In 1957, Pasquale Bottero left his job at a glass manufacturer’s shop to launch Bottero Costruzioni Meccaniche jointly with Antonino Faccenda. Sixty years later, the company, based in Cuneo, Italy, exports 95 percent of its product overseas and owns four manufacturing plants around the world.

Bottero recently acquired three new orders for laminated glass systems: two lines for Guardian Group’s plants in Hungary and Thailand, and one for Saint Gobain. The value of the three orders is more than 10 million euros ($11.6 million).

“The contract in Germany with Saint Gobain, is the third awarded to Bottero this year by the French Group on the heels of two float lines, one in India and one in Poland,” says Marco Giraudo, sales manager. “It is an extremely innovative line that manufactures over-sized glass sheets every 45 seconds with output glass thicknesses that range from 4 to 30 millimeters. Another unique feature is that the plant’s operations are all automated. The line operator’s only job is to oversee the process.”

The company aims to exceed 200 million euros ($232.1 million) in sales by 2020.

“With 60 years of experience, our multinational plays a lead role in the production of glass processing machines and systems, providing reliable, innovative, technological products while also paying the utmost attention to the needs of our customers,” says Aldo Faccenda, director of human resources. “These are qualities that continue to allow the company to win new, key contracts for the manufacture of sophisticated lines for groups that are global leaders in glass manufacturing and to outdo contenders from Germany and Japan, countries that are traditional competitors with Italy in the production of machine tools for the glass industry.”

On October 21, the company celebrated its anniversary with a family day dedicated to its employees, partners and their families. More than 1,000 guests attended.

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