Berardi Fasteners marked its first century of business as a solid, yet growing company, under the leadership of Giovanni Berardi, fourth generation of an entrepreneurial lineage that began back in 1919, when Giulio Berardi opened his hardware store in Bologna.
The Berardi Group inaugurated its headquarters in Castel Guelfo (Bologna) in 2017, and today has 12 depots in Italy, 3 associated companies (Vibolt, Vitman, VIBF), and Berardi Maroc, its Moroccan branch. Thanks to this sales network, Berardi serves 8,000 clients with as many as 150,000 articles, 45,000 of which are always ready on stock. With 3.5 billion single parts delivered, the Group’s turnover rose to over €75 million in 2018.
“Berardi is keeping up the innovation process that started in the early 2000s, with new product categories, and customised logistics services, which allow us to keep up with market demands, and anticipate the needs of clients. By offering high-quality products and advanced technological solutions, we became a partner, rather than just a supplier, for our 8,000 clients,” comments Giovanni Berardi, owner at Berardi.
Berardi’s says its added values are best represented by its quality and technical offices. Highly qualified personnel with deep knowledge are always there to find the best technical solutions. Non-conformities are contained to minimal levels thanks to cutting edge equipment and constant training, in an effort to keep ahead of clients’ expectations. Berardi’s quality assurance system is ISO 9001 certified.
Testing equipment includes a tensile strength machine, a salt spray chamber, a fluorescent X-ray coating thickness gauge, a micro hardness testing set, a Magnatest®, a digital optical measuring system, and last but not least, two sorting machines with optical and laser technology. The sorting machines measure dimensions, check threads and head recess depth, verify the uniformity of surface coatings, and can even detect mechanical fragility with a special probe. Thanks to this technology, Berardi can also supply items with defect levels expressed in parts per million, as required for items used on automated assembly lines.
In addition, Berardi’s technical office is fully equipped to develop custom parts from the client’s drawings. Special parts are obtained through hot and cold forging, turning, lathing, or cutting. With CAD 3D, Berardi technicians can also design models with exact tolerances. As an extra service, Berardi offers personalised packaging options, such as fastener kits and custom labelling for boxes.
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