Who we are
The strategy of success of the PEI Group emerges from the intuition of the founding partners in recognising the importance of workplace safety, which has lead, beginning from the 1980s, to the significant development of the market for protective covers in machine tools.
Innovation, quality and constantly keeping an eye on the sales prices are the driving values of the PEI Group, a leading manufacturer in Italy and Europe of protective covers for machine tools.
The experience gained in over 40 years presence on the market has lead to an amalgamation of commercial and managerial competence with extensive know-how in production engineering. By striving for constant technical innovation, the Group has succeeded in attaining over 70 international patents up to the end of 2021.
In order to offer bellows, aprons, roll-up and telescopic covers suitable for the continuously evolving customer or market requirements, the PEI Group invests more than 4% of its annual turnover in Research and Development.
The commercial structure of the PEI Group consists of a widespread network of commercial technicians and thus guarantees coverage across the whole of Italy and Germany as well as a major part of the rest of Europe. Through trade agreements, products “made by PEI” are distributed worldwide. The past few years the Group has experienced a strong growth and turnover abroad has reached 50% of the total turnover.
The Bologna-based Group has over 300 workers, who operate at five production sites:
P.E.I. Srl (based in Calderara di Reno, Bologna), Zanini S.r.l., which produces light structural work (based in Zola Predosa, Bologna) S.P.E.R. S.r.l., a company which produces glued bellows, circular sewn and heat-sealed bellows, and telescopic steel protections (based in Cremona).
In 2011 the production of bellows for buses started in the new Factory in the Republic of Serbia and in 2013 an identical production started in Brazil.
A contributing factor to the success of the Group is its widespread network which guarantees coverage across the whole of Italy, paying particular attention to the areas in which machine tools production is concentrated in our country.
However, the Group’s objectives spread much further afield than the Italian borders: in 2016, over 40% of its turnover came from foreign shores.
Thanks to the wide experience gained in the German market, the P.E.I. Group decided to expand its presence in Germany. As of March 2011, instead of just one base situated close to Munich, it has established four.
Those bases are situated in the high profile regions for the construction of machine tools. Four German commercial technicians, proximate to their customers, are in direct contact with the Italian production plants.
Through trade agreements, "made in P.E.I." products are distributed worldwide.