Shipyards: Persico Marine - Italian Pride
Back in 1976, a 29 year old Italian craftsman designer Pierino Persico set up a company destined to make history in a sector that in that period was not in the founder’s mind at all: racing boats. Well from America Cup teams to Imoca ones and The Volvo Ocean Race, right up to the Wally. The clients of this Nembro shipyard near Bergamo in north Italy represent the top end of the yachting world. We asked Marcello the founder’s son who has been at the helm of Persico Marine since 2009 how is it that this virtuous reality of Italian entrepreneurship has managed to earn respect enough in the difficult world of yachting to the point of obtaining orders from every corner of the world.
Mister Persico, can you tell us something about the origins of the yard in a few words? Persico Marine is 100% owned by Gruppo Persico. It contributes with 15% of the total sum invoiced. The Group which is controlled by the family invoices 175 million euro, it includes two “sister” companies, namely Persico automotive and Persico Industrial. The first of these two represents the Group’s “core business” – meaning the production of moulds and plants for the interiors of motor cars, but mainly the more noble parts like the linings of doors and dash boards. To do this we deploy various types of material, often enough the materials deployed are noise dampening with thermal insulation, we can also print skin with believe or not stitching included! Between Italy and Detroit where we have another manufacturing plant we currently employ about 500 people. As for the Industrial division, well that’s where we print plastics and thermal plastic for the industry.