For the Department of Research and Development of the Isotta Fraschini Motori the main goal is to address the need to design a modular and compact engine, with a favourable weight / power, that is reliable and easy to maintain, as required by the needs of the growing high speed diesel engine market.
The intrinsic research is to confirm the high reliability of the product, during the evolution processes of the single products that must be constantly confronted with the increasingly restrictive regulations respecting the environment.
The Company has recently implemented new initiatives in terms of organization, commercial product development and plant efficiency. The implementation of this policy has allowed the re-organization of production, significant investments in new product development in order to improve reliability and performance, reduce emissions and allow the use of bio-fuels. The new production facility, which includes the area to complete and test the gensets up to 3000 kW, will aim to meet the requests of an increasingly demanding market.
Isotta Fraschini was founded in 1900 as "Isotta Fraschini & C. by Cesare Isotta and the brothers Vincenzo Oreste Antonio Fraschini.
Initially the company dealt with assembling parts and components of vehicles of foreign origin, assembly on frames of its own design and construction, the sale of the cars thus obtained and the marketing of foreign cars.
Soon the company began to design and produce all the parts on its own and in 1904 it became "Isotta Fraschini S.p.A. Milano".
For many years Isotta Fraschini designed and produced exceptional engines for aeronautical, naval, civil, military and vehicle use both for civil and military use.
In the 1930s the factory moved some of its factories to the Saronno area and also later due to the bombing of facilities in Via Monterosa in Milan during the war.
Thus creating an important industrial reality in Saronno.
At the end of the war, however, the conversion of the company from military to civil failed and the company was placed in liquidation.
In 1955 the company merged with the "Breda Motori" of Milan and the "F.A. Isotta Fraschini and Motori Breda" was born with plants in via Milano in Saronno.
Important products were designed and manufactured in the railway, shipbuilding and industrial sectors.
At the beginning of the 1960s a plant for the production of highly successful Diesel engines was founded in Bari -
Towards the end of the 1970s the company changed its name first to "Isotta Fraschini" and then to "Isotta Fraschini Motori" and ceased its activity in Saronno at the end of the 1980s with the transfer of production to the factories of Trieste of the soc. Fincantieri, which joined the production that never ceased at the Bari plant.
Today in Bari , research and development, production continues and is the only world headquarters of the Isotta Fraschini Motori brand.
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