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Concentrating on the "core" businesses (ceramics, packaging) and the considerable investments in the production facility in Imola are the activities on which the Group focused in 2014. It is for example thanks to the expansion of the IPS (injection preform moulding) platform range that Sacmi was able to demonstrate its flexibility in different sectors and with different technologies for the Beverage market in order to satisfy the requirements of its partners, while enhancing the compression technology with which Sacmi revolutionised the international closure market. In this sector efforts and resources are concentrated both on developing caps and containers that are increasingly thinner and performing, as well as on making the technical and technological offer even more competitive (by reducing the cycle times with innovative mould cooling solutions). This is all accompanied by investments for the expansion and technological upgrade of the 360° quality inspection and control systems, both on the line as well as in the laboratory. Solutions that were initially developed for controlling labelled containers have been extended to other steps of the packaging-beverage chain, from preforms to decorated metal caps, and even to CUBE EYE for the 3D X-ray inspection of caps-bottles.

For the Ceramics Division, the Group's historical division, this process has resulted in the development of presses that are increasingly powerful and performing, such as the PH 10000, as well as in the 2014 launch of the new CONTINUA+ (evolution of the Continua technology developed in the early 2000s) for the “one-step” production of large slabs, which are obtained by continuously supplying a bed of atomised powder and transforming it “instantaneously”, thanks to a super compactor, into slabs with a maximum width of 1600 mm and an unlimited length. Currently, it is the top-of-the-range offered by Sacmi in order to effectively respond to the increasing request from international markets for innovative and efficient solutions for the production of this type of format, giving designers great customisation and creative freedom while optimising consumption. Consumption is also kept under control thanks to the downstream integration of the latest solutions perfected by Sacmi Forni regarding the EKO furnace, which has not only obtained the lowest absolute levels of consumption (380 Kcal/Kg), but also reduces consumption by 25% during production downtime, which is a strategic strong point for flexibility when changing formats. Without forgetting the end of line solutions (EkoWrap, EkoRoll and EkoSort), which combine a reduced use of cardboard with production flexibility.

In addition to a greater focus on its core businesses, the company is also concentrating on a targeted acquisition policy, such as the 2014 acquisition of Cosmec, a company in Vicenza specialised in automated brick handling solutions. A farsighted operation that is able to provide a decisive impetus to the Group's position in the Heavy Clay industry, also thanks to the commercial and productive synergy with Gaiotto Automation, the Group company specialised in the design of process automation solutions.

In 2011, Sacmi started the operation for restructuring Carle&Montanari, a historical brand that produces chocolate processing and wrapping machines that - also thanks to the partnership signed with an important Emilian producer in the packaging sector – was transformed into C&M Holding, which includes the companies C&M-OPM and C&M-FIMA, resulting in increased volumes and market shares and being able to position itself, within a few years, as a leading and consolidated partner in the Italian chocolate industry.

The decision taken in Spring of 2014 to sell the entire Plastics Division (including Negri Bossi) to the American giant Kingsbury, was a strategic one. By maintaining and reinforcing the connections with the ex parent company, this guaranteed, due to the increased and diversified customer portfolio, an addition increase in volumes and employment at the Italian manufacturing facilities, especially with regard to the heavy tonnage presses. Thanks to this operation, Sacmi reinforced its own presence in the business by concentrating its investments on the Imola plant, where the large Bi-Powder presses are produced and for which Sacmi is the exclusive supplier for Negri Bossi.

Fifteen challenging years during which Sacmi has been able to supplement its ability to develop process and product innovations with great attention to operational efficiency, group synergies, cost optimisation together with production flexibility, in order to better respond to market cycles and requirements and investing in particular over the past two years in integrated plant engineering solutions for process and end of line automation. An important part of this strategy was the enhancement of our web-based offer, to offer advanced training and post-sales support services on a global scale.

In addition, other activities continued in order to operate in a widespread manner, near our markets and customers around the world: this is reflected by our decision, for example, in 2014 to centralise the Beverage sales management as well as to make new investments in emerging countries and areas with the consolidation of three companies established in Africa – which is the result of a forward-looking decision taken at the end of 2013 after years of intense commercial and technological penetration work to invest in a continent with such enormous potential, also in terms of development of new well-being for the local communities.

2014 ended with the celebration of the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the cooperative. In addition to organising interesting moments for meeting and sharing information about active work policies, the history and values of the Italian cooperation, Sacmi opened its doors to the public on 2 December 2014, with a special event with 4,000 people who visited the plant as well as the Company's historical museum in Imola. An important event, which was marked at the beginning of 2015 by the publication of the cooperative's economic results, which were among the best ever in all Group areas and businesses of reference, which was accompanied by a further increase in the work force, in particular at the facilities in Imola.

On January 22, 2015, on the occasion of Indian Ceramics exhibition, the new offices and factory of Sacmi Engineering (India) Pvt. Ltd., specialized in the manufacturing of ceramics machinery, were inaugurated in Sanand near Ahmedabad.

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