Italian marine equipment manufacturer Besenzoni is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a new corporate logo, catalogue and membership of the Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) programme.

The company, which was founded by Giovanni Besenzoni in Sarnico in 1967, has grown from a small, family business on the shores of Lake Iseo to become a consolidated industrial concern with seven production sites operating in Bergamo, all equipped with the latest cutting-edge technologies.

Today Besenzoni has 187 sales offices in 50 countries and a direct service network of 164 workshops around the world, coordinated by the head office. Production is divided into seven collections – gangways, tender launch and towing systems (cranes, bridge cranes, hydraulic platforms, sliders), helm seats and chair supports, bathing ladders, table bases, custom projects and carbon line – with 60 patents and many prizes and awards from the international market over the years.

“Fifty years are an exceptional achievement we are very proud of, and we must thank first and foremost our staff for having come this far. The strength of our company lies in the ability of our staff to solve the increasingly complex problems we find ourselves facing,” says CEO Giorgio Besenzoni, Giovanni’s son.

“Alongside the introduction of automated production processes over the years, which are a must in today’s manufacturing world, without the very high skill of our craftsmen Besenzoni would be nothing.

“In the past 50 years we have stood up to – and continue to face today – increasingly skilled competitors, our product range has increased greatly, and for this reason to keep in step our skills must meet the new demands, through constant staff training and qualification.”

Besenzoni claims to have been the first company to introduce the stern platform with ladder in 1973, and 10 years later invented hydraulic gangways with remote control, an authentic revolution for the market. Today, over 170 product lines bear the company trademark.