. Clementino Bonfiglioli himself designs the first worm gears (the VF Series) to be supplied to major local industries in the packaging sector.

  • September 22, 1964

    Work begins on a new factory in Lippo di Calderara di Reno, Italy. This plant is still the headquarters of the Bonfiglioli Group today. Bonfiglioli designs and patents the RAE series two-stage planetary gearbox, which proves so successful that no improvements are required for the next 15 years.

  • 1968

    Tecnotrans Bonfiglioli SA is formed in Barcelona, Spain.

  • 1975

    Bonfiglioli acquires Forlì-based Italsai, a business with a fleet of advanced machine tools and years of experience in producing planetary gearboxes. The newly acquired company becomes TRASMITAL.

  • 1977

    Bonfiglioli opens its French subsidiary in Paris: Bonfiglioli Transmission SA.

  • 1981

    A new plant is opened at Bargellino di Calderara, Italy, to produce worm and other gears.

    Bonfiglioli UK is formed.

  • 1988

    Bonfiglioli Transmission is formed in Australia.

    Bonfiglioli Power Transmission is formed in South Africa.

  • 1989

    Bonfiglioli Deutschland GmbH is formed in Germany.

  • 1993

    Bonfiglioli Riduttori’s quality system is ISO 9001 certified by TUV and DNV.

  • 1994

    Bonfiglioli publishes the “Gearmotor Handbook”.

  • 1995

    Bonfiglioli presents the innovative C, A and F Series of gearboxes at the Hanover exhibition.

  • 1999

    Bonfiglioli India is formed. Thanks to an extremely modern production plant in Chennai (Madras), Bonfiglioli India soon becomes a hub for expansion throughout Asia, and delivers a high volume of top quality products to a constantly growing customer base. 

    Bonfiglioli USA is formed in the United States.

  • 2000

    Bonfiglioli launches its e-commerce portal, Mosaico.

  • 2001

    Bonfiglioli acquires Vectron Elektronik GmbH, a German company specializing in the design and manufacture of high technology inverter drives. This move heralds the start of an industrial development process that in only a few years establishes the Bonfiglioli Group as a leader in mechatronics. 

  • 2002

    The BEST project (Bonfiglioli Excellence Service Team) is launched, and leads to creation of the power transmission market’s most modern sales organization. It is based on preferred business partners equipped with all the tools they need to develop their markets independently, and to distribute Bonfiglioli products and services according to a strategy agreed with corporate headquarters.

  • 2003

    Bonfiglioli Drives Shanghai is formed in China.

    Bonfiglioli acquires TECNOINGRANAGGI, a Bologna-based company specializing in design and production of reduced-backlash planetary gearboxes, and a longstanding leader in its field. 

  • 2005

    Bonfiglioli BSK is formed in Slovakia.

  • 2006

    Bonfiglioli Turkey is formed.

    The Bonfiglioli Group celebrates its 50th anniversary, confirming the success of Bonfiglioli Riduttori as a leader in the global power transmission market.

  • 2008

    Bonfiglioli Vietnam is formed to serve a rapidly expanding Asian market.

  • 2009

    Bonfiglioli Brazil is formed in São Paulo.

  • 2010

    Sonia Bonfiglioli takes over control of the Group.

  • 2011

    Bonfiglioli Mechatronic Research (BMR) is formed in Rovereto. The company is dedicated to development of brushless motors and reduced-backlash gearboxes. It boasts extensive R&D capabilities and an advanced production plant capable of turning out extremely sophisticated products.

    Bonfiglioli opens a second site in Mannur, India, to serve its Industrial Business Unit.

  • 2012

    The MDS division is created. Formation of an “Industrial Mechatronic Drives & Solutions” (MDS) division. 

    An Electromobility Competence Center is set up at the Forlì plant to develop innovative electromobility solutions.

  • 2013

    Bonfiglioli South East Asia is formed in Singapore

  • 2014

    Acquisition of 95% of the Spanish branch Tecnotrans Bonfiglioli.

    Inauguration of the plant in Bangalore, India.

  • 2015

    Bonfiglioli Drives (Shanghai) Co., Ltd site established in QingPu, Shanghai, China.

    Bonfiglioli Riduttori acquires a majority stake in O&K Antriebstechnik from Carraro. This company has more than 130 years of experience in designing, developing and producing high-powered planetary gearboxes. The expertise of O&KA has ensured its sound reputation in both Mobile (tracked vehicles) and Mining (excavators).

  • 2016

    The Bonfiglioli Group celebrates its 60th anniversary, confirming the success of Bonfiglioli as a leader in the global power transmission market.

  • 2017

    Bonfiglioli announces the start of operations of its gearbox assembly facility in Pune, India.

    Enlargement of the plant in Slovakia, including an additional 8,000 square meters for production, and insource machining of solid and splined shafts (including IH), helical gears and HD pinion shafts, to increase value, quality and flexibility. 

    Establishment of the Malpighi LAB.

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