OMS Impianti has come a long way since its foundation in 1969 by two employees from Italian chemicals major Montedison. Now two sons of the owners run the company.
It has carved out what it says is a strong position supplying machinery to companies making insulated panels.
The turning point in the company’s history came with a generation change when the current owners took over from their fathers.
OMS is owned and run by two directors, Enrico Lombardini, managing director and Andrea Mariani, president. Both directors own 50% of the firm. Both directors were working at the firm in 1996 when the change happened.
But the generational transition was difficult, Lombardini explains: “My father was the manager of the company, he was in charge of the commercial job. The technical manager left and took a lot of people with him, It was a big challenge.
Lombardini said: “I have a friend at the local university who tells me we should write a book. We are a company that exists, yet should not exist. With all that happened in the end we came out of the situation stronger.”
He added that the company came to be driven by “teamwork, quality and we succeeded especially in areas where we were weaker.”
Lombardini said: “In the past it was a problem to sell the second line, today where we are succeeding is to repeat orders with our…