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ABOUT US

90 YEARS OF INNOVATION

CIFA designs and manufactures a complete range of machines for production, transport, and placing of concrete.
Since 1928, CIFA has been a technological leader in the concrete supply chain. With its award-winning European design technology, CIFA has been in the construction equipment market for more than 90 years with the commitment to safety, machine performance improvement, work productivity increase, and ease of operation.
As an industry pioneer, CIFA’s DNA has always been innovation. In 1974 CIFA invented the truck mixer pump, in 2010 the company proudly patented the first carbon-fiber-made boom, and in 2013 the first hybrid mixer truck laying the foundations for what in the following years would become a real hybrid range: Energya.
Headquartered in Italy, CIFA is represented by a global sales and service network with production facilities and branches established in all strategic markets, such as Italy, Germany, France, China, Mexico, Dubai and USA.

CIFA is a company that produces innovation in the construction sector. It designs and manufactures a complete range of machines and solutions for production, transport and laying of concrete. A house, a hospital, a school. Bridges, overpasses, tunnels. Buildings and infrastructures that come to fruition thanks to Italian research, planning, creativity and high technology. CIFA continually invests in research and development of products and services while upholding quality as an absolute value.
It has several production facilities in Italy and branches and a distribution network all over the world. Over 60,000 truck mixers and truck-mounted pumps sold, whose prototypes are tested at the TEC (Testing European Center), a cutting-edge center managed by an international team of engineers.
Ninety years driven by innovation as the primary motivation for CIFA’s personnel to conceive increasingly avant-garde products, seek the best solution and meet challenges.

HISTORY

The history of CIFA is that of a nation and its social, economic and technological changes. Since its foundation in 1928, CIFA has contributed to the narrative of an industrious, ingenious and future-oriented Italy, thanks to the vision of a great entrepreneur and his ability to adapt to market changes. 
It is a history that begins with the Ausenda family and spans various eras leading to the acquisition of CIFA, in 2008, by the Chinese industrial group Zoomlion Heavy Industry. This transaction breathed new life into the company, enabling it to invest in products and research even in a period of downturn in the construction market. 
It is a history made of research, perseverance and passion, which has made CIFA a benchmark of innovation at international level in the concrete technology field, setting a series of genuine technological records, all the while keeping a strong focus on the customer’s working requirements.

CIFA’s future is founded on three key concepts: new materials, electronics and sustainability. Its products are increasingly ecological, safe and reliable. Energy-saving and respect for the environment guide CIFA’s technological evolution, together with industrialization of new materials with the aim of improving products’ performance and endurance. Finally, ever-growing digitalization makes it possible to develop machines’ safety under any working conditions, with extreme ease of use.

1928 - Foundation

On 7 July 1928, Carlo Ausenda established CIFA, Compagnia Italiana Forme Acciaio, a company which used a patent purchased from the American company Blaw Knox to begin design and manufacture in Italy of formworks for containing concrete casting and manufacture of radio masts and antennas.

1958 - The first cement mixer

CIFA joined the evolution of the construction market and entered the segment related to equipment for concrete production, transportation and distribution. As a result, the first batching plant was created in 1956, the first truck mixer was launched in 1958 and mixing trains made their début in 1965, followed, at the end of the ‘60s, by the first concrete pumps.

1974 - The world’s first mixer pump

Thanks to the company’s market proximity, in 1974 CIFA designed and built the world’s first mixer pump, which would be named "Magnum” in 1987. For the first time in history, a manufacturer combined the capacity to transport concrete (mixer) with the ability to pump it (pump) on site.

‘80 - Shotcrete

In the ‘80s, CIFA developed the first units for pumping sprayed concrete.

2008 - Acquisition

Zoomlion purchased CIFA, an historic transition marking the Italian company’s history and definitively launching it into the global scene.

2010 - The only ones with carbon fiber

In 2010, for the first time in a truck-mounted concrete pump, two sections of the distribution boom abandoned steel in favour of carbon fiber. Increased lightness for the structure and greater strength compared to traditional steel. Introducing the MK25H Model.

2013 - The first hybrid mixer

One of the products emblematic of the innovation of recent years is the Energya hybrid truck mixer. The world’s first model of hybrid mixer with electric motor powered by a lithium battery unit. It can be charged by plugging into a mains outlet or, alternatively, during transport using the motor and recovering energy that would otherwise be lost when braking. Energya reduces consumption, noise and carbon dioxide emissions and is the first eco-friendly construction vehicle.

2015 - The first underground mixer

CIFA created Coguaro 4, the first cement mixer for works in tunnels and mines.

2017 - The first plug-in hybrid spritz system

CIFA developed CSSE, the first shotcrete vehicle with hybrid propulsion.

2018 - The milestone

CIFA celebrated 90 years of business, driven by innovation.

2019 - The world’s first plug-in hybrid mixer pump

Magnum MK28E is the latest product in the CIFA ENERGYA range, joining the mixer and spritz system.

Production plants

Senago

Since 2002 Senago headquarter has been housing and coordinating the general management, sales, research, planning, manufacturing and marketing. It is also a reference centre for training, updating of technicians, presentation and demonstration of products. In Senago, beside the operational facility, there are production units for Truck Mounted Pumps, Stationary Pumps and products for Underground application (Formworks and Spritz Beton), laying on 55,000 sq.m. In 2013 the headquarter and the factories underwent a restyling of the outer facades and adjustment of production lines inspired to the "lean production" principles and to the zero defect quality.

Castiglione delle Stiviere

The facility in Castiglione delle Stiviere (MN) has been considered since 1972 the supermarket of truck mixers. With a production capacity at operating speed of over 3,000 units per year, it's the real productive platform of Cifa truck mixers for the entire world. Truck mixer pumps are realized in the Mantua facility too, thanks to the experience of over 160 workers and employees of Cifa Mixers. In Castiglione, Cifa also produces batching plants.

Rogolo

From the beginning of the 80s, Cifa Group started planning and producing pipes for distribution of concrete in Rogolo (Italy) site and in 1995 it started planning and producing new highly resistant pipes. After the opening of the foundry in 2002, production of Rogolo site offers a wider product range, with elbows in special alloys, particularly resistant to wear and tear. In 2006 the range is completed with seals, joints, supports, distribution manual arms and other complementary accessories. Since 2008 production is extended to high quality and double thickness pipes, using the competence of an internal R&D centre. Since 2019 the company has got another headquarters in Vasto (Italy), thanks to the acquisition of Pamec.

Faenza (Top Carbon)

The fifth site of Cifa group was opened in Faenza. TOP CARBON Srl was established in 2012 as joint venture between Riba Composites Srl, a company of Bucci Industries Group of Faenza, active in the field of composite materials and carbon fiber, and Cifa SpA. The two companies have been cooperating since 2008 for designing and producing booms for truck mounted pumps. The establishment of this new company represents an evolved form of cooperation between an Italian industrial group and a Chinese one and it reverses the typical trend of delocalizing to China production sites of Italian companies, for the low labour costs. Cifa's original idea to use composite materials for construction machinery found in Riba the ideal and competent partner for manufacturing these components with innovative materials and processes. The knowhow of the two companies led to realize a product that allows Cifa to be on the market with machines equipped with concrete distribution booms that globally help saving 30% of the weight and improving technical performances in terms of lightness and distribution height that can be reached. The original idea and the technological competence developed with tight cooperation between the two companies, brought today to have on the market 8 different models of truck mounted pumps with booms of length between 25 to 101 meters.

Branches

Germany

Steinbeisstrasse 14 Urbach D-73660 Baden-Württemberg, Germany

USA

14215 Two Mile Road Yorkville, WI 53126

France

152 voie Jean Mermoz - Francin 73800 Porte-de-Savoie, France

Museum

CIFA is a forward-looking company aware of the value of its past, which is why its Milanese facility also houses a museum, part of the Museimpresa network, showcasing its cultural heritage.

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THE HISTORY OF CIFA IN A BOOK

The events, both industrial and human, in CIFA’s history, from the beginning to the present day, have unusual characteristics which make this company an interesting case study. The stages that have marked its technological evolution, reflected in its products and processes together with the unprecedented solutions adopted at corporate level, are unique in the international scene.

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MANAGEMENT

CEO - Davide Cipolla
CEO Davide Cipolla
CEO - Davide Cipolla
Sales, Aftersales, Marketing Marco Polastri
CEO - Davide Cipolla
R&D and Operations Nicola Pirri
CEO - Davide Cipolla
AFC & ITC Paolo Gandola
CEO - Davide Cipolla
Quality Carlo Bacchetta
CEO - Davide Cipolla
Aftersales Andrea Paccagnella
CEO - Davide Cipolla
Production Giovanni Piccarreta

Code of Ethics

The Board of Directors of CIFA S.p.A. has decided to adopt the Code of Ethics in the conviction that any organisation wishing to operate legitimately in our society and environment has a duty to express its ethical principles clearly and transparently.

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Quality & Policy

CIFA's corporate policy pursues the strategic guidelines shared with the parent company Zoomlion.

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