Mission

OVER 150 YEARS DEDICATED TO INNOVATION

Right from the start, the Margaritelli brand was synonymous with timber and railways, helping to rebuild the country after the second world war, opening up new transportation routes. Railways have always been a symbol of progress and civilization, the safest and most sustainable form of transport. Motivated by our deep commitment to technology and product quality, we strive to make our contribution to the development of railway transportation in Italy and the rest of the world. Margaritelli Ferroviaria is reactive, dynamic and has streamlined production processes which allow us to stay abreast of technological innovation and develop new solutions to meet the needs of the sector.

Right from the start, the Margaritelli brand was synonymous with timber and railways, helping to rebuild the country after the second world war, opening up new transportation routes. Railways have always been a symbol of progress and civilization, the safest and most sustainable form of transport. Motivated by our deep commitment to technology and product quality, we strive to make our contribution to the development of railway transportation in Italy and the rest of the world. Margaritelli Ferroviaria is reactive, dynamic and has streamlined production processes which allow us to stay abreast of technological innovation and develop new solutions to meet the needs of the sector.


Margaritelli Group

  • 1870
    OUR ROOTS

    Eugenio Margaritelli specialises in mechanical tools for agriculture and forestry.

  • 1904
    WOOD: A RAW MATERIAL

    Fernando Margaritelli moves the company into forestry and timber processing.

  • 1949
    REBUILDING

    Margaritelli begins producing wooden railway sleepers on an industrial scale, becoming the main supplier for Italian State Railways.

  • 1962
    Fontaines

    The Fontaines sawmill is set up in France, an advanced production facility for forestry management and primary timber processing.

  • 1984
    THE LISTONE GIORDANO PATENT

    Listone Giordano is patented, thus creating an innovative product which quickly becomes a world leader in the high quality wooden flooring market.

  • 1995
    THE LISTONE GIORDANO NETWORK

    Listone Giordano develops its sales channels, introducing revolutionary change in terms of the distribution network in the wooden flooring market.

  • 2001
    HIGH SPEED TECHNOLOGY

    After acquiring Inprevib in the railways sector, Margaritelli begins producing reinforced concrete railway sleepers approved for high speed lines.

  • 2008
    Natural Genius

    With the creation of Listone Giordano Natural Genius, parquet meets distinctive design, the first experimental project challenging architects and designers to rethink wooden flooring for contemporary living.

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Management

The Margaritelli team has a great synergy, team spirit and a shared passion for innovation. From diverse professional backgrounds, the team covers the fields of mechanical and civil engineering, concrete technologies and timber technologies as well as logistics and transportation.

The Margaritelli team has a great synergy, team spirit and a shared passion for innovation. From diverse professional backgrounds, the team covers the fields of mechanical and civil engineering, concrete technologies and timber technologies as well as logistics and transportation.

Dario
Margaritelli

( President )

A qualified mechanical engineer who has been working for the family company since 1984, dealing with Technical Services right from the beginning of his career. Dario is now the chairman of the company board at Margaritelli Ferroviaria, where he continues to personally oversee the departments of engineering and new investments amongst other things.

dario@margaritelli.com

Stefano
Lucarini

( Chief Executive Officer )

With a degree in Agricultural Sciences, Stefano began working for the Margaritelli group in 1992 dealing with the “outdoor timber products” division. Today he is in charge of all the business areas grouped under Margaritelli Ferroviaria. Amongst his responsibilities as CEO he personally deals with trade relations, defines new product development strategies and is the overall head of production.

stefano.lucarini@margaritelli.com

Fernando
Margaritelli

( Head of Company Development )

A qualified mechanical engineer who has extensive experience in various fields within the Margaritelli group, today Fernando deals with new project development and is the driving force behind the continuous improvement of every aspect of the railway sector, from implementing new management models to exploring new markets.

fernando@margaritelli.com

Elena
Margaritelli

( Head of Administration )

Elena holds a degree in law and has been running the administrative and legal departments of the family company since 1997.  Dealing personally with all administrative and legal aspects of sales, managing all the steps involved in business deals from bidding to contracts.

elena@margaritelli.com

Maria Rita
Franchi

( Design and Quality Control )

A qualified mechanical engineer who began working in the railways sector of Margaritelli in 1998. As well as providing technical support for production and dealing with product quality assurance, Maria Rita deals with design and guaranteeing that new products comply with certification standards.

mariarita.franchi@margaritelli.com

Our History

  • 1949
    REBUILDING

    After inheriting the forestry business from their father Fernando, brothers Francesco, Giovanni and Giuseppe establish Margaritelli Ferroviaria, expanding the company on an industrial scale. Specialising in wooden sleepers for the railway construction industry, the company becomes one of the main suppliers for Italian State Railways just as post-war reconstruction work is getting underway.

  • 1952
    Ponte San Giovanni

    The first large scale sawmill and the first impregnation treatment plant are set up in Ponte San Giovanni, where company headquarters are still located today.

  • 1962
    Fontaines

    In order to guarantee an adequate supply of raw materials for production requirements a sawmill for hardwoods is opened in France. Today this is among the most technologically advanced plants in Europe for processing hardwood timber. To optimise the logistics of bringing timber in from France an impregnation treatment works is opened in Val di Susa and an international haulage company controlled directly by Margaritelli is set up.

  • 1970
    THE NEW RODALLO PLANT

    Works move from the Alpine valleys to the Canavese region, near Rodallo, where a creosote wood treatment plant is set up and a large scale autoclave (32 metres long with a diameter of 2.7 metres) used for the first time, with a treatment capacity of 80 cubic metres of timber per impregnation cycle.

  • 1994
    Esterni Eterni

    A range of timber products for outdoor applications is developed, the most successful of these being road safety barriers.

  • 1998
    ROAD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

    In response to new European legislation for road safety regulations the company starts working with Professor Giavotto to develop barriers that comply with standard crash test specifications. This partnership includes the development of seven different types of wooden and steel barriers.

  • 1999
    HIGH SPEED RAILWAY TECHNOLOGIES

    Company know-how in the railway construction sector evolves, moving into the field of prestressed reinforced concrete sleepers. After acquiring the railways area of Inprevib and building new plant in Rodallo di Caluso (Torino), Margaritelli becomes one of the leading Italian producers of concrete sleepers. Central to this development is the introduction of a technologically advanced production system for post-tensioning using sheathed tendons to produce sleepers and cross-pieces for railway switches.

  • 2001
    RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

    Based on international research conducted in conjunction with university research bodies, a new innovative model of mono-block sleeper is designed using pre-stressed reinforced concrete (PRC), the first of its kind to be used in constructing high speed railway lines in Italy.

  • 2006
    ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY IMPREGNATION TREATMENT

    Margaritelli comes up with cutting edge technology developing an environmentally friendly impregnation treatment, which uses an eco-friendly solution as a preserving agent in combination with a paraffin based surface treatment to stop cracking and splitting. The Margaritelli group acquires Italsleepers, a Catania based company specialising in producing PRC sleepers for the railway construction industry.

  • 2007
    AMBRONAY - FRENCH LOGISTICS PLATFORM

    After the deregulation of the railways industry Margaritelli begins expanding into foreign markets, winning a contract to supply the French SNCF with PRC sleepers to be used in upgrading the railway network crossing the Alps.  In 2009, in order to improve service levels for its French clients, Margaritelli opens a logistics platform in Ambronay, where PRC sleepers arriving by rail from Italy are reloaded in consignments for delivery to their final destinations.

  • 2012
    Tours-Bordeaux

    Margaritelli begins supplying PRC sleepers for the high speed Tours-Bordeaux line, completed in 2015 with a total of 315,000 sleepers delivered.

  • 2014
    MARGARITELLI FERROVIARIA S.P.A. IS ESTABLISHED

    The entire railways business area is brought under the control of a single company: Margaritelli Ferroviaria S.p.A.

  • 2015
    Nimes-Montpellier

    Margaritelli Ferroviaria begins delivering PRC sleepers for another high speed rail link in France, the Nimes-Montpellier line. When completed, more than 250,000 sleepers will have been produced for this project. The same year, Margaritelli grants a user license for its patented post-tensioning technology to Rocla Ties Inc, the largest US producer of railway sleepers, for their new facility in Florida.

  • 2016
    COOPSETTE ACQUISITION

    Consolidating its domestic market position, Margaritelli Ferroviaria takes over the prefabrication branch of Coopsette adding a new production plant to its portfolio.

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Facilities

  • Rodallo di Caluso (TO) - Italy

    Rodallo di Caluso (TO) - Italy

    This plant has automated systems and sophisticated monitoring and control procedures for manufacturing PRC products using Margaritelli’s technology for “post-tensioning with sheathed tendons”. Production range includes PRC sleepers for conventional and high speed lines, PRC cross-pieces and customised sleepers for a range of track applications. Railway timber production is also located here, using a new environmentally friendly impregnation treatment method. The plant uses an autoclave which is 32 metres long with a diameter of 2.7 metres and a capacity of 60 cubic metres of timber per impregnation treatment cycle.

    Head of timber production:
    Giuseppe Viesti _ giuseppe.viesti@margaritelli.com

    Head of concrete production:
    Massimo Levi _ massimo.levi@margaritelli.com

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  • Catania (CT) - Italy

    Catania (CT) - Italy

    Established by Italsleepers, this plant has been a Margaritelli facility since 2006, specialising in manufacturing PRC sleepers using Margaritelli’s technology for “post-tensioning with sheathed tendons” as well as PRC and RC slabs for ballastless track.

    Paolo Greco _ paolo.greco@margaritelli.com

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  • Cadelbosco di Sopra (RE) - Italy

    Cadelbosco di Sopra (RE) - Italy

    Established by Coopsette, now a Margaritelli Ferroviaria plant, specialising in Thosti system pre-tensioning to produce PRC sleepers for conventional and high speed lines, PRC cross-pieces and customised sleepers for a range of track applications. RC components for ballastless track are also produced here.

    Andrea Barbarossa _ andrea.barbarossa@margaritelli.com

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  • Bettona (PG) - Italy

    Bettona (PG) - Italy

    The Umbrian plant produces road safety barriers for the Esterni Eterni division.

    Head of Esterni Eterni:
    Luca Corsaretti _ luca.corsaretti@margaritelli.com

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  • Ponte San Giovanni (PG) - Italy

    Ponte San Giovanni (PG) - Italy

    Home to Margaritelli Ferroviaria since 1952 when the company’s first sawmill and the first impregnation treatment plant were set up. Today the company headquarters are located here.

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  • Fontaines - France

    Fontaines - France

    The Fontaines plant, built in 1961 in the heart of the Burgundy region, has an annual production capacity of over 60,000 cubic metres and is one of the largest and most modern industrial primary processing units for hardwoods in Europe. 

    Head of railway timber production:
    Maxime Rousselin _ maxime.rousselin@margaritelli.com

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  • Ambronay - France

    Ambronay - France

    Storage facility for sleepers supplied to French construction sites. A fully operative production plant will also be located here from 2017. This was originally intended as a temporary site to better serve the local needs of SNCF, it has quickly become the company’s main site location for the French market. Annually, 250,000 PRC sleepers currently pass through Ambronay, from 2017 a percentage of these will be produced in situ. The site location boasts excellent rail links making it possible to transport sleepers sustainably by rail.


    Angelo Allegretti _ angelo.allegretti@margaritelli.com

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