Fiorano Modenese, 1978. At age thirty-one, at work in a machine shop offering turning and milling services to the sports car sector, Giorgio Canali’s career prospects were not exceedingly bright. He decided, along with a colleague, to take the proverbial plunge, founding Ci-Esse, in a tiny warehouse. The company takes its name from the initials of its two founders, Canali and Schianchi. Canali worked as a lathe turner, Schianchi as a miller. The company experienced an important financial and professional boost following an order from Ferrari. Despite that complex components were extremely difficult to manufacture and, apparently, above CI-ESSE’s technical capacities at that time, Giorgio welcomed the challenge and, with a few bright ideas, was able to deliver all the ordered parts on time. Meanwhile, the first computer numerical control (CNC) machine was installed at the firm. Along with the automotive sector, the ceramic industry was experiencing steep growth in Fiorano. So Giorgio decided to take yet another risk, buying a new machine for a value of 200 million £, with the firm’s revenues totaling around 70 million. As a direct result of this venture, CI-ESSE succeeded in placing itself in the high market sector. In 1990 the firm moved from its tiny warehouse to a new, far bigger one. 1992 turned out to be a year of hardship at CI-ESSE. Due to a strong contraction in production, the company was forced to resort to unemployment benefits. CI-ESSE decided to change course in a big way, reducing its reliance on the industry, which, by that time, represented almost 90% of its revenues. The firm proceeded to buy one of the very first 5-axis machines for the production of more complex parts, then becoming a supplier for Ferrari’s F1 team. In the late Nineties, Sacmi joined CI-ESSE’s growing list of clients. At the end of 1999, CI-ESSE embarked upon a joint venture with a Dutch company, the objective of which was to explore and develop new approaches toMetal Injection Molding (MIM), a technology ascribable to powder metallurgy. After a few years, CI-ESSE decided to finance the establishment of PM-Technology, a firm entirely devoted to the development of MIM. In 1999 CI-ESSE adopted the standard ISO 9001. A year later, the company moved to a third, still bigger warehouse. In 2007 CI-ESSE purchased the first Concept Laser machine for Laser Melting. Then, in 2011, the company would step up its production capacity, by purchasing the latest generation M2 machine from Concept Laser. By 2012, CI-ESSE had become the firm with the biggest production capacity in Italy, installing a third Laser Melting machine. In June 2013, Ci-Esse opened and presented its subsidiary in the United States, Powderpart Inc.. The company, specialized in Metal Injection Molding (MIM) and in Laser Melting targets the medical and aerospace markets.

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