Officina Gigotti was founded in June 1968 as a workshop specialized in the manufacture and repair of components and mechanical parts for the fishing boat sector. Officina Gigotti was founded by Francesco Gigotti who, using the experience he gained from working for local mechanical engineering firms, decided to offer his expertise to the local shipyards and shipbuilders (shipwrights).
From the early 1970s to 1978, GIGOTTI made a name for itself by making components and spare parts for hydraulic breakers. It participated in the SAMOTER exhibition in Verona, making a significant “impression” on local manufacturers.
One of the steps that would mark GIGOTTI ‘s future occurred in the late 1970s at the start of its supplier relationship with key local industries such as: Pirelli Meridionale Cavi of Giovinazzo, Oto Trasm, Oto Melara, RIV-SKF, Weber Altecna, Isotta Fraschini, Breda Fucine Meridionali of Modugno. During the same period it signed its first supplier contracts with a leading company in the transmission sector for Levi Drive Unit propellers (inboard motor boats).
Major contracts would soon lead GIGOTTI to develop expertise in metal and non-metal processing allowing the whole series of technological investments that would determine its success in the years to come.
In 1982 GIGOTTI successfully campaigned to be a partner for manufacturing precision mechanisms to be used in automated systems and equipment built to specification for the automotive industry. In this it collaborated with major national manufacturers of international fame such as COMAU, GEFIT and PFM.
As a result of the continuing and increasing demand for new applications and an improved production capacity at this time, GIGOTTI purchased its first two Continuous Numerical Control (CNC) machines. The first was a DAINICHI lathe with a 12-position turret tool holder, and the second, a RAMBAUDI milling machine with a movable bed and manual tool change. These two machines would represent the beginning of a new era of investment ensuring a quality machine inventory and continuously updating a production capacity aligned to the needs of an ever-changing market. This fundamental aspect has always been the hallmark of the GIGOTTI Group.
In 1984 GIGOTTI collaborated with Centro Laser of Valenzano and the Elasis Motor Power Research Center of Bari and Pomigliano d’Arco to provide a vital contribution to the Common Rail system during its experimental and pioneering stage of development. It produced the first prototypes of injectors and various equipment and instruments for studies and research on the spray produced by diesel injectors (Experimental Investigation of Sprays). During the same period until 1986, it worked with several local technical bodies (DIAMEC, PROMEC SUD, CMA, etc.), aimed at designing equipment and machinery for local automotive manufacturers: Magneti Marelli, Firestone, RIV-SKF, Weber Altecna.
At the same time, GIGOTTI initiated major trade relationships with leading Italian manufacturers of automated packaging machinery and with a Swiss manufacturer of automated machinery for manufacturing wristwatches.
The early 1990s were years of technological maturity marked by strategic choices involving a shift towards a different and certainly more demanding clientele. At the same time GIGOTTI had the opportunity to demonstrate its capacity for implementing and managing complex orders that required a completely different organizational structure and mindset. The results obtained with the new strategy strengthened a greater awareness of the value of service and the quality of the works produced. With this awareness, GIGOTTI launched itself into a national and then international market, leaving the local market of spare parts to the numerous small local workshops largely founded by former employees who have always made Gigotti proud.
In these years GIGOTTI formed numerous supplier relationships in various sectors:
- machinery and systems for packing and packaging (food and non-food)
- machinery for manufacturing capacitors
- machinery for manufacturing and packaging cigarettes, filters, and other tobacco products
- tool and transfer
- machines for flat glass processing and the manufacture of glass containers
- machinery for the manufacture of disposable hygienic products
- automation and robotics for the automotive sector
Towards the end of the 90s the growing number of customers and increasing demands pushed the company to draw up a new investment plan for both machinery and human resources. The new headquarters was built in the Molfetta industrial park (one of the first ever manufacturing plants in the new industrial park) and the entire production was moved there.
In these years, GIGOTTI decided to found A&D to respond to a number of requests from the automotive industry and some niche markets that required customized solutions for manufacturing: electric cables, polyethylene pipes, plastic molds, and equipment for manufacturing, systems for the medical and biomedical industry and for research centers and small businesses aiming to introduce new products on the market. A&D set up business in the old factory on State Highway 16 to Bisceglie at km 775+600.
MECCANICA GIGOTTI was founded in 2003 and set up business in the new plant built on lot DA2 next to OFFICINE GIGOTTI FRANCESCO.
At the same time GIGOTTI certified the manufacturing process of its whole group of companies simultaneously according to ISO 9000.
The certification would launch a new organizational structure designed to provide its customers with the 4 pillars of supply:
- Delivery times
- Pre-and post-sales
GIGOTTI decided to move A&D to the Molfetta industrial park to complete the range of supply services offered by integrating the design services with the rest of the group. At the same time, new areas were set up to expand the stock of raw materials and finished products.
From this time forward, the organizational structure would strengthen the synergies among the three companies and achieve the best performance in the provision of design, construction and assembly services, fostering considerable interest and success abroad as well as in Italy. To this end, the group developed procedures to fully manage the stages of export, transport, customs clearance, goods storage and delivery to the customer.
In 2008 a strategic investment plan was implemented aimed at expanding the production capacity and positioning GIGOTTI as a grade A supplier of complex mechanical units for a multinational company.
In 2010, the complexity of the orders and managerial requirements highlighted the need to share process and management information more quickly throughout the business environment by limiting the use of paper.
GIGOTTI decided on a substantial organizational change within the group by implementing an innovative, integrated and customized information system that enabled real-time access to all technical and process information at any stage to monitor progress, plan workloads and manage contingencies with respect to delivery times.
In 2012 GIGOTTI matured in its new vision of a plan for internationalization and at the same time the need to expand and innovate the manufacturing process with a plan for investment in machinery and technology aimed at further increasing quality and reducing lead-times.