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GUIDI AT THE METS TEAMING PRODUCTS WITH ART
In Amsterdam, the company presents a new non-stick valve, in a setting where sustainability shares the stage with striking images
Guidi Srl first took part in the METS back in 1990, and 28 years later continues to showcase its products at the world’s most important trade fair for nautical accessories, where it always has a key role to play.
This edition of the traditional Marine Equipment Trade Show (Amsterdam, RAI, 13-15 November 2018) coincides with the 50th anniversary of the company from Grignasco (Novara), founded in 1968 by Bruno Guidi and specialised in the production of bronze, brass, chrome-plated, nickel-plated and aluminium accessories, non-stick valves, water intakes, thru-hulls, water strainers and pipe fittings.
The stand will be in its usual location in the Italian pavilion (Europa Hall, 01.761), and will feature a smooth blend of products and artworks, in perfect “Guidi style”, offering international operators an immediate, exhaustive picture of the company’s approach and philosophy.
Art, environment, society sport and products are the five founding pillars of Guidi’s corporate culture, and the company has placed sustainability at the centre of its development plans for some time now.
Speaking of products, the core feature of the Dutch trade fair, closely focused on B2B, Guidi has chosen the METS for the launch of a new non-stick valve (art. 2270), a step up from the “Alex” model (art. 2260), the most recent patent to be obtained, in 2013.
Among the hallmark features of Guidi is undoubtedly the company’s impressive reliability, a value that in its 50 years in business has made it one of the Italian nautical brands that commands the greatest respect.
When designing its products, Guidi takes care to ensure their life cycle is increasingly sustainable. Each product is extremely durable, with excellent quality and function guaranteed, and maintains the physical and mechanical characteristics of the materials it is made of. Products require very little ordinary maintenance while in use.
Because of how simple it is to separate the component parts at the disassembly stage, the life span of the materials can be extended beyond the duration of the individual components. At the end of their useful life, thanks to processes that allow for the creation of secondary raw materials, all the products are almost completely recyclable.
Research is being carried out in the company into the life cycle of the products, with a view to identifying any critical phases or problems connected with the environment. The data that emerge from these analyses will be used to make further pertinent improvements, from the design stage through to sale.
Linking up with the question of duration and the passing of time, on display at the stand set up at the METS are works from the photographic project “Vanitas. Il tempo, il silenzio e l'effimero” by the artist Enrica Pastore.
“Vanitas is the name used in painting for still life works, very much in vogue during the so-called Dutch Golden Age, which comprises almost all of the 17th century. In my images, I’ve sought to highlight man’s relationship with objects, which bring with them a wealth of meaning, symbols and value”,explains the photographer.
The“Guidi collection”,formed by a significant number of works by Italian and international artists, includes all 23 images that make up the Vanitas project, which are also collected in a book that can be consulted at the Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam, forming a sort of virtual bridge between Italy and the Dutch capital that hosts the METS.
As regards business performance, in the first nine months of 2018, Guidi Srl has recorded arise of over 5% in turnover compared to the same period of last year. “Things are going well on markets outside Europe. Italy still accounts for about half of our turnover, which is a comforting signal, indicating that the upturn evident for a few years now is continuing”,noted Bruno Guidi.
The company has also just completed the “vertical warehouse”project, which has involved a complete overhaul of in-factory logistics,and is continuing to pursue a policy of investment in Research & Development, also in partnership with other accessory manufacturers, with the aim of expanding and improving the product catalogue.
HISTORY IN BRIEF
1968 – Bruno Guidi founded the company in Valsesia and began producing fittings for other companies
From 1970– Entrance into the nautical market, with the production of oil change pumps, water intakes and thru-hulls
1978 – Production of the first water intakes
1982 – The company obtained its first five patents for strainers, and took part for the first time in the Genoa International Boat Show
1988 – Extension of the range of products for the nautical industry, presented at trade fairs in the sector all over the world
1989 – Move from an artisan business to a limited liability company
1990 – Took part for the first time in the METS in Amsterdam
1991 –Move from Borgosesia (Vercelli) tothe current premises in Grignasco (Novara)
1995 – Three more patents, for water intakes
1996 –Obtained ISO 9001 quality certification
1998 – New investments in machinery and research. Obtained ISO 14001 quality certification
2004 – New patents, for two valves
2007 – More patents, for two valves
2008 – Start of the company’s role as a “modern-day patron of the arts”, involving collaborations with a number of artists from Italy and worldwide:#Guidi4art is born
2013 – Patent for the non-stick valve, bringing the total number of patents to 13
2016/2017 – Arrival of new machinery for production and development of collaborations with other accessory manufacturers
2018 – Consolidation of the company’s international presence and investments in research and design: creation of the “vertical warehouse”. Development of #Guidi4all, the company’s overall sustainable development plan that comprises activities and projects in the areas of production, art, sport, society and environment.
Non-stick valve (n. 2270) Non-stick valve (n. 2270)
New non-stick valve (n. 2270), a step up from the “Alex” model (n. 2260), the most recent patent to be obtained, in 2013.