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“We operate in a niche market,” explains CEO Maurizio Rizzi. “Cylinder production is quite exciting, and it is absolutely essential to work in accordance with the highest quality and safety standards. In almost 40 years, we have never had any issues with our products, which is quite exceptional and sets us apart from the competition.”

Eurotre was founded 39 years ago and has always concentrated on the production of gas cylinders. In May 2015, the company became part of CER Industria Srl, another specialist company in gas cylinder production with roots dating back to the 1970s.

CER is part of the Sapio Group, which has produced and sold refillable cylinders for compressed and liquefied gas since its foundation in 1922. Furthermore, Eurotre has a 60% stake in the gas cylinder specialist Argon Srl.

“Due to its history and structure, Eurotre is an important market player in Italy,” states Mr. Rizzi, who has been working with CER since 1990. “There are not many competitors, and Eurotre and its partner Argon Srl are among the top international players.”

Eurotre has always focused on its core business and possesses considerable profiency and knowhow. Non-refillable gas cylinders are highly specialized products with limited application fields. The company relies on a workforce of 18 highly committed employees, along with automated processes thanks to high- performance robots and equipment, to produce gas cylinders from 0.5 to 2.2 l.

Production is located in Castelnovo di Sotto. “Eurotre stands for 100% quality made in Italy,” underlines Mr. Rizzi. “Every single component is produced in Italy in accordance with the highest quality standards.”

Certifications such as EN 12205 and UN ISO 11118 according to the TPED directive underpin this quality-driven approach. Eurotre produces more than one million cylinders each year. The cylinders have different dimensions and are equipped with different valve threads (approved according to EN ISO 13340) depending on their final application. Each product undergoes strict tests to ensure quality and reliability.

“We are talking here about 110 bar products,” explains Mr. Rizzi. “And we have never had problems in all those years, not one single incident. Our products are certified and carefully tested; we work with entirely automated pressure tests and carry out burst tests on samples. This is the only way to guarantee total product reliability.” Eurotre controls the entire production process. “Only when it comes to varnishing do we work with a reliable partner.”

Non-recyclable gas cylinders are mainly used in the food and beverage industry for industrial processes such as welding, in aquariums and for party balloons. “Sparkling water dispensers for home use are a typical application,” adds Mr. Rizzi. “The supply of CO2 demands compliance with strict regulations; furthermore, product traceability is compulsory.”

This challenging product portfolio builds the basis of annual sales of 4.4 million EUR, while its partner Argon generates profit from 3.5 million EUR. “At the moment, Eurotre and Argon are two completely independent companies,” says Mr. Rizzi. “Our purpose is to join forces in the near future. We believe that this would strengthen capacities further.”

Eurotre has ambitious plans for the future but will never lose sight of its traditional values. “We aim to enter new markets such as Canada and North America,” states Mr. Rizzi. “In addition, we are interested in developing innovative fields of application and concentrate on working out recycling options. So far, gas cylinders cannot be recycled, but we hope that this will change eventually. The automotive industry could be interesting for us. We are thinking here of airbags for instance. However, what matters most is keeping up our high quality and safety standards and to meet the demands of our clients through flexibility.”

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