For over thirty years the Retificio Ribola is present in the aquaculture sector with the production and packaging of cages for fish farming, anti-bird nets, barriers and fishing accessories. The Retificio Ribola, in Monte Isola, once the island of nets and net making supplies, has acquired over the years a strong artisan experience and a deep knowledge in manufacturing nets. Research, testing and technology have also changed it in a streamlined industrial production. In this context, the company takes care of the quality, efficiency, safety, tenacity of its products, making a careful selection of the best yarns respecting and meeting the needs of the market. The production is based on a complete process which comprises the steps of warping, weaving, boiling, dyeing, cutting and packaging.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Agriculture - Aquaculture
- Market Focus:
- Internationally (various countries)
A bit of history
The Retificio Ribola boasts a long tradition of packaging and nets manufacturing. The craft tradition that still distinguishes the work of the Retificio has ancient origins. Several texts recall the work done by Mr. Stefano Ribola, ancestor of the present owners, who first began packaging hunting, fishing and aviaries nets since 1876.
Since then all subsequent generations have acquired the handed down handicraft heritage, adapting it to the different needs of the market and manufacturing nets in accordance with the needs of the customers.
The work took place in Monte Isola, an island located in the center of Lake Iseo in the province of Brescia, which during the last century boasted a great experience in manufacturing nets since people had to live by fishing in the lake and for this reason they learned the art of manufacturing and packaging nets.
On the basis of that cultural heritage, Retificio Ribola, in later times, due to economic development and the increase in demand, it decided to start and industrial production of nets.
So, in 1939, in Germany, the first machine for manufacturing nets was ordered. Unfortunately, the beginning of World War II caused that the machine was stopped on the border between Italy and Germany, and there probably dismantled to make weapons.
Despite the adverse events, during the post-war economic boom the Retificio began the industrial production and decided to appear on the European market, starting with a strong collaboration with companies in Germany and France. The production for the European market led to the search for new raw materials of the highest quality.
Since then, the development of the Retificio Ribola has never stopped: a range of production machinery has been extended and several patents have been obtained. But the important thing is that we have never forgotten that craft tradition that still represents an added value of the packaging department which provides several opportunities such as custom-made nets or made following a sample.
In the 90s Retificio moved on land, in order to settle in industrial buildings and as a consequence to facilitate the production, transportation and communication. New sectors have also been developed: manufacturing and packaging have embraced the sport, aquaculture, building, entertainment and safety and the nets have been designed for many different applications. This made it possible in recent years to address to market outside Europe to offer the real Made in Italy.