ALLA IMMERGAS BOTTIGLIE 100% GREEN PER TUTTI I DIPENDENTI
Il gruppo di Lentigione di Brescello investe per limitare l’uso della plastica in azienda, installando nuove colonnine per erogare acqua e regala ai dipendenti una bottiglia ecologica e termica. Piccoli passi verso una visione sempre più orientata alla valorizzazione dell’impegno nelle strategie ESG.
Brescello 22 febbraio 2022 - Una trentina di erogatori di acqua potabile posizionati in tutte le aree produttive e negli uffici della sede centrale Immergas dove lavorano oltre 600 persone e un migliaio di bottiglie ecologiche e termiche, che consentiranno di limitare al massimo l’uso della plastica in azienda.
«Da qualche anno la nostra green vision» – spiega il Presidente Alfredo Amadei – «è sempre più integrata con il nostro storico impegno per le persone e per i territori dove operiamo. La risorsa acqua è preziosa e non sprecarla è il messaggio che vogliamo lanciare. Piccoli passi, certamente, ma concreti e collegati a una visione del nostro futuro sempre più orientata alla valorizzazione dell’impegno nelle strategie ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance Criteria). Siamo convinti che ogni segnale di cambiamento in senso green porterà valore al nostro fare impresa.
Possiamo immaginare che le nuove bottiglie, tutte rigorosamente “rosso Immergas”, permetteranno di eliminare l’utilizzo di circa 200.000 bottigliette di plastica in un anno. La bottiglia è utilizzabile sia in inverno che in estate e le bevande rimarranno calde o fresche fino a otto ore».
Immergas, tra gli obiettivi dell'agenda 2030 dell’ONU, considera positiva la decisione di eliminare la plastica in favore delle bottiglie di alluminio per proteggere l'ecosistema, aiutare il clima e garantire modelli sostenibili di produzione e di consumo.
Il piano investimenti, già dal 2022, porterà il gruppo che ha chiuso il 2020 con un fatturato consolidato di 283 milioni di euro, che preludono a un aumento nel 2021, verso le nuove frontiere tratteggiate anche dal Green New Deal europeo, puntando sui sistemi ibridi e no gas sviluppando soluzioni per consentire l’utilizzo dei biogas e dell’idrogeno, con soluzioni studiate specificamente per il clima domestico.
58th IMMERGAS ANNIVERSARY: 8 MILLION BOILERS PRODUCED
February 5, 1964 saw the foundation of a company that today is a multinational enterprise dedicated to new home climate solutions focused on sustainability and energy saving, with 1,108 employees worldwide. Immergas invests in people development and achieves a new production record while implementing ESG standards.
A new production record for Immergas with the manufacture of boiler number 8,000,000. It is an innovative Victrix Zeus Superior, a wall-hung condensing boiler with a 54 litre stainless steel storage tank, featuring a new design, high hydraulic performance and maximum efficiency, which can take advantage of tax deductions in force with its Ecological Class 6 rating.
The 5th of February is a special day, as it marks the anniversary of the foundation date of the company that Romano Amadei, Gianni Bacchi and Giuseppe Carra created in Brescello in 1964. A small workshop that today is a family-run multinational enterprise, with production plants in Italy, Slovakia, Iran and China, committed to the development of cutting-edge home climate solutions with a strong focus on sustainability, energy saving and empowerment of people.
The Immerfin group led by Romano Amadei includes 1,108 employees worldwide.
«We have invested and continue to invest in processes and products» – comments the President of Immergas, Alfredo Amadei - «but on this special day, the 58th anniversary of Immergas, we want to thank all the people who over almost sixty years have made it possible for Immergas to grow and develop new ideas. Ideas that are not only recently “sustainable”. We have been following the fundamental ESG values (Environmental, Social and Governance Criteria) since the company was taking its first steps, when it had just a few dozen employees. Today we are investing in training and in our “Laboratorium” Research Centre in order to send a clear signal to the market: change has begun and it will be rapid. The guiding idea, which is also the basis of the ESG criteria, is simple: companies are more likely to be successful and generate excellent profits when they create value for all their stakeholders, namely, employees, clients, suppliers and society in general, including the environment, and not just for their owners. This is the company’s perspective. The company is committed now and will continue to be committed when home climate systems will evolve towards new sustainability targets.”
Over the two years of the pandemic, the workforce in the headquarters of Lentigione di Brescello has increased: there are now 610 employees.
«Last year was very challenging: first of all regarding logistics and the supply of raw materials and also in terms of energy costs» – adds Alfredo Amadei – «We are addressing the many uncertainties we face with this certainty: Immergas actively invests in its people in order to remain competitive in Italy and in the world.”
As early as 2022, the investment plan will lead the group - which closed 2020 with a consolidated turnover of 283 million Euro, foreshadowing an increase in 2021 - towards the new frontiers that have also been outlined by the European Green New Deal, focussing on hybrid and no gas systems and on the use of biogas and hydrogen, with specifically designed home climate solutions.
“As it approaches the 60-year milestone, Immergas is investing in the highest value: the development of its people”, concludes Alfredo Amadei.
IMMERGAS: 1.000 EURO IN BUSTA PAGA
Il gruppo di Brescello ha deciso di premiare i dipendenti impegnati in uno sforzo straordinario per far fronte alle richieste produttive.
Brescello 14 dicembre 2021 – Mille Euro nella busta paga di dicembre, che sarà consegnata a gennaio 2022 a tutti i dipendenti Immergas (agli operai, agli impiegati, ai quadri e ai lavoratori somministrati). È questo il “grazie” che l’azienda di Lentigione di Brescello, di proprietà delle famiglie Amadei e Carra, ha scelto di far arrivare a tutti i dipendenti che complessivamente sono oltre 600.
«Lo sforzo congiunto dei nostri collaboratori, a tutti i livelli» - ha commentato il Presidente Alfredo Amadei - «durante la pandemia da COVID-19 e in questo anno complicato dalle difficoltà nel reperimento di materie prime e componenti, hanno garantito una risposta puntuale ad una domanda crescente di caldaie, sistemi ibridi e apparecchi. Con questo premio straordinario Immergas vuole esprimere la sua gratitudine a tutti i suoi dipendenti».
Il 2022 sarà un anno altrettanto impegnativo. L’azienda ha infatti confermato forti investimenti nell’innovazione, che porteranno grandi cambiamenti nei sistemi Immergas: sistemi sempre più digitali nella gestione e basati su fonti energetiche rinnovabili, senza mai dimenticare il primo obiettivo che rimane il comfort climatico delle case in tutto il mondo. Il piano investimenti, già dal 2022, porterà il gruppo verso le nuove frontiere, tratteggiate anche dal Green New Deal europeo, all’utilizzo dei biogas e dell’idrogeno, con soluzioni studiate per il clima domestico.
INTERNATIONAL IMMERFIN MEETING: LET’S GO GREEN
A meeting in Milan, finally held in person, marks the start of the new global development plans of the group, which is about to end 2021 with a double-digit turnover increase and opens a branch in the Netherlands.
Brescello 15 October 2021 – Finally in person, with all the languages the “Immergas world” speaks daily, 15 countries come together to discuss the road map that will lead to significant innovations: new home climate solutions, more and more focused on hybrid and no gas systems, ingenious formulas to enhance the reliability of products and services to the end customer which Immergas has been offering since 1964, and many initiatives for promoting the Immergas brand in all international markets.
«To us, Made in Italy - points out Alfredo Amadei, President of Immergas – «is an extremely important added value, but just as important is bringing it to all the areas of the world where we operate now and where will be operating in the next few years. As it is happening in the Netherlands, with the opening of our first branch in the country. With Immergas Nederland BV in Zwolle, about 100 kilometres from Amsterdam, we aim to offer our most advanced solutions: hybrid systems and heat pumps. We have just participated in an important exhibition - Vakbeurs Energie - and the response was positive. We wanted to dedicate the first event actually in person, after the difficult months of the pandemic, to an international meeting, in order to establish the key points of the work programmes for 2022 and beyond and confirming our strong investment in innovation, which will bring great changes to the Immergas systems - more and more digitally controlled and based on renewable energy sources - yet never losing sight of the main objective: the climate comfort of homes around the world. As early as 2022, our investment plan will lead the group towards new frontiers - which have also been outlined by the European Green New Deal - to the use of biogas and hydrogens, with solutions designed for the home climate, starting with the expansion (doubling) of the Iran plant, together with ongoing investments in all the other production facilities of the group».
In 2020 the Immergas export share was 54%. Sales volumes have increased by 23% in Romania, by 11% in Great Britain and Slovakia, by 7% in Bulgaria, by 5.5% in Hungary, and by 6% in Poland, while they are substantially stable in Italy and in Greece. The upward trend continued in the first six months of 2021 in a way that leads to the expectation a double-figure turnover increase at the end of the year both in Italy and abroad.
The 2020 consolidated financial statement of Immerfin, the Italian holding company that controls Immergas - which has its headquarters in Brescello (Reggio Emilia) - reports revenues of 283 million euros with over 1,000 employees and plants in Italy, Slovakia, Iran and China.
The 2021 international meeting in Milan provided the opportunity to highlight the company’s long presence in foreign markets, thanks also to the participation of the following markets: Immergas has been active in the United Kingdom with Alpha Heating Innovation for 21 years, in Portugal for 28 years, in Spain for 27 years, in the Czech Republic for 24, in Poland and Turkey for 23, in the Ukraine for 21, in Slovakia for 18, in Hungary for 17, in Romania and Greece for 16, in Iran and in Bulgaria for 8 years.
A focus of the discussion was also the new European legislation on the sustainability of home climate systems and the technical trends of the new lines of Immergas products, which will arrive on the market at ever increasing frequent intervals in the coming years.
«The evolution of the markets where we operate necessarily involves different timescales, since fossil fuel technologies are still prevalent in some countries. At the same time, however, we are seeing the gradual but unstoppable entry of new competitors who, thanks to economies of scale, offer, promote and sell “electrical” and therefore no gas products,» - concludes Alfredo Amadei. – «A time of analysis and reflection was therefore a priority for the Immerfin group, the Italian holding company that controls Immergas. We have done this through a multidisciplinary approach, in order to provide everyone with an update on the new technologies required by the need to save the Planet, making a contribution with our own green vision».
IMMERGAS: “GREENER AND MORE DIGITAL”
The 2020 consolidated financial statements of Immerfin, the Italian holding company that controls the firm from Brescello (RE), positions the group among the leaders in innovation aimed at sustainability and energy saving in home climate systems: turnover of Euro 283 million and over 1,000 employees worldwide, with exports accounting for 54% of its activities. Alfredo Amadei announces new investments aimed at saving energy and using alternative energy sources, such as biogas and hydrogen in hybrid systems. 2021 is expected to see a double-digit increase in turnover both in Italy and abroad.
Brescello, 28th July 2021 - Over the coming years, home climate systems, which for decades have consisted simply of boilers for heating and air conditioning for cooling, will undergo a genuine revolution based on renewable energy sources and the digitalisation of integrated systems capable of opening up new horizons. “We are living through and will continue to live through rapid changes and we are faced with so many opportunities, which Immergas is committed to grasping, as it has always done for almost 60 years, in order to provide the utmost comfort to houses the world over”, said Alfredo Amadei, Chairman of Immergas. “We have chosen to continue investing in innovation and Italian-made products, and we are ready to tackle new challenges. Our integrated hybrid systems (boiler, heat pump, increasingly digitalised smart systems for regulation and control) are at the heart of our future. The way forward is clear: The Hybrid Change - Chance. This is a big change and a great opportunity that the terrible pandemic year has only accelerated further. The new European and other climate regulations constitute a historic challenge for the entire thermotechnology sector. In the coming years, Immergas will become greener and more digital. Starting as early as 2022, our investment plan will push the group towards new frontiers, as outlined by the European Green New Deal, involving the use of biogas and hydrogen with solutions tailored to home climate control”.
The holding company's capital strength allowed it to survive 2020, which will be remembered as the year of the pandemic, reaching a production value of Euro 283 million, of which 54% was generated on foreign markets, in line with that achieved in 2019. The main profitability indicators were maintained at levels capable of sustaining the group’s investment plan and operational management: return on equity (ROE) was 9.16%, compared with 9.93% in 2019, while net profit amounted to Euro 28 million, compared with Euro 27.5 million in 2019.
“All the companies that form part of the Immerfin group”, Mr Amadei added, “have proven able to react to the difficulties of the first half of 2020 thanks to targeted commercial actions which, together with the launch of new products, have guided and incentivised the national and foreign sales force to achieve developmental objectives that will be even more evident this year and in 2022. The first half of 2021 went well both in Italy, thanks partly to incentives, and abroad, and we are expecting to close 2021 with double-digit growth in turnover, despite the global difficulties in procurement of raw materials and the pandemic-related risks still present”.
The Immergas brand has confirmed its position as the leader in Italy in the condensing-boiler and hybrid-system segment, whereas abroad, the home climate solutions market saw varying trends in 2020 depending on geographical area and geopolitical context.
“The Immerfin group”, Mr Amadei commented, “has guaranteed continued employment for over one thousand employees worldwide. We are continuing to build our vision around policies aimed at valuing our human resources, with a focus on training and maintaining a high level of operating safety. We have gradually reopened our headquarters in Brescello to training activities aimed at professionals in the thermotechnology sector, who continue to represent one of our strengths. Sales of gas boilers in the markets in which we are present and well-established through our network of commercial branches (14 in total) were more or less in line with the previous financial year. Specifically: volumes increased by 23% in Romania, 11% in the United Kingdom and Slovakia, 7% in Bulgaria, 5.5% in Hungary and 6% in Poland, and remained more or less unchanged in Italy and Greece. In the coming months we will bring all our international partners together in Milan to trace the post-pandemic roadmap and confirm our worldwide development plans, starting with the upgrading (doubling) of our plant in Iran, together with ongoing investment in all the group's other production facilities”.
Research and development will continue to be strategic, with a Brescello-based team dedicated to new technological challenges, in terms of both the application of biogas and hydrogen and the increasingly significant introduction of digital technologies during the design and production phases and in individual products and systems.
A total of 34 new products entered into production in 2020, including boilers, hybrid systems and heat pumps, with eight new boiler models for foreign markets and as many as 21 new hybrid/non-gas product codes.
“At the product level”, said Mr Amadei, “our decision in recent years to focus on integrated hybrid systems is proving to be an adequate strategy for tackling the new challenges imposed by the 2030 targets on emissions and energy efficiency, as well as the subsequent targets aimed at achieving energy neutrality by 2050. Proof that the investment in the new Research Centre, Laboratorium (inaugurated in 2018), and in new solutions orientated towards sustainability and energy saving is paying off can be found in the market data: in the top segment, with the highest technological content and where digitalisation is coming into force (hybrid systems), sales of all brands of the Immerfin group, and particularly of Immergas and Alpha Heating Innovation (which has been active in the United Kingdom for 20 years), were up considerably in 2020 (+22%). The beginning of 2021 saw confirmation of the signs of recovery that began in the second half of 2020, thanks in part to investments in business continuity, such as the tax breaks introduced by the Italian government (110% bonus and invoice discounting)”.
In this complex economic scenario, all of the Immerfin group’s companies recorded an increase in turnover in the first half of 2021, compared with both the previous year and the forecasts, both in Italy and abroad; however, the recovery of the home climate system sector as a whole is being hindered by the global shortage of raw materials, which is a genuine emergency that is affecting business continuity.
“Ours is a long-term horizon, looking 10-15 years ahead”, concluded Mr Amadei, adding “the increases in turnover we have seen in the first half of 2021 are certainly the result of ongoing investment in hybrid systems that we have had in place for several years now. Our training programmes for installers do not merely cover the technical and technological aspects, but also deal with 360° consultancy for the end customer. In this role, Immergas wishes to continue to be, as in the past, a visible and concrete point of reference and a partner for designers, installers and the entire sales network, both in Italy and abroad. Furthermore, incentives have also had a positive influence In Italy, together with the active role played by Immergas in making the change sustainable”.
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