From local tradition to industrial
Conceria Lorenzo Chiorino was founded in Biella in 1906.
Thanks to the entrepreneurial skills and deep understanding of the
art of tanning of its founder, the small company soon began industrial
production of technical
products and transmission belts to meet the needs primarily of the
Biella textile industries.
At the start of the 20th century, factories used leather belts to
transmit power to drive their machinery. Thanks to the industrial
boom underway in those years, Conceria Lorenzo Chiorino experienced
a rapid growth and
development that led to the expansion of the sale of its products
in Italy and made also the initial approach to foreign markets.
Chiorino’s efforts in studying new leather processing led
the development of products for use in sectors other than textiles,
such as the mechanical engineering industry, saddlery, and agriculture.
In the years following World War II, leather still represented almost
totally all the material being processed, but, as synthetic materials
gain a foothold, the company made radical changes in its
products, its processing and its clientele.
After the end of the fifties, Chiorino was compelled
to make major changes due to developments being made within the
chemical industry and the breakthrough in petroleum derivative products.
The exceptional physical and mechanical performance of plastic materials
and synthetic rubber gradually began to replace leather and, over
the next thirty years, would replace it almost entirely.
Using these new materials, the company initiated the production
of synthetic conveyor and transmission belts, which required significant
investment in plant, buildings and an extensive development of its
scientific, technical application knowledge and its understanding
Since the sixties, Chiorino conveyor and transmission
belts have been essential components for the handling of products
in nearly every industrial sector and have earned a reputation throughout
the world for top quality and reliability.
Since the nineties, Chiorino has expanded and
grown into a multinational group. The year 2001 marked further expansion
of the company with the opening of the new larger factory in Biella
Sud (photo on the left).