Foundation stone of the new Teapak facility laid. Cefla overseeing project as General Contractor:

Today saw the laying of the foundation stone of the new TeaPak (Yogi Tea Group) production facility.

As general contractor, Cefla will be overseeing the entire project: from the building of the facilities to the planning and installation of latest-generation systems. Covering approximately 12,000 m2, the facility will be built in Imola’s industrial district, alongside our own headquarters.

Teapak is the European hub for the blending, sachet filling and packaging of herb teas made under the Yogi Tea brand. Our President together with Andrea Costa, Managing Director of Teapak.

Cefla’s turnover in 2018 surpassed 560 million euro

The growth of Cefla Engineering (formerly Cefla Plant Solutions) contributed significantly to the Cefla Group’s positive performance in 2018, represented by Group turnover in excess of 560 million euro, and a positive balance of 21 million euro. A growth trend that continues for Cefla (in 2017 the balance was 13 million euro). Net income was up 8.1% at 30 million euro. Consolidated EBITDA totalled 50 million euro.

The Board of Directors is reconfirmed

Cefla’s Shareholders’ Meeting, after approving the 2018 Financial Statements, confirmed the entire Board of Directors for the next three-year period, 2019-2021. It also confirmed Gianmaria Balducci as Chairman, and Claudio Fedrigo as Vice Chairman “The Board of Directors would like to thank the shareholders and all of our colleagues within the Cefla Group who, through their daily work, have made it possible to translate the strategies of the managerial group and the guidelines of the Board of Directors into numbers,” declared the Chairman, Gianmaria Balducci.

The investments and values to meet global challenges

Overall, 47% of Cefla’s income was generated in Italy, 30% in other European countries, and 23% in the rest of the world. Despite global macroeconomic uncertainty, Cefla invested over 30 million euro, all self-financed, with each Business Unit acquiring a number of important orders, and through the reorganisation of company processes designed to better meet present and future challenges.

“Over the coming years” – the Chairman Balducci continued – “Cefla will continue to be able to count on the company’s distinguishing values, which have guided the company since 1932. These values drive us on in our constant striving for improvement, in our incessant pursuit of value creation, and are consistent with our mission to improve people’s lives”.

A new cogeneration plant for the city of Cottbus, in Germany

Cefla Engineering, in joint-venture with the company Atzwanger from Bolzano, will build a cogeneration plant in Cottbus, Germany, as part of a government plan to replace obsolete coal-fired power stations.

The call for tenders was issued by Stadtwerke Cottbus, a municipal undertaking from the eponymous German city in the Federal State of Brandenburg. “The contract involves the design, construction, installation and testing of a new 50 MW cogeneration plant, together with all the connected auxiliary systems, including the installation of five Jenbacher J920 gas engines, of 10 MW each”, explains Massimo Pinoli, International Sales Manager for Cefla Engineering. “The Cottbus plant will supply electricity and thermal energy using the most efficient system technologies; as with the plant we already built for Acea in Rome (in the Tor di Valle area), all the heat will supply a city district heating network, serving almost 100,000 residents. For this plant the site will also rely on the collaboration of a network of local partners for the construction activities, including the construction of a two-storey power plant building. The building will contain all the auxiliary systems and equipment of the power plant and a series of 15 hot water storage tanks, approximately 30 metres in height, in a configuration specially designed by Cefla”.

“Cefla, the project leader, and Atzwanger bring their respective skills and experience to the joint venture. Cefla brings the design and operational experience that our engineers and technicians have acquired in important recent projects in the energy sector over the last twenty years,” explains Massimo Milani, Managing Director of the Cefla Engineering BU, and “Atzwanger’s contribution is its operational experience and approach to the management of complex projects in Germany”.

Cefla confirms its partnership with Ducati Corse. Our trademark to appear on Ducati motorcycle fairings throughout 2019

The Ducati bikes ridden by Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and test rider Michele Pirro will feature the Cefla trademark on their fairings throughout the 2019 season.
For the second year running, in fact, Cefla will be an Official Partner of Ducati Corse, taking to the track together with the “Mission Winnow Ducati” team in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, which begins in Qatar on 10th March.
In all 19 World Championship races, then, the Cefla trademark will emblazon the Bologna-built Ducati bikes, which will, of course, have their sights set on winning the title.
In this latest adventure with Ducati Corse, the Cefla brand will be visible not just on the fairings but also on the Ducati technicians/team’s headsets, on the motorhome doors and in the paddock lights, provided by Lucifero’s.
Because when it comes to winning future challenges, teamwork is a must, as Cefla Engineering – which has always made teamwork its key strength – knows full well.
The partnership between Cefla and Ducati continues, then, thanks to the shared values of Passion, Performance and Innovation and a strong sense of belonging to that unique territory known worldwide as ‘Italy’s Motor Valley’, a long-standing hub of innovation and research into ground-breaking solutions.


Cefla Engineering at Ecomondo – Key Energy 2018

From November 6th to 9th you will find us at Fiera di Rimini, Hall B5D5 Booth 035, to discover the technologies, the innovation and the future of the renewable energy.

We at Cefla Engineering provide our customers with all our expertise and the know-how needed, from the design to the plant management throughout its entire life cycle.

We design 360° turn-key solutions

    • From the feasibility study to the definitive project
    • From the executive project to the construction, start-up and testing of the plant
    • We are a technological partner for the maintenance of Power generation, cogeneration, trigeneration plants and technological systems.

Come and visit us at Hall B5D5 Stand 035. Our experts will be available to answer all of your questions.
We are waiting for you!

Cefla Engineering at Tecnargilla 2018

Cefla Engineering at TECNARGILLA, the world’s most important exhibition in terms of ceramics and brick supplies dedicated to technologies for ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware.

From 24 to 28 september at Rimini Expo Centre – Italy.

We design efficient co-generation and heat recovery systems. With over 30 installations in the ceramic sector, Cefla is a pivotal provider to the industry.

From feasibility analysis to design, construction and maintenance, we work with you to reduce costs and improve energy efficiency.

Visit us at Tecnargilla – Hall B1 – Booth 001!

Credits: cover photo by IEG – Italian Exhibition Group

Cefla a prize-winner at ELIS Innovation Day 2018

Four hundred visitors, 54 innovation projects developed by 54 companies, more than 115 young people involved, 8 start-ups. These are the key figures for the fourth edition of ELIS Innovation Day – the Elis Consortium students’ technological fair – held on 21st June in Rome.

The presented projects were linked to seven emerging technologies, a winner being selected for each one.

Cefla was awarded second place in the business process re-engineering sector.

Giacomo Buzzitta and Simone Marino were the interns who, over recent months, worked with Cefla to develop the “Business Analytics & Operation Control on a Maintenance process” project; this allows for the creation of a corporate strategy analysis and operational KPI control model by using a Cloud-based Business Intelligence system.

Starting with identification of the strategic outlines of sector and company and the KPIs relative to the maintenance business, it was then possible to proceed with analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the business intelligence tool, mapping out both the available data and that needed to complete the information framework.

Promoting work experience is a Cefla constant. We believe it is essential to bring out young people’s talents and invest in their skills, especially in industries with a high technology and innovation content.

Cefla is official partner to Ducati

The cornerstones of the partnership – signed by Gianmaria Balducci, Cefla’s President, and Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse – are passion, performance and innovation. Both companies have long histories, both rooted in that same unique territory known worldwide as ‘Italy’s Motor Valley’.

Gianmaria Balducci, President of Cefla, commented on the new partnership by underlining Cefla and Ducati’s shared capacity to “re-invent themselves over time by responding to their customers’ needs and breathing life into new businesses”. He added: “We’re both guided by ceaseless improvement. We’re focused on achieving podium places and share a powerful drive towards optimal performance”.

“It’s with enormous pleasure that we welcome Cefla as a supporting partner in this MotoGP season”, stated Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse. “Cefla and Ducati share a great many values and both set themselves ambitious goals: so we’re confident our partnership will be a successful one.”

Cefla’s new Technical-Administrative Office based in Sesto Calende is dedicated to Leonardo

Cefla Plant Solutions’ new Technical-Administrative Office opened on 19 March 2018 in Sesto Calende (Varese), in Via XX Settembre 53, to meet the operative needs of the Business Line Service – “Global Service” for the client Leonardo.

Leonardo is an Italian leader in the sector of Defence, Safety and Aerospace technologies. Global Service is a contractual model based on solid partnership with the Client for maintenance services, management and revamping of industrial technological plants, production systems and machines.

Cefla considers the client Leonardo an important opportunity both in terms of portfolio and to enrich corporate experiences in the Services business. The service is organised and provided by a team of over 80 colleagues (including managers, technicians and operators), who possess the profiles and technical skills required to organise the projects. Situated in the 8 main operative branches, precisely in the regions of Piedmont, Lombardy and Veneto-Friuli, they are coordinated by the Contract Manager Gianluca Ronga.

“Cefla’s important decision, which entails the deep commitment of the Business Unit and Service Administration, responds to the strong corporate need to improve and consolidate relations with the Client, to consolidate Cefla’s position in Italy, and to coordinate and make the most of the relationship between colleagues from the various operative branches — and technical staff assigned to perform these projects — and colleagues from the Imola headquarters, who daily support the work of external construction yards”, says Gianluca Ronga, Contract Manager for this project.

Leonardo’s main centres and production facilities, assisted by the service of Cefla Plant Solutions based in Sesto Calende, are situated in Torino Caselle and Torino Corso Francia, in Piedmont; in Sesto Calende, Vergiate and Cascina Costa (municipality of Samarate) in the Varese hinterland and Nerviano (Milan), in Lombardy; in Tessera (Venice), in Veneto; and in Ronchi dei Legionari (Gorizia), in Friuli. “Sesto Calende is centrally located with respect to the main facilities in Piedmont and Lombardy, which are all situated at a distance of 1h approximately, and it can be easily reached by train from our Imola headquarters. Convenient logistics make a distant construction yard in the suburbs that is crucial for Cefla easily accessible”, says Gianluca.

The office in Sesto will be the headquarters for the projects and, besides performing managerial and representative functions, it will be the company Leonardo’s centre for technical and managerial Governance.

Cefla’s lay-out style – the new format

The new office in Sesto Calende has been designed with the same furnishings and architectural concept as the Cefla format. The architectural layout is centred on the conference hall, the venue for meetings, coordination and discussions on Cefla’s ideas, values and standards.

About Leonardo Spa

Leonardo, former Finmeccanica, is an Italian company that operates in the defence, aerospace and safety sectors. The Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance is its main shareholder with about 30% of shares. The company has seven divisions, namely Helicopters; Aircrafts; Aerostructures; Avionic and Space Systems; Land and Sea Defence Electronics; Defence Systems. Recording a turnover of more than 12 billion euro in 2016, Leonardo counts over 45,600 employees, 1,400 of whom work for the Research and Development Department. Considering offices and industrial settlements, Leonardo Spa is present in 180 sites worldwide, with an important industrial presence on four domestic markets (Italy, United Kingdom, USA and Poland). For additional information, visit the website

Rome’s Tor di Valle district heating power plant modernised in record time

Modernisation of the Acea cogeneration plant at Tor di Valle (Rome) – implemented by a consortium specially created by Cefla and General Electric – has been completed ahead of schedule. The thermal energy produced by the power plant will be conveyed into district heating systems serving some 40,000 local residents, while the electricity it produces will power the waste water treatment plant or be fed into the grid.

The new Acea district heating power plant features two J920 FleXtra cogeneration units and three auxiliary boilers (with relative systems) supplied by GE and installed by Cefla Plant Solutions. The latter developed all the engineering aspects of the site, handling management of the project, provisioning and civil works infrastructures. The engines will produce 19 MW of electrical power and about 16 MW of thermal power, ensuring an efficiency of over 80%. The three auxiliary gas-fired boilers produce 70 MW of thermal power to ensure coverage during peak demand. Installation of the two high-efficiency J920 FleXtra CHP (combined heat and power) solutions will allow the plant to cut CO2 emissions by 16,000 tons.

Cefla and General Electric will continue their teamwork with Acea by supplying long-term assistance for the smooth running of the two cogeneration engines. They’ll also aid the balancing out the energy supply by incorporating a thermal energy build-up and recovery system; this will ensure a continuous supply of heat without having to run the engines during periods of low consumption or when enough electricity is already available from renewable sources.