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In the year 1951 it was realized the first prototype of the 15-punch press capable of an hourly production rate of 85,000 caps. The subsequent tests and modifications lasted more than two years and brought to the first crown cap press, which gave Sacmi a product with which it could conquer the national and, gradually, the overseas markets. By this time it was becoming clear what were to be the two principal lines of production (without abandoning the manufacture of machines for citrus fruits). As regards the ceramics sector, in addition to continuing to perfect the presses, Sacmi had to begin to think about making them automated. They began to manufacture other machines which were needed for the production of tiles: drum mills, the first glazing machines, fettling belts and die-sets. In the crown caps field, if Sacmi wanted to stay in the market, they would have to complete the manufacturing cycle of caps and be able to apply the cork and foil seal automatically. In 1952 it was stated that production had increased by 12. It can also be seen that there was a considerable lack of interest in the machines for fruit. The market displayed this clearly. The basic aims which the Board of Directors proposes should be targeted for 1956 are the following: 1) better technical and administrative organisation; 2) improvement of the equipment; 3) reduction in costs; 4) increase in exports. In 1958 Miceti, the General Manager, retires and the position is assigned to Aldo Villa. The new European Common Market, bringing abolishment of customs duties, leads to the breaking down of all other protective barriers. Industry have to make preparations to fight the battle for price and quality. In other words manufacturing companies have to organise themselves better in order to keep production costs down and, at the same time, make a greater effort to provide their products with ever more modern and efficient technical and technological features. The effects of market integration had not yet been felt at the Cooperative but exports accounted for 26 percent of the company’s annual production and this amount needed to increase in order to obtain favourable results. As far as ceramics was concerned the manufacture of presses reached 68 percent of total production. As for other types of production the percentages are as follows: machines for handling fruit constituted 13 percent of total production, the crown cap machines 12 percent, repairs and other machines 7 percent.
Sacmi's first crown cap press

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