Fiorano Modenese, 1978. At age thirty-one, at work in a machine shop offering turning and milling services to the sports car sector, Giorgio Canali’s career prospects were not exceedingly bright. He decided, along with a colleague, to take the proverbial plunge, founding Ci-Esse, in a tiny warehouse.
The company takes its name from the initials of its two founders, Canali and Schianchi. Canali worked as a lathe turner, Schianchi as a miller.
The company experienced an important financial and professional boost following an order from Ferrari. Despite that complex components were extremely difficult to manufacture and, apparently, above CI-ESSE’s technical capacities at that time, Giorgio welcomed the challenge and, with a few bright ideas, was able to deliver all the ordered parts on time. Meanwhile, the first computer numerical control (CNC) machine was installed at the firm.
Along with the automotive sector, the ceramic industry was experiencing steep growth in Fiorano. So Giorgio decided to take yet another risk, buying a new machine for a value of 200 million £, with the firm’s revenues totaling around 70 million. As a direct result of this venture, CI-ESSE succeeded in placing itself in the high market sector.
In 1990 the firm moved from its tiny warehouse to a new, far bigger one.
In the early Nineties, the firm proceeded to buy one of the very first 5-axis machines for the production of more complex parts, then becoming a supplier for Ferrari’s F1 team.
At the end of 1999, CI-ESSE embarked upon a joint venture with a Dutch company, the objective of which was to explore and develop new approaches to Metal Injection Molding (MIM), a technology ascribable to powder metallurgy. After a few years, CI-ESSE decided to finance the establishment of PM-Technology, a firm entirely devoted to the development of MIM.
In 1999 CI-ESSE adopted the standard ISO 9001. A year later, the company moved to a third, still bigger warehouse.
In 2007 the developments in the sector of rapid prototyping pushed CI-ESSE to purchase the first Concept Laser machine for Laser Melting. Then, in 2011, the company would step up its production capacity, by purchasing a second M2 machine from Concept Laser.
In 2013 CI-ESSE purchased an M1 cusing, thus further increasing the additive manufacturing capacity.
In 2016, the company bought 2 M2 cusing machines. In the same year, CI-ESSE installed an X line 2000R®, the world’s largest metal melting machine (160 l build volume).
Thanks to the expertise in the field of chip removal (milling, turning, electro discharge machining) and to the innovative presence in the additive manufacturing sector, the company can offer to its clients all-round solutions: re-engineering of components, layer-by-layer production, traditional machining techniques and quality controls.

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