From a local tradition to a multinational company
Conceria Lorenzo Chiorino was founded in Biella in 1906. Thanks to its founder’s entrepreneurial skills and comprehensive knowledge of the art of tanning, the company began its industrial production of technical products and transmission belts primarily to meet the needs of the Biella textile industry. At the beginning of the 20th century, leather belts were used to power machinery in all factories. Thanks to the industrial boom under way at that time, Conceria Lorenzo Chiorino experienced a rapid growth and development that led to the expansion of product sales in Italy as well as to an initial approach to foreign markets. Chiorino in-depth research in new leather processing soon led to the development of products for use in sectors other than the textile industry, such as mechanical engineering, saddlery and agriculture.
During the years following the Second World War, leather still prevailed as the preferred choice of material being processed, but as synthetic materials began to gain a foothold, the company made radical changes in its products, processing and clientele.
At the end of the 1950s, the company experienced major changes due to developments in the chemical industry and the breakthrough in petroleum derivative products; plastic materials and synthetic rubber, with their exceptional physical and mechanical performance, gradually began to replace leather and, over the next twenty years, would replace it almost entirely. Using these new materials the company started the production of synthetic conveyor and transmission belts, which required important investments in plants and buildings, as well as a broad diversification of its scientific, technical application and market knowledge.
Since the 1970s, Chiorino conveyor and transmission belts have been essential components for the handling of products in every industrial sector and have become well-known worldwide for their top quality and reliability.
In 1977 the first foreign company was created, known today as Chiorino U.K.
Chiorino expanded and grew into a multinational group.
Foundation of Chiorino U.S.A. (1983)
Foundation of Chiorino France (1984)
Foundation of Chiorino Far East (1988)
Foundation of Chiorino España (1988), now Chiorino Iberica
Foundation of Chiorino Veneto (1988)
Foundation of Chiorino Parma (1989)
Foundation of Chiorino Benelux (1994)
Foundation of Chiorino Deutschland (1996)
Foundation of Chiorino Poland (1999)
Chiorino obtained UNI EN ISO 9001 certification
In the new millennium, the company has expanded its production facilities and R&D activities, strengthening its presence in the world – especially in the emerging countries – with the intention of successfully meeting the constant challenge posed by international competition.
The most important milestones:
Headquarters expansion with the opening of the new Biella South plant.
Chiorino obtains the UNI EN ISO 14001 environmental certification.
Foundation of Chiorino Byelorussia
Foundation of Chiorino Hungary
Foundation of Chiorino Australia
Celebration of Chiorino’s 100th anniversary
Chiorino obtains the EMAS environmental certification (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).
Foundation of Chiorino Romania
Foundation of Chiorino South Africa
Foundation of Chiorino Do Brasil
Foundation of Chiorino Portugal
Chiorino obtains A&O customs certification (Authorized Economic Operator).
Opening of Chiorino Shanghai Liaison Office
Foundation of Chiorino India-Franstek
Foundation of Chiorino Asia
Chiorino obtains Health and Safety OHSAS 18001:2007 certification
Foundation of Chiorino Switzerland.
Today the Chiorino Group employs more than 750 people at its headquarters and in its 19 branches worldwide.
Supported by its sophisticated Research & Development activities, Chiorino proposes increasingly efficient and innovative solutions to keep the high quality of its conveyor belts and to maintain a dynamic and innovative approach to all its products.