Continuous innovation since 1919

Continuous innovation since 1919

Technological innovation and knowledge represent a considerable asset for SACMI: the distinctive sign with which the Group operates, in the various sectors of activity, on international markets.

Research and Development

SACMI dedicates great energy and capital to the R&D sector, in order to promote new technological applications for the improvement and evolution of its range of products. 

The reference point for all the Group's businesses is the Imola Research & Development Centre, a network of chemical-physical laboratories, testing departments for prototype testing and pilot plants for ceramics, closures and beverage, located in the heart of the European mechatronics district. 

In addition to having its own Research Centre, the heart of the R&D activity at the service of all the Group's businesses, SACMI acts as a partner and sponsor of numerous higher education institutions, universities, laboratories and research centres in Italy and abroad, as well as institutions and associations in the sector, for the development of targeted industrial research projects. 

sacmi innovation lab

Research and Development

R&D and education investments

>150mln euros along last three years.

Innovation services




MAN-DAYS customer training (2020)


hours internal staff training (2020)

Leadership in Technology

The ability to develop proprietary technologies to manage each stage of the production process distinguishes the SACMI proposal. In particular, SACMI is the world's leading supplier of machines and systems for the ceramic industry and is a technological leader in the closures sector, with the design and marketing of machines for the production of plastic caps and crown caps.
Over the years, SACMI has developed process technological innovations capable of becoming an international reference standard. The ability to work alongside the customer in implementing the best technical solutions, together with the Group's strong vocation for plant engineering, have strengthened SACMI's role as a single partner capable of responding to the real needs of the customer and the market.

Leadership in Materials

A deep knowledge of materials and processes is the basis of SACMI's ability to develop innovative solutions and excellent services for its customers worldwide. The company stands out in particular for the daily research activity on new materials, carried out in collaboration with major institutions, Universities, associations in Italy and around the world.
From ceramics to plastics, the ability to develop certified solutions and to carry out all the necessary laboratory tests in-house offers the customer the maximum guarantee of results already in the pre-industrialisation phase. In addition to projecting the company to the top of the market, this policy has proved to be strategic to respond with effective and performing solutions to an increasingly demanding market, where the quality of products goes hand in hand with the challenges of the circular economy and with new trends in design and styles of consumption.

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Leadership in Materials


The future of ceramic kilns: EU recognition for the DREAM project led by Sacmi Forni

The European Commission lists the project - completed successfully in September 2019 - as one of the co-funded 'success stories' of the Horizon 2020 programme. The outcome? A predictive model to accelerate innovation, with net consumption savings, higher efficiency and reduced emissions.

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