Progalvano Open House 2023


An European Hidden Champion

On May 5th, 2023, Progalvano invited customers and partners to its Open House on the occasion of the opening of the new main headquarter with connected production in an industrial park on the outskirts of Milan. Festivities and a tour of the production facility were on the agenda.

The visit of the new Progalvano production plant at Open House 2023

The brand-new, elongated business building of Progalvano presents itself in a flawless brick red. Freshly laid tables and chairs stand under numerous pavilions, and in the background caterers prepare a buffet with regional specialties: In front of the entrance door, the European, Italian and Korean flags flutter on flagpoles. The guests list includes many Italian and foreign suppliers and customers.

Before the rush for the delicacies, the program first includes a tour of the production facilities. 5.100 square meters covers the new company headquarters with production. Francesca Cuzzolin, Sales & Marketing Manager, is in her element here. In the sales office, she stops in front of a large world map showing the markets in which the company operates. She explains the commitment to locally rooted production with global aspirations with the well-known slogan “Think locally, act globally“.

In addition, Francesca announces and praises the work of the sales department with Alessandra Pieragostini for the DACH region and Chiara Brambilla, who speaks Chinese, for China and the Far East. After all, the small sales team, which also includes export manager Luka Premru, speaks seven languages.

The new Progalvano plant has highly automated production

A global player with 35 employees, is that even possible? Part of the answer becomes apparent when looking over the shoulders of the two product designers, who simulate barrels and write CNC production programs on double screens. Customizing is what Matteo Cuzzolin calls this important production step, in which the barrels are virtually adapted, for example, for the production of screws for eyeglass frames or special applications in the aerospace sector.


Automated Production Progalvano


The second part of the answer is found when walking along the production line, which leads from the warehouse in several production steps to assembly and is lined with racks of building materials. CNC programming is automatically put into practice at the numerous CNC milling machines in the hall. They bring plastic discs made of polypropylene into shape. Elsewhere, automated equipment is used for welding, laser cutting or plastic injection molding to cast plastic granules into plastic components. A total of 33 steps are required to produce the finished product, including product markings on the barrels for tracking purposes. It is a highly automated networked production process that is hidden behind the walls of the plant on Viale Lombardia


Plastic Gear for a Plating Barrel


Real-time control possible: PM System

In front of a row of barrels almost as high as a man, Matteo begins his speech.

3.000 barrels were produced last year. He emphasizes the quality management and the precision of the barrels, then it goes on to the assembly, where the individual parts are still largely assembled by hand at workbenches to form the finished product. In the individual segments of the barrels, the contacts for the power supply can be seen while workers tighten screws.

The experts at Progalvano have also thought about the data requirements for the digitization of electroplating plants. At the center of the assembly area is a special barrel line. It is equipped with automation that allows “real-time control” of the plating process. “You know every moment what is happening in the barrel”, explains Matteo. The power input is always in view: Indicated are, for example, how many amps are used for plating or even heating.

The final speech at Open House 2023: looking to the future

We want to celebrate the efforts of the company and the work in the new headquarter with expanded production, realized with smart investments” and despite mixed economic-political omens in the face of crises and wars, Progalvano will be putting positive thinking in the foreground.

Progalvano is looking ahead to the future – and with its high degree of automation, networking and production flexibility, and not least its regional ties, it is obviously well positioned to do so.


Cuzzolin Family, Progalvano

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Progalvano appears on Galvanotechnik

Our new Headquarter, our efforts in technology and materials: the last achievements of Progalvano

Recently, the well-known magazine Galvanotechnik, a reference point in galvanic field, dedicated us an article, talking about the latest achievements and investments of Progalvano, for the future. in details, the article talks about:

  • our new headquarter in San Giuliano Milanese
  • our investments in industrial technology
  • our investments in materials in order to improve the quality of barrels

The new headquarter of Progalvano in San Giuliano Milanese

Galvanotechnik underlined the high turnover, the dimensional growth of Progalvano and the rising demand on the Global market.

This led us to the search for a suitable place of working, studying and improving.

Thanks to our new headquarter, always in San Giuliano Milanese, we brought all our different sites under a unique bigger building.
Moreover, we had the chance to re-design our industrial processes and operations in a more efficient and scientific way.

All this is leading us with strength and enthusiasm in our daily work.

Our investments in industrial technology

Galvanotechnik goes on talking about the investments that Progalvano made in R&D.

In 2018 our company started a process of digital transformation of all its departments.
This has facilitated the communications between offices and speeded up all the operations. Moreover, the purchase and use of new CNC machines and new custom made machines for treating plastic brought Progalvano to maximize the manufacture of its plating barrels.

Today, we can produce more than 300 plating barrels per month. However, it’s not enough for us, our target is to improve this number thanks to the arrival of another machine within the end of 2022.

Our investments in materials and components for the improvement of our barrels

The last issue treated by the Magazine is linked to the investments in materials and components in order to give the plating barrels a higher quality.

Thanks to the feedbacks received from our customers, our R&D Manager developed some useful technical solutions.

More in specific, after some key tests at University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano), Progalvano introduced:

  • a new range of closing clips
  • new polymers for some small components
  • better cathodic contacts

All these efforts brought achievements in terms of product offer.

For the next future, Progalvano will keep on working in order to confirm the good results achieved up to now.

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Progalvano appears on Galvanotechnik

Progalvano is part of Industrial Innovation Lab

Progalvano is part of the Industrial Innovation Lab of the LIUC Carlo Cattaneo University

Since last April 2021 Progalvano has become an active part of the Industrial Innovation Lab. This laboratory is promoted by the Center for Change, Leadership and People Management of the LIUC Carlo Cattaneo University and by SEW EURODRIVE.


Let’s see now:

  • what is Industrial Innovation Lab
  • why Progalvano is part of it


What is Industrial Innovation Lab

Industrial Innovation Lab is an entrepreneurial laboratory that includes online courses and face-to-face workshops focused on issues like innovation technology and sustainability. In details, the experimental projects carried out within the cultural laboratory aim to promote innovation and sustainable business models within the Italian small and medium-sized enterprises.

At the moment, in addition to the founders, 11 companies are members of the project. Moreover, they are nationally and globally active in the industrial sector.


Why Progalvano is part of Industrial Innovation Lab

Thanks to the precious collaboration with SEW EURODRIVE, Progalvano became an active member of the laboratory, with the aim of enlarging its vision, building up synergies and getting innovative ideas for the future.

In fact, Progalvano is totally oriented towards innovation and its positive approach on the development of new technologies has always allowed the company to expand in foreign markets.
Furthermore, it has allowed us to become a reference point for the design and production of plating barrels and accessories for galvanic plants all over the world.

We are very proud to be an active part of an interesting laboratory like the Industrial Innovation Lab and to be able to open up to discussions with companies in different fields from ours.

Do you want to know more

Read the interview with Progalvano on Industrial Innovation Lab

Special rotor: barrels in stainless steel, pvdf or polypropylene with ss inside

Progalvano, a leading company in the field of Galvanic Industry, develops, produces and sells plating barrels and accessories for the plating shops of the whole world. We have been operating in this market for over 50 years, using plastics and metals of high quality in order to satisfy a variety of customers’ needs.

Some galvanic treatments (a clear example could be Phospating process) require the construction of plating barrels produced with specific materials. Many barrels builders can offer solutions based only on two kinds of materials: plastic or Stainless Steel. On the contrary, Progalvano is able to offer other intermediate technical options, giving the chance to get the most suitable solution.

Our customers are guided by us in the choice of the perfect barrel according to the materials for production, the available budget, the customers’ needs in terms of output and other parameters such as:

The maximum process temperature

  • The chemicals adopted
  • The loading kilograms
  • The drying typology


With the aim of facing the variety of customers’ needs described above, beside the overall standard range of Polypropylene cylinders, Progalvano offers the following special executions:

  1. Cylinders in Polypropylene with thicker panels (15-20mm), intermediate gears in PVDF and hubs in PVDF; designed for working at medium-high temperatures and heavy loads.
  2. Cylinders in Polypropylene having flat bars in Stainless Steel AISI 316 inside the lids and inside the PP rods. This specific device prevents the barrels from deformation due to the quite high temperatures of operation (95-100°C); moreover it confers a solid and robust frame to the barrels and it allows the cylinders to load heavier lots of matrial.

  1. Barrels in PVDF; for chemical processes particularly corrosive, where the usual Polypropylene is necessarily replaced by a very resistent material, that is the well known PVDF.
  2. Barrels in Stainless Steel AISI 316 with closing clips in Titanium; they are specific for treatments having extremely high temperatures, such as Black-Oxide (140°C).

Thanks to these 4 proposals, Progalvano can find the most suitable plating solution for its customers. Moreover, in order to get an even higher level of efficiency and top levels of productivity, for everyone of these solutions it’s possible to match the optional of the automatic opening/closing lid throughout our ROBOT 3000.

The 4 solutions described above are appreciated by a number of customers worldwide and can be considered today as part of our product range. Progalvano is always interested in searching for innovative devices and technical solutions, in order to provide all plating shops with specific and custom-made products.


You could read also our article about the industrial sectors supplied by Progalvano

Progalvano, a wide range of plating barrels and accessories for plating plants

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Progalvano and sew-eurodrive: a tight collaboration

During last 10 years, galvanic industry has been showing its need for customization of plating barrels and plating processes. Hence, Progalvano took the opportunity of studying new technical solutions for improving the performances of their barrels and for engineering new plating machines, as unused prototypes for the plating market.

Probably, the future trend will be more and more special from the technical point of view, and the challenge will be following the market’s variable demand while keeping at the same time, when possible, our range as standard as possible, in order to guarantee fast spare parts. As a natural consequence, the selection of good suppliers became a crucial step, and some of them are today real partners, fully involved in our success.

A clear example of our key suppliers is represented by SEW-EURODRIVE, the well-known worlwide firm of gearmotors.

Progalvano includes Sew-Eurodrive gear motors in several special projects

SEW-EURODRIVE is so appreciated in galvanic field and it’s easy to find this brand in many plating shops around the world. A lot of plating plant constructors, our customers, choses SEW as usual component of their best projects and supplies.

We started a collaboration with SEW-EURODRIVE over 50 years ago and we recently strengthen our relationship, by relying on this company for all our future projects. For our plating barrels we need a good flexibility of customization, reliability, high quality and, most of all, a wide range of configurations. All these features can be find in SEW-EURODRIVE products, and allowed us to offer machines for a variety of chemical processes and temperatures.

Progalvano designes and manufactures plating machine that can load up to 700-800kg of material, and we found in SEW-EURODRIVE the best and specific ranges of low voltage gearmotors that can operate at best even with heavy loads.

Progalvano Minirotors

At the same time, we started equipping our range of small machines, called MINIROTORS, with the most suitable SEW-EURODRIVE gear motors for small lots of material. The result is adding high value to our machines, from the smallest to the biggest.

Beside our plating barrels, we took advantage of SEW-EURODRIVE products for a variety of different projects.

Progalvano Robot 3000

Our ROBOT 3000, for the automatic opening/closing of the lids of our barrels, includes a SEW gearmotor since many years, and that embraces perfectly the whole handling operations of our automation systems.

Progalvano PM System

Another interesting application in which SEW products are involved is our PM System. Thanks to this device our plating barrels can be equipped with a programmable drive for 24/42V AC motors. PM system is an automation box engineered, created and developed by Progalvano in association with an Italian company, leader in electronic and automation. For the first time, a plating barrel is equipped with a programmable drive having compact dimension, in order to have an intelligent machine controllable and programmable also in real time from the PLC of the line.

As mentioned before, Progalvano has dealt with a number of special projects in the last years: unique prototypes to be used in galvanic fields but also in different industrial applications. We found in SEW-EURODRIVE a good supplier in these devices as well.

Many exciting, challenging, plating projects are on our way, and we find all this so instructive. About 50% of our annual production is non-standard, this is becoming pretty normal for us and it is source of pride, even in tough times like the one we live in.


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Progalvano: facing covid-19…without giving up working!

During this difficult moment of isolation, Progalvano is trying to facing COVID-19 emergency keeping its operation as constant as possible. Indeed we are keeping on offering our experience for the Plating Shops all over the world.

Unfortunately, the present situation has temporarily slowed down our production of plating barrels for 3 weeks of stops, however our corporate organization has been able to adapt with flexibility to the new needs of work. In particular, the whole team is working with a higher level of autonomy, trying to perceive the situation as a good opportunity of professional growth.

Our office employees working from home!

Our office team is working from home as many other people in the world, and they operate in good bond and connection. We could say that, in the last months, our Sales Department has never stopped offering Progalvano plating barrels, for a variety of plating treatments. With any doubt, our Sales Team kept on elaborating purchase orders as well, since we have never stopped receiving orders for supplies, machines, spare parts from Asia to America, from Africa to Europe and of course also Italy.

Progalvano is able to keep on operating thanks to the supports of its distributors, agents, and official representatives. For instance, our agent from one side and our Sales Representative for North America on the other, (Mr. Fabrizio Schira )are continuing to promote Progalvano products to old and new potential customers offering plating solutions.

Our Technical department

Progalvano technical department has been a precious resource for supporting both sales and production. They have been able to go on projecting by home our cylinders, plating barrels, special accessories. Their activity has been crucial for carrying on the projects of the orders received during these difficult months, even when the company have been closed. All this allowed us to prepare the manufacturing steps, to schedule production, and to avoid losing time.

Purchase Department, Marketing activity, Administration

Just like the other roles, Progalvano purchase department is working for supporting the provision of materials, semi-finished products and others parts that are necessary for the manufacture of our plating barrels.

For sure, our financial department, the whole Management and our Marketing office have worked continuously and in a proactive manner. They have been following the markets’ trends, the legal news coming from the Government, the Worldwide health situation, and the new opportunities and paths for the future. All this will result strategic for going on working properly in the next months, just like we did so far.

How will be the near future?

Progalvano will keep on producing the orders received and promoting its barrels and brand, participating as exhibitors to some important international events. In particular, in Autumn we will take part in 3 exhibitions in Stuttgart, Moscow and Barcelona.


After having reopened our production department some days ago, we now can’t wait to see our colleagues again and the first challenge will be to make up for the lost time and speed up production for deliverying soon our products to our customers.

Read some more about the events in which we participated.


During the months of October and November 2019, Progalvano will meet its distributors and potential customers from plating shops belonging to Eastern Europe and Asia in general. Actually, our firm will take part in variuos events about Surface finishing technology. Our natural curiosity towards different cultures and the search for news foreign partners will become reality especially in the next weeks, thanks to some international exhibitions and new “matching” opportunities with foreign plating shops and plating plants industries.

In details, progalvano will be present at the following international events:

EXPOCOATING MOSCOW: 17th International Exhibition of materials and equipment for the plating industries.

From the 22nd to the 24th of October 2019, Progalvano will be exhibitor for this specific and well-known event for the Russian visitors. See you at Crocus Expo, hall 1! Progalvano has been operating in Russia for many years, thanks to a good network of local distributors. Beside them, progalvano operates also in markets close by, that have always been considerede a “gateway” to Russia such as: Polland, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Belarus.

► Discover more on Expocoating website!

SURTECH ESURASIA ISTANBUL: 4th International Exhibition on technologies of plating treatments and surface treaments.

From the 7th to the 9th of November Progalvano will be exhibitor @ SURTECH EURASIA 2019 (Hall 10 / booth n. 401) together with company EURO ISTANBUL. Indeed, the ISTANBUL EXPO CENTER will host, within halls 9 and 10, a number of companies and vistors from more than 15 countries.


Have a look at Progalvano’s paticipation in SURTECH EURASIA 2015:



Progalvano will participate for the second time at this interesting event; our involvement in the Turkish market has grown in the last years, together with the development of the Turkish industries operating in the field of: Iron, Steel, automotive, home furnishing, electrical appliance and electronics in general.


► Have a glance at SURTECH EURASIA ISTANBUL website

SFCHINA 2019 SHNGHAI: 32nd International Exhibition on Surface Treatments and Materials for plating Industries.

From the 18th to the 20th of November Progalvano will be present at this influential biennal and global event, within the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC).

For having an idea of the relevance of the SF CHINA, it would be enough to think that the edition held in Shanghai in 2017 registered a number of 11-097 visitors coming from 38 different countries and 338 exhibitors of 20 nationalities, all this within an area of 17.000sqmm.

Progalvano will visit the exhibition and will have the opportunity to meet the Chinese industries that have a “B2B matching” meeting with us. We will be accompanied by our shareholder and partner of PROGALVANO KOREA, Mr. Jung Daekweon, who follows the sales development of the Asian area on behalf of Progalvano.

► For more details on SFCHINA 2019 click here

After the set up of PROGALVANO KOREA in 2014, our interest trowards Asian markets has increased, and today we are investing time and money on this area; as a matter of fact, a new person of our Sales Team in Milan has been hired specifically for the Chinese and Asian markets.

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Sur/Fin 2019 – Rosemont – Chicago IL , USA

SUR/FIN (Surface Finishing USA) is the main exhibition organized and promoted by NASF (National Association for Surface Finishing). This event is held every year in a different venue among Atlanta, Rosemont, Las Vegas and Cleveland; and it is addressed to the American surface finishing industry, a field that represenst a turnover of 28 Billions Dollars. SUR/FIN is the place where the main players of the sector can gather, and this year a number of 180 exhibitors took part in the event, presenting innovative products and technologies for the surface finishing field. Thanks to the high turnout of companies coming from several areas of the world, SUR/FIN is getting more and more strategical for understanding the demand of the market and how this can evolve in the future.


Our partticipation @ SUR/FIN 2019

Dr. Francesca Cuzzolin (Sales & Marketing Manager), Eng. Matteo Cuzzolin (Technical Manager) and Eng. Fabrizio Schira (Sales Representative for US adn Canada) attended the exhibition on behalf of Progalvano. In fact, in the last two years we focused and invested with a significant effort in the American market, by leaning on our local representative set in Buffalo, NY. All these efforts are bringing good results and Eng. Schira has turned into the acknowledged reference for Progalvano in the US.

In details, the products the Progalvano showed during SUR/FIN 2019 were:

  • a “ROTOR EXPORT 2000”, the most sold and well-known barrel model of our range. This plating barrel can offer very good performances in terms of technology, reliability, efficiency, quality and pricing.
  • A “PORTABLE MINIROTOR DC” with extractable panels; a small barrel designd for producing minimum lots and samplings.
  • Overall spare parts, especially for the tanks of our rotors – discover the complete range of Progalvano plating equipment.

Our machines summoned the attention of visitors coming from a variety of countries, in particular plating shops from Michigan, Illinois and even Mexico. This has been an opportunity to make agreements with new potential distributors and to strengthen the existing relationship with our customers.

At SUR/FIN, Progalvano played as a leading company in the field of plating barrels and plating accessories, a firm that exports its products all over the world since 50 years.



Progalvano: a symbol of italian innovation

We can definitely say that at SUR/FIN 2019 Progalvano has shown its potentialities and the very typical “Made in Italy” way of producing: the long-time expertise, the continuous research for the best industrial processes and the development of customized projects in the electrochemical plating field, allows us to operate globally.

Moreover, the importance of the quality of the raw materials used for production (PVDF, PP, PE and many more) achieved a huge success.

These are the points of strength that make us possible to anticipate the market’s needs, developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art machines that can suits the requirements of all customers.


See you @Surfin 2020 in Atlanta!

The evaluation of the last edition of SUR/FIN has been extremely positive: we found out new customers and quoted a number of projects. Our participation has been crucial for increasing our visibility and improving our brand image, that’s why Progalvano is already working on its attendance for the 2020 edition that will take place in Atlanta from the 15th to the 17th of June 2020 at the World Congress Center of Atlanta, Georgia.

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We look forward to hosting you from 3 to 5 June, at our stand no. 1112, USA.




We will be pleased to welcome you on 14 and 15 March, at our stand no. 809 at the CINTERMEX Exhibition Centre, in Monterrey – Mexico.


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