A number of hard-cover books have come out over the years recording in print the history of some of our most iconic companies and their people. In 2006 Altendorf released “The Saw” on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. This year Biesse released the hard-cover book: “Machine Made.”
Giancarlo Selci has thought about innovation for many years. He said: “Innovation is passion; it is a flash of inspiration, the fire that illuminates the relationship between man and things”. He added: “Innovation is our driving force. It is my life with Biesse”.
Giancarlo was born in Pesaro where the Biesse company still makes a range of woodworking machines used all over the world. He’s affectionately known as Mr. Giancarlo, a reflection of the friendly formality that mirrors the atmosphere of seriousness and hospitality that reigns within the company.
In 1956, Giancarlo would have been ten years of age and WW2 had just ended. In Northern Italy they were rebuilding and woodworking machines were in demand due to the flourishing furniture trade. The area was set up to build the machines that would rebuild and refurnish not just Italy but, in time, the world. Giancarlo was apprenticed to Benelli motorcycles and, in fact, one of their factories is now a Biesse production plant. Giancarlo served for a time in the armed forces (compulsory) and then started his own business making parts for clients such as Morbidelli, MotoBi (Benelli) and Ottomelara (Fiat).
At the height of the “Italian economic miracle” of the 1960s, Giancarlo produced his first woodworking machine – an automatic machine for drilling slots in closets. In the 1970s, the first numerically controlled drilling machine was developed and this soon became Biesse’s core business. The early 1980s saw the first Rover point-to-point machine released and machines soon found their way to Australia. Like Hoover, Laminex, Bic and Jeep, the Rover name was becoming synonymous with the product itself. Supplier’s Phil Ashley remembers a Rover 33 installed at the first high-tech training centre in Melbourne. Others followed around Australia.
Giancarlo said: “For me, to work is to live, sharing projects with those who stand by my side, and learning by looking around me: everyone has something to teach.
“I like to fall in love with people and projects. Ideas never end, and people hold the real value in life on which we can rely.”
Giancarlo’s secret to a successful company is to delegate and he surrounds himself with intelligent and skilful people who share his vision and dedication. He knows that the human factor is at the heart of everything. The book is an excellent read and gives a deep insight into the Biesse company and the people that are at the heart of the innovation – the driving force that is Biesse.