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The brand La Metallurgica has been known and appreciated for 70 years. However, this has not prevented us from continuing to innovate, expanding our horizons and our know-how.

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1947

La Metallurgica was founded in Milan under the name of Metallurgica Milanese ...
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La Metallurgica was founded in Milan under the name of Metallurgica Milanese as a manufacturer of flexible and rigid packaging in tin-lead; housed in a small factory in the Lambrate area.

1949

La Metallurgica is one of the first companies to convert its production of tubes from tin-lead to aluminium...
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With the advent of Ciba Geigy Araldite resin used in epoxy coatings, La Metallurgica is one of the first companies to convert its production of tubes from tin-lead to aluminium.

1950

The first Binaca toothpaste aluminium tube with a rounded shoulder...
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The first Binaca toothpaste aluminium tube with a rounded shoulder is produced in our factory.

1951

In collaboration with the Mutti company we produce, first case in the world, the aluminium tube for the food industry...
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The rise is so fast that after only 4 years in business it is necessary to move to another plant, also in Milan, Lambrate. In collaboration with the Mutti company we produce, first case in the world, the aluminium tube for the food industry, specifically tomato paste called “the thimble tube" as a thimble was screwed on the tube instead of a capsule. Read the story.

1955

During 1955 the closed-hole tube is introduced...
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If technology until that time had only allowed producing open-hole tubes, during 1955 the closed-hole tube is introduced: we are among the very first to extrude aluminium tubes with a membrane.

1960

We pave the way in the passage from the use of urea thermosetting capsules to those in polyethylene and subsequently in polypropylene
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Always ahead of the times, we pave the way in the passage from the use of urea thermosetting capsules to those in polyethylene and subsequently in polypropylene.

1964

La Metallurgica is the first Italian company to install a fully automated production line.
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While still working in separate areas (“islands”), La Metallurgica is the first Italian company to install a fully automated production line.

1969

La Metallurgica becomes international and makes a name for itself in the market.
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La Metallurgica becomes international and makes a name for itself in the market; three big names such as Kraft, Star and Henkel become part of our client portfolio, together with other prestigious names like Oreal, Farmitalia, Sandoz; names which will then become historic trademarks.

1972

We install the first line in Italy with a production rate of 120 pieces per minute.
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We install the first line in Italy with a production rate of 120 pieces per minute.

1976

Build a modern and spacious facility near Milan (Albignano d'Adda) where the entire company is moved.
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By now, La Metallurgica has expanded to such a size that, due to reasons of space, it is necessary to purchase a plot of 30.000 sqm and build a modern and spacious facility near Milan (Albignano d'Adda) where the entire company is moved.

1982

We decide to diversify the business and we acquire the Martinenghi company.
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We decide to diversify the business and enter into the field of design, engineering and construction of machines for the production of packaging such as aluminium tubes and aerosol cans; we acquire the Martinenghi company that joins the Group.

1984

We install the first interior coater with an innovative spray system.
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The synergy with Martinenghi immediately proves to be fruitful; in addition to tornietti (small lathes) and capping machines, we install the first interior coater with an innovative spray system.

1990

Martinenghi, in collaboration with other partners, founds Technopack.
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Martinenghi, in collaboration with other partners, founds Technopack: a company which develops complete lines for the production of packaging.

2000

The debut and installation of the first machine called leak control (patented) for the 100% control of the tube sealing...
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The debut and installation of the first machine called leak control (patented) for the 100% control of the tube sealing; within a few years, the machine will be extended to all production lines of La Metallurgica.

2007

During the Cosmoprof exhibition in Bologna, we celebrated our 60th anniversary.
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During the Cosmoprof exhibition in Bologna, we celebrated our 60th anniversary.

2014

Una svolta epocale con il lancio del sistema Digit, la stampa digitale applicata ai tubetti in alluminio (DigIT)
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A turning point with the launch of the Digit system, digital printing applied to aluminium tubes (DigIT) Learn more about digital printing!

2016

“Variable data” revolutionizes the offer of La Metallurgica
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“Variable data” revolutionizes the offer of La Metallurgica completely changing the reference models and the logic used until now in the selection of tubes. Not only photo print quality, but also bold custom designing to make every single tube unique. (Learn more about digital printing)

2016

La Metallurgica won the prestigious international award “Tube of the year”
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On 2 June in Berlin at the World Tube Congress La Metallurgica won the prestigious international award “Tube of the year” in the aluminium category. Learn more on the dedicated page