A company that has made history in the textile machinery industry
A leader in the sector of technical composite materials, Lamiflex was founded in 1976 thanks to the business initiative of Luigi Castelli and Luigina Bernini, who already owned a textile company. The two owners purchased one of the first flexible rapier looms to increase their company’s productivity, but they were faced with a technical problem: the nylon rapier tapes melted easily if they were used at high speed. They needed to design a new type of tape that was able to withstand the high temperatures. That was how the composite tape was created, a tape with a cotton structure that is combined with phenolic resin. This invention would revolutionize the textile machinery industry.
In recent years Lamiflex is pursuing the generational three sons Francesco, Federico and Davide.
Lamiflex patents for on going innovation
The next step, the introduction of polyester with epoxy resin, allowed Lamiflex to increase the strength of the tapes and their efficiency significantly, thereby also improving their performance.
The experience acquired and in-depth knowledge of composites culminated in Lamiflex devising other innovative solutions and patenting new products like the “variable stiffness tape” and the “interchangeable tip”. The company became a market leader, both inside Italy and abroad. Then the arrival of carbon and its infinite applications allowed Lamiflex to offer products with exceptional versatility and adaptability that are appreciated by designers and by the entire industrial world.
Strategy and constant evolution: the competitive strength of Lamiflex
Today, in an increasingly dynamic and evolving market, Lamiflex has made the strategic choice of also entering new sectors and designing innovative applications thanks to a team of technicians and engineers who are engaged daily in the search for a solution capable of meeting customers’ specific needs. Together with its know-how, this is where the company’s competitive strength lies: the ability to solve problems in order to find always the right decision.
Human resources: close attention from the start
When it comes to human resources, Lamiflex looks at the person as a whole and the training: materials engineers, aeronautical engineers and chemical engineers have the specific skills required to develop new machinery and new projects.
Right from the beginning, a special bond of respect and team work has bonded the company and its human resources in a relationship of common growth and continuous cross-fertilisation, both professional and personal. This is reflected by the fact that turnover has never exceeded 3%.
Main markets: an international company for 40 years
Currently, 40% of Lamiflex’s customers are in Italy, 35% in Europe and the remaining 25% operate in the rest of the world, mainly in the markets of Asia, America and Turkey. The company’s customers are found in various sectors, including, in addition to textile machinery, the industrial, medical and aeronautical sectors and rollers, particularly for flexo printing. With the aid of the latest technology, such as Solvent Impregnation, Filament Winding, Pultrusion and Pull-winding, Roll-wrapping, Progressive and Multi-chamber Press, Autoclave, RTM and LPMC, the company is able to provide any solution, developing production processes that are complemented by advanced IT systems.
Lamiflex tapes: a reputation acknowledged by the market every day
Lamiflex, with its numerous types of tape, has always succeeded in meeting the highest standards requested by customers, combining a punctual service with continual warehouse availability. Lamiflex is also the ideal partner for the production of gear wheels, a strategic replacement part in the textile machinery industry. The solidity, professionalism and the reputation built over the years enable the company to maintain and consolidate its leadership.
In 2015 Lamiflex achieved €17.3 million turnover, reinforcing the company’s unbroken growth over the last 40 years.