The company from Valsesia, a leader in the marine accessories sector, will be present at the METS in Amsterdam as it prepares to celebrate an important milestone.

The focus remains on sustainability, innovation and networking ability.

1968 – 2018 : 50 years of “Made in Guidi”

It’s time once again for the annual METS – Marine Equipment Trade Show (Amsterdam, RAI, 14-16 November 2017), and as usual, Guidi Srl of Grignasco (Novara) will be present with a host of interesting products and features.

During the key international event for the marine accessories sector, reserved for professional operators only, Guidi has confirmed the position of its stand (Europa Hall, 01.761), where it will be presenting its complete range of products, including bronze, brass, chrome-plated, nickel-plated and aluminium accessories, non-stick valves, water intakes, thru-hulls, water strainers and pipe fittings.

The Dutch event comes at a special time for Guidi, which next year will be celebrating its first 50 years in business (1968-2018), an important milestone. Over the years, the company founded by Bruno Guidi has been able to carve out, extend and then maintain significant market shares, and is now an international leader for its products.

The hallmark of the stand at the METS, an area of 60 square metres, is a strong focus on two main aspects that have always been central to Guidi’s approach to doing business: products and art.

Alongside a selection of the main products in the catalogue, all strictly Made in Italy, and the thirteen patented articles, the stand will feature a small preview of a photographic book that will be produced for the company’s 50th anniversary, with seventeen 50×70 prints of splendid shots by the American photographer Jill Mathis, one of the artists that has been cooperating with the company for some years now, taken in a number of the most prestigious Italian shipyards Guidi supplies its products to.

On the subject of Guidi4art, the series of art-linked projects the company promotes in various ways, it is worth mentioning the exhibition Venice Design, linked to the Biennale and open until 26 November: on display in the marvellous setting of Palazzo Michiel are the works in silicone by Alessandro Ciffo, a designer Guidi has been supporting for some time now.

Business, innovation and commitment

The year now drawing to a close has been a positive one for Guidi in terms of orders, which have risen by 15% compared to 2016 and remain evenly spread between Italy and abroad.

Innovation, one of the drivers of the Guidi philosophy, continues uninterrupted, and the company is strengthening its collaboration with Tecnoseal Srl, the company from Grosseto, with which an anti-fouling kit has already been developed, and other joint projects are in the pipeline. Guidi also continues to invest in machinery, destined to make production faster and more efficient, and in new staff, with the aim of boosting the research and development division, which is essential for future growth.

This networking ability – evident last year in the space the company shared at the Versilia Yachting Rendez Vous in Viareggio with Tecnoseal, Veco Spa and Mase Generators, other outstanding Italian marine component manufacturers, is another of the brand’s hallmarks. Guidi is always on the lookout for new partners to work with in various areas, from industry to the world of art.

LThis desire to pool knowledge and experience is also evident in the company’s strong commitment and effort within the Nautica Italiana association, aimed primarily at identifying a platform of issues on sustainability subsequently shared by all the other members of the association, to support the formation of groups of companies that might access European or national fundings.

The association wants to play a role in promoting the dialogue with organizations, firms and banks for the creation of financial and tax incentives for those companies that want to invest in sustainability, like for example the certification of contractors and subcontractors in the supply chain, the progress toward sustainable practices and materials, transfer of technologies, employees education and training on sustainability issues, the creation of a fund to help writing projects to access EU tenders.

In the words of the founder Bruno Guidi: “I am very pleased to be approaching this important half-century milestone; it’s an achievement I’d never have imagined when I started the business. I believe that the fact that my sons Daniele and Alessandro work with me in the company, in positions of responsibility, is a guarantee of continuity for everyone: employees, customers, suppliers and partners. This allows us to look ahead to the next fifty years of the company with optimism, with the awareness, however, that we cannot afford to rest on our laurels”.