1933: Founding of the company
The engineer Emilio Miglio establishes “Sapes – Società Anonima Prodotti Elettrofucinati e Stampati” (that means “Joint-stock company electric upsetted and forged components”) in Mailand. The company bases its technology on the electric upsetting process and produces with economic efficiency and technical merits high-strength bolts, that beforehand were mainly manufactured through the precision machining with automatic turning lathes.
1937: Business growth
Strong growth of the company in the production of high strenght bolts mainly for the aircraft industry.
During the Second World War the company is bombarded and the business is interrupted.
1947: New beginning in Storo
In 1947 the engineer Miglio restarts the business building a new plant in Storo. In those years a new more economical and effective technology for the production of bolts becomes successful, this is the cold forging. This technology requires very high investments and Sapes, after a long standstill and involved in moving to Storo, is not able to support them.
Miglio decides therefore to use the electric upsetting plants to produce items with new designs, as tie rods, ball pins and pushrods. Sapes finds new business opportunities in these markets and gains customers.
1954: The next generation
The son Gianfranco Miglio takes over the responsibility in the company.
1960: Expansion and diversification
The O.G. Officine Giudicariensi is founded in Storo. The company employs the electric upsetting technology to produce transmission shafts and pinions, items with different functions and of larger dimension than those usually produced by Sapes.
Also the plants in O.G. are bigger than those working in Sapes.
In the 60s Sapes and O.G. register a positive growth and employ about 180 people.
1972: The foundation of Sapes Officine Giudariensi S.p.A. and the choice for the cold forging
Sapes and O.G. are combined in the Sapes Officine Giudariensi S.p.A. (later called simply Sapes). Thanks to this operation the former Sapes abandons the previous business and starts to work in the field of cold forging, while the former O.G. goes on to produce hot forged pieces of larger dimension.
In the 70s a dynamic development of the company is confirmed. Sapes has a workforce of about 150 people.
1981-1984: The crisis
The difficult market situation, in particular of the customers in the fields of engines, motorcycles, tractors, industrial and earth moving vehicles, leads to a fall in sales and the increasing labour costs cause difficulties. The economic crisis has severe consequences on the employment in Sapes.
1994: The relaunch
Sapes buys from the family Walterscheid the company Sawam Trasmissioni S.p.A., whose activity is the mechanical machining of hot forged components for the automotive, earth moving and agricultural sectors. Sawam is located in Storo next to Sapes and has a strategic importance because it is able to carry out the mechanical machining, the quench and temper and the induction hardening treatments of the hot forged pieces produced by Sapes.
2000-2003: Second plant in Condino
The historical buildings in Storo are not suitable for the development of the whole company, therefore in 2000 Sapes decides to buy in Condino (about 5 km far from Storo) new buildings with a surface of 26.000m2. Between 2001 and 2003 the hot and cold forging departments are transferred from Storo to Condino. The mechanical machining, the quench and temper and the induction hardening treatments are still carried out in the plant of Storo.
2003-2004: More tie rods with higher quality
Thanks to new investments the productive capacity of cold forged tie rods is tripled. A new highly sensitive control device –integrated in the production line- guarantees the conformity of tie rods to the customer requirements.
2008-2012: New investments
Despite the difficult market situation Sapes carries out new investments in all the production departments.
A new plant for the production of pushrods grants the doubling of the previous productive capacity with a strong improvement of quality standards.
New investments in electrical upsetters, robots and mechanical hands increase the productivity and simplifies the workplace in the hot forging department.
In the mechanical machining department Sapes buys new plants and robots in order to improve efficiency and flexibility.