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The elegance of structural work

Artistic finishing with attention down to the last detail
Fabrizio BertazzonThe “Piz La Villa” gondola cableway in Alto Adige and the one in Hong Kong, the roofing on Kumasi hospital in Ghana and on a building in the heart of London, as well as piers for the water buses in Venezia lagoon and Lido, are just a few of the “gems” made by Officine Bertazzon, experts for three generations in working sheet metal and in the so-called architectural structural work, meaning the most qualified experts in steel structural work at the disposal of the imagination of internationally famed designers and architects. It all began in the post Second World War period, during the years of economic boom, when Fabrizio Bertazzon’s grandfather set up the Vidor mechanical workshops together with his brothers, soon making a name for itself in the world of standard steel structural work, to then increasingly diversify production as the years passed. In fact, coupling up the
workers’ expertise with research into innovative solutions, the business now ranges from photovoltaic plants to those for skilifts, etc, produces noise abatement barriers, machinery for working tobacco and operates turnkey in Italy and abroad.
“The best part of our market is abroad: we have already worked in Paris, London, Ghana and Spain and are looking with interest towards the former Soviet Union, the Gulf and Mediterranean African countries”, Fabrizio Bertazzon tells us, managing director of the company numbering 50 employees, covering 40 thousand square metres with a capacity to produce 7,000 tons of sheet metal in various materials per year. “I personally follow up 90% of the new contacts with other countries and it gives great satisfaction, also for our engineers and production operators, to work for projects of international standing”. Fabrizio’s next move is to fly to Malta where the firm is currently working on the reconstruction of the doors to the capital, La Valletta, creating a structure in sheet metal and Maltese stone, and on restoring the staircase and rooms in the parliament building. “We are driven towards international markets – continues Bertazzon – because the major Italian construction companies suffer from a lack of cash. Of course, it is not so easy to have foreign custom- ers and projects from a logistic point of view, seeing that we transport medium to large sized structural work, but at the same time they can be necessary for comparative purposes and for the challenge”. Challenges which Of- ficine Bertazzon is capable of taking up, like the latest one: extending the production area by 40% and purchasing environmental-friendly machinery, as proof of the necessity to contin- ually invest in the business itself and in its assets, in spite of the economic-financial problems of the last few years. Were we talking about the environment? They removed all the asbestos from the industrial buildings and covered the main one with a photovoltaic plant, obviously home-made.

From Platinum July 2012, a Sole24Ore magazine



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