RIMA has been in existence for 50 years, which means that the market has appreciated and continues to appreciate the value of its products for half a century. This value is the result of the passion, design capability and pragmatism that have always distinguished the RIMA philosophy.
Today, our activities focus on the high customisation of mechanical support feet and hydraulic stabilisers, hydraulic cylinders, base bearings and ball slewing rings, steel wheels and steering rudders.
The DNA of Rima today is the same that has driven our growth from the very beginning: the centrality of a design capable of creating timeless quality, the constant striving for innovation, the strength of a tradition that marries industry, technology and research, the ability to interpret the customer’s needs, and the propensity for long-term collaboration.
It is precisely these values that have brought us this far today, and it is these values that will shape our direction in the future.
The company, then in a small location in Carpenedolo (BS), was involved in the production of parking jacks and steel wheels for agricultural machinery.
RI.MA. immediately saw great growth driven by the boom in agricultural mechanisation and in 1983 moved to new facility in Montichiari (BS). In 1985 its founder, Riccardo Magri, passed away suddenly.
The sudden loss of Riccardo Magri prompted four employees to bet on the continuity of RI.MA. and invest their savings to save the company from closure.
On January 1st, 1986 Amilcare Vernizzi, Alfredo Monfardini, Giorgio Zonta and Romeo Faganelli took over RI.MA. and RIMA SPA was born.
The company’s growth continued and it was decided to invest in the construction of a new 16,000 m2 site in a new industrial area, to expand production, renovate the production facilities and get closer to the main motorway branches.
Today, Gruppo Rima occupies a total area of approximately 40,000 m2 in its three locations.
As part of the company’s internationalisation process and driven by the desire to grow and expand its activities, the collaboration with the Romanian company Sirca Sa for the production of ballbearing turntables began in 1993.
Since 2012, Sirca Sa has been part of Gruppo Rima and produces ballbearing turntables and slewing rings.
Production facilities have been completely renovated and every process is subject to quality audits.
The following year it was decided to invest further with Romanian partners and to start production of slewing rings in Sirca.
Since then, the range of slewing rings has been further developed and now consists of 16 different profiles, with one or two rows and with internal, external or no gear.
We purchased our first welding robot in 1995 after extensive evaluation and analysis.
It was installed in the stabiliser department and was the beginning of a real game changer.
It required great effort in terms of study, training and engineering to customise the equipment, create the programming, masking and modify the production procedures, but it soon brought great benefits and improvements.
And so we gradually purchased the second, the third and successively the automation took on a broader concept, structured and tailored to our needs: a flexible automation, enabling us to compete in a market dominated by giants, while maintaining the level of attention and care that only a small manufacturing company is able to maintain.
In 1996 it was decided to invest in a new production division: hydraulic cylinders.
Production began in 1996 in the Montichiari plant after an evaluation and preparation phase for personnel and equipment.
Thanks to the new division dedicated to hydraulic cylinders and the experience gained over the previous twenty years in the production of parking jacks, in 1996 we launched the first hydraulic stabilisers on the market: a highly successful product which, as often happens, was the result of a winning synergy.
Since then, we have made several improvements to its design, components, and testing procedures, developing the initial invention over the years and making it more and more performant and reliable.
Internationalisation, relations with British customers and the desire to bring the company closer to and expand its presence in the territory prompted Rima UK Ltd to invest in a commercial branch abroad in 2003.
Today Rima UK is an important commercial branch and a strategic logistic pole 100% dedicated to the British market.
2008 was a very important year for Rima, both in terms of economic results and management choices that led to a new and important change of pace in the following years.
It was in that year, in fact, that the decision was made to decisively invest in sustainability and energy saving.
This led in the following years to the installation of a large photovoltaic system, now extended to the new warehouses and satisfying over 50% of the company’s energy needs, the replacement of all lighting systems with LED lamps, and the renewal of the heating system with efficient, low-energy solutions.
In 2012 Sirca was taken over by Rima and the slewing rings and ballbearing turntables manufacturing was integrated into the group.
In the following years , the premises were restructured and expanded, the production facilities were completely renovated and every process was subjected to Rima Spa’s quality procedures and audits.
The five-year period 2017 – 2022 was a period of major investments. The production of Rima Spa and Sirca was strongly renewed and expanded, and we updated the production layout and internal logistics.
This gave us new skills and prompted us to invest in people who are still involved in analysing and improving internal production and logistics flows.
At the same time, we replaced and integrated several production facilities, replaced management software and invested in much, much training.
2018 was the year of digital transformation, a very important year in which we invested in new management software, new resources and new skills, abandoning the faithful AS400 that had accompanied us for several years.
This investment, driven by the need to further develop the production interconnection begun in previous years, led to great internal growth, transforming the logic behind processes and information flows and pushing every resource to get involved in developing new procedures and daily practices.
In the same year, we seriously structured our corporate welfare system by also bringing it onto an integrated digital platform and dedicating internal resources to its development and internal communication for its proper use.
During 2022, work began on the extension and renovation of the offices to ensure greater working comfort for everyone who works at a desk.
The offices were enlarged by giving centrality to the well-being of the worker: building a healthy environment with the right ratio of natural and artificial light, where the correct temperature, ventilation and sound insulation is guaranteed all year round.
The classic concept of open space was abandoned in favour of transparent and flexible environments that encourage relationships between colleagues, sharing and exchanging opinions.