Sateco is born on 1983, just after the privatization of the field for testing and certification of mountain lift and wire rope systems. Until the beginning of the 1980s, the inspections could be performed only by public authorities, such as Polytechnic institutes. The first Sateco members come from this scientific environment. Founded by Fulvio Rossi and Giancarlo Berruti, Sateco lays sound foundations since the beginning: precise callouts, knowledge of the territory, timely production of certifications: three features that lead to a rapid strengthening of the company. The first phase of Sateco history is in a simple world: on the one hand there were the ropes in installations to be tested, and on the other hand, skills, and tools to test and certify them.
A simple world
This first phase is immediately followed by the second one, of achievement and appreciation. Turin, where Sateco is based, is a city located near many important ski slopes, both in Piedmont and Aosta Valley. In a few years, Sateco is asked to perform testing on most popular mountain lift systems in both Regions, thus becoming a point of reference for non-destructive and magneto-inductive testing of the whole area. Beginning from 1985, non-destructive testing is introduced on mountain lift systems, on mechanical components other than on wire ropes. To take charge of all these installations, carrying thousands of people each season, Sateco develops another distinctive skill: the flexibility of its working teams, which rapidly intervene, easily move from one site to another, while technicians develop soft skills.
At the end of the 1990s, Alessandro Rossi, who already supported his father in the strengthening phase, becomes Sateco’s owner and understands that he needs to invest to keep the company growing. In these years, the research and development process that Sateco continues to follow today begins. In this third phase, new development goals begin to delineate, between technological research and opening to new markets. Sateco tests and manufactures new instruments to perform non-destructive testing.
The new markets
The new millennium pushes Sateco towards foreign markets. Testing expands towards different rope installations, not only lift systems. The first jobs are still done in Europe: from Switzerland to Turkey, passing through France, Spain, Portugal, Greece. Working teams begin specializing on testing on industrial plants, and we lose count of the kilometres spanning Turin headquarters from the rest of the world: Brazil, Ethiopia, Malaysia. At now, more than 3,000 installations have been tested, 40,000 wire ropes have been checked on-site without disassembling them, and more than 35,000 vices for installations with automatic coupling have been tested.