Ahead of the pack, Surfaces recognised the importance of this transformation and decided to specialise in the production of lapping tools.
And rather than stopping at this, Surfaces decided to take it to the next level, understanding that in order to achieve another qualitative step forward all line end processes had to be coordinated. This passage is possible only by combining various different competences. In 2014, the entry of Xenon Private Equity in Surfaces triggered the creation of Surfaces Group, with the acquisition of companies specialised in different sectors although synergistically connected, in a process that reached its conclusion with the entry of the Astorg Private Equity fund in 2017.
The first acquisition, in 2016, concerns ADI – a Vicenza business and market leader in the development of consumable abrasives for stone, glass and ceramic – and subsequently of associate company RBM, which is specialised in glass machining tools. In 2018 it was the turn of NoCoat and, previously, of AS Tools: the former is a chemicals company at the technological forefront in treatment products, while the latter is a manufacturer of tools for the application of surface treatments. At the start of 2019 the Group acquired International Chips, a Domodossola based company that produces tools for squaring ceramic tiles and for finishing and tumble polishing of metals, especially in high end work processes.
The vision of Surfaces Group points to the accumulation of the widest possible range of consumable abrasives: complete in terms of breadth, in order to allow us to support different technologies and solutions – many of which unique and exclusive, complete in relation to depth, to obtain an important diversification of the reference industrial sectors.
The intuition of Surfaces soon became a clear winner, allowing the Group to offer its services as an authoritative partner for machinery manufacturers, on the one hand, and for the manufacturing industry, on the other: an irreplaceable interface to create the most efficient machine/tool combination.