|Vezzani’s new PC 1627 ACV shear|
Vezzani S.p.A., based in Ovada, Italy, is celebrating its 50th year in business. The company manufactures high capacity scrap shears for ferrous and nonferrous applications, as well as baling presses, metals cleaning systems and other complete solutions. Vezzani says its equipment is used by major steelmakers and recycling companies in more than 50 countries. The company prides itself on a commitment to service.
The company was founded in 1962 by engineer Luciano Vezzani as a maker of grape presses for the local wine industry. Within a few years the company began manufacturing horizontal shears for the scrap metal industry, after it was asked to manufacture such a shear at the request of an Italian steelmaker.
In 1977 the company introduced the stationary inclined shear, “which was at the time and still is a revolutionary invention,” observes Gabriele Merlo, business development director for Vezzani. The shear is designed in the interest of simplicity and to reduce operating costs, Merlo says. “It is based on using gravity to feed the machine, reducing the amount of moving parts,” he says.
The launch of the inclined shear served to uphold the company’s tradition of high capacity at low cost, which continues to this day. “Since then our business has been focused more and more on this type of equipment, which today is our flagship,” says Merlo. “Innovation and reliability are key factors in making us the market leader for price of equipment per productivity. This is something we are very proud of and our customers, who recognize this achievement through their loyalty, are the ones who benefit the most from it,” Merlo says.
Last year the company introduced its VS series of inclined mobile press shears, transportable shears featuring Vezzani’s gravity feed system.
The company’s latest innovation is the PC 1627 ACV shear, introduced in 2012. The heavy duty stationary inclined shear offers a capacity of more than 100 metric tons per hour and a cut width up to 1.7 meters, Merlo says. “Nobody else is doing this right now, so this has been a very great accomplishment for this year.”
As for the future, Merlo says Vezzani’s tradition of high capacity at low operating costs remains the goal. “We keep working to improve our product portfolio in two directions,” says Merlo, “both improving the mobile equipment and moving towards higher capacity equipment. We aim at maintaining the price-productivity leadership.”