Merlett Tecnoplastic S.p.A.
Merlett is the European leader in the market of flexible PVC hoses, for technical, industrial, agricultural, marine, building, transport and foodstuff industries. The group manufactures in Italy: spiral hoses (rigid PVC spiral, copper-plated or galvanized steel spiral), braided hoses (polyester yarn reinforcement), corrugated hoses, Armorvin, Superflex and Vacupress, using different technologies and materials, such as PVC, polyurethane, thermoplastic rubber, polyethylene, EVA.
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Our company embraces a family history made of people, ideas, successes and sacrifices, to provide a variety of hoses made of plastic materials intended for different uses.
Our journey began over 60 years ago, an adventure embarked on by a family, with ability and tremendous commitment, which led to the name Merlett being known on every continent.
In the marketplace since 1952, the company has been renewed many times to stay at the forefront of the market. The materials used, suitable and certified at the time of processing, are one of the strengths of Merlett, which from the original production exclusively in PVC has diversified also manufacturing in PU, PP, EVA and thermoplastic rubber.
Merlett Tecnoplastic is today a leading manufacturer of flexible technical hoses in plastic materials.
We have come a long way from a small town in Lombardy to arrive worldwide.
It's thanks to the initiative of the two founding partners TECNOPLASTIC started in Varese in 1952, to Manufacture thermoplastic material.
The company started with just six employees, but the strategy was to reinvest any profits in technology and machinery, this professional outlook meant that in 1965 TECNOPLASTIC had already changed and expanded home twice.
To follow the directives of the market, the company diversified its activities by founding MERLETT, which was then a completely independent company.
In 1969, the two companies merged: hence the MERLETT TECNOPLASTIC Corporation.
Following further growth, within ten years the company moved to the current headquarters in Daverio (Varese).
The development of our structure followed by the opening of branches with warehouses in Europe.
The Company's strategy has always been from the beginning to give customer service and quality in the shortest possible time. It is for this reason that in the 80s to enable the benefit of local stock holding Merlett opened its first branch outside Italy:-
- In 1980 the Merlett Plastics UK Ltd
- In 1994 the Merlett France SA
- In 1996 the Merlett Nor AS (Norway)
- In 1998 the Merlett Benelux BV and Merlett Deutschland Gmbh
- In 2000 the Merlett Nor AS Filial Sverige (Sweden)
- In 2004 the Merlett Iberica
- In 2007 the Merlett Belgium
- In 2009 the Merlett Nor AS Suomen Sivuliike (Finland)
- In 2011 the Merlett Nor AS Filial Denmark
Currently we have 3 production sites: Daverio, our main manufacturing base (approximately 43,000 m2), Varano Borghi (approximately 23,000 m2) and Rancate (CH) Noviteck SA (approximately 3,200 m2) - which was purchased in 2007. In addition we have about 40,000 m2 of external storage. The industrial structure is composed of approximately 130 production lines, 200 extruders and 20 presses, with a daily production of around 450,000 mtrs per day.
The workforce consists of approximately 510 employees, including 400 in Italy and the rest in our subsidiaries.
Currently, the turnover is divided into 4 sales networks:
- Industrial and Agricultural hoses
- Insulation for Electrical wiring
- Flexible shower
- Hoses and accessories for household appliances
The geographical allocation of turnover is divided by about 30% in Italy to 70% Export.
Careful selection of the best raw materials, formulation and production of the granules carried out inside the company, design and development of equipment and technology in our laboratory, careful attention to every stage of the production process, high output quality, maximum customer satisfaction in terms of product and delivery time, service and quality: these are the 'key words' and the values of Merlett, which, from its beginnings to the present, are known and appreciated worldwide. Technical plastic hoses are produced in our two production locations Daverio and Varano Borghi, in the province of Varese, Italy
Listen to the demands of the customer and always pursue new market strategies, which has facilitated the company growth from 1952 until today. A relationship of trust based on knowledge, experience and intuition, a mechanism of mutual and lasting fidelity is what binds Merlett to its customers. Paying attention to our customers' needs has been a key element of the success of the company, which has built over the years a respected name in the industry. On the national and international market, Merlett is known as a leading manufacturer of plastic technical flexible hoses.
At the heart of Merlett it is an 'ethical company' in a free market, a company that wants to make a profit cannot ignore their social and institutional dimensions.
At the centre of the daily commitment of Merlett stands a focus on environmental safety, social issues, local communities and human resources.
All corporate behaviour in the development of business activities is based on the values and integrity in our commitment to an open and transparent administration based on the traceability of operations, compliance with laws and internal regulations, essential to ensure the confidence of shareholders, lenders, as well as its human resources, customers, suppliers and institutions with which Merlett interacts.
In Merlett the entire production chain is controlled and monitored at every stage, production chain refers to the steps involved from raw material acquisition, to the arrival of the goods at the customer. The ultimate objective of Merlett is to safeguard the quality of the product with our rigorous checking process throughout the production chain ensuring finished products fully meet the expectations of the final recipient.
Traceability is vital at every stage, it will be possible at any time to go back to when the hose was produced (date and time), by which operator and on which production line, thanks to a special marking system, metre by metre that Merlett developed to ensure at all times the traceability of our products.
A characteristic of our hose production, therefore, is this timely and meticulous system of controls: immediately at the input (on the purchased raw material), in process (before the granule production), on the hose production line and then in output (quality control), and finally with the end user. Hoses are a vital component in the use as veins and arteries for the functionality of machines sometimes very complex and expensive.
From the winning idea to transform powder of plastics used in the production (raw materials) into granules Merlett has built a dedicated mixing Department that controls the supply of raw material throughout the production sector of the company.
The production is carried out in Italy, at the two sites located in Daverio and Varano Borghi, in Varese province. From 2007 after the acquisition of Noviteck, some specialist products are made at the plant in Rancate, Switzerland.
The production process is integrated with the processing of the raw material that ensures a consistent technical specification and appearance of the product.
Our factory operates a continuous shift system, a 24 hour operation aimed at reducing start up problems and ensuring optimum production capacity and continuous availability of the product in stock.
The quality that distinguishes Merlett products from the competition starts at the base, from acquisition of raw materials on the market. Hoses reach our customer through and established and very efficient delivery network.
Thanks to the technical expertise shown in the Merlett laboratory, we have developed over the years our own formulations/recipes used in the production of our hoses, in a perfectly vertically integrated production process. One of the main strengths of Merlett Tecnoplastic is the control of materials, suitable and certified upon arrival at the Company, we further strengthened our position in 2011 with the purchase of a new granulator, with a daily production capacity of about 75,000 kg.
The hoses that Merlett Tecnoplastic manufacture have various lengths and diameters and are intended for a variety of applications; suction of liquids in flow and pressure, for the passage of air and compressed air; specific hoses are also designed for suction of fumes, dust and scraps, welding and cleaning of swimming pools, for the fishing industry, appliance industry, suitable for conveying food; electrical conduits used to cover electrical wires for industrial and civil use.
In addition to braided hoses that meet the characteristics of high resistance, the production can also have aesthetic aspects, as in the case of Boalum, the lamp standing exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.