Company

SAIME (Società Anonima Industrie Materiali Edili) was founded in 1938 in the borough of Due Madonne in Sassuolo by the Gambigliani Zoccoli family, who acquired part of a company from the Siliprandi family, which was originally founded by the Rubbiani family in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Gambigliani Zoccoli family in conjunction with the expertise of Mr. Padoa, the engineer, developed the first porcelain stoneware production with innovative tunnel kilns replacing the old Hoffmann furnaces.

During the Second World War Saime was almost entirely destroyed by bombing.

In the mid-sixties Saime moved from the centre of Sassuolo to Maranello, where it is currently located.

Following a corporate crisis in 1987, Saime was taken over by the Riwal group, and subsequently became one of the largest and most productive plants in the district.

In 2007 SAIME, along with the entire Riwal group, (which at the time was also comprised of the commercial brands Alfa and San Prospero Lux) became part of the Casalgrande Padana group.

With this last acquisition the SAIME brand absorbed the SAN PROSPERO brand while a process of radical transformation of the site began within the Maranello factory which, over 10 years’ time, led to the updating of almost all the equipment (with a total investment of approximately 50 million euros in equipment and construction work).

Final plant renovations were completed in 2017, which included an innovative production line for ceramic panels.

Today the Maranello plant is one of the leading plants of the Casalgrande Padana group, specialized in large size tiles. Our future development is that of a plant dedicated to the production of ceramic panels with a total capacity of 15,000 square meters/day, also equipped with an internal cutting and processing system.

The aim of the latest investments is to strengthen the SAIME brand by expanding its offer of both traditional materials and the most innovative materials on the market.

Saime Ceramiche places great emphasis on having a special sensivity to eco-sustainability in its industrial processes. Constant investments of capital and professional skills places the company at the leading edge in developing maximum efficiency, minimum impact production systems, that will guarantee full respect for the environment, as well as excellence in the totally eco-compatible product range.
IPPC
Saime Ceramiche defines its production systems in full compliance with the stringent IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) requirements with regard to reducing polluting emissions, energy efficiency and optimizing production. All Saime Ceramiche products are created with processes and technologies tha always guarantee maximum quality and environmental sustainability.
MAXIMUM SAFETY
The production cycle is strictly controlled by means of periodic checks. Machines, equipment and workers are equipped with very up-to-date safety systems.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Independent energy production by means of an innovative cogeneration plant that allows high energy efficiency.
TOTAL RECYCLING
All process waste, liquids and fired and raw solids are recovered entirely within the production cycle.
NO TOXIC SUBSTANCES
Complete absence of toxic and/or harmful substances in the working processes and in each phase of the production cycle.
ZERO EMISSIONS
Gaseous emissions are completely purified using cutting-edge filtering technologies.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a system for certifying company and energy sustainability of buildings, and is applied in over 140 countries in the world. It was devised in 1993 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its basic aim is to promote and develop a global approach to environmental, social and economic sustainability of buildings, from the design phase right down to their daily management. This method of certification provides for assigning points to the building, worked out on the basis of its verified compliance with various Leed requirements and credits. Saime Ceramiche porcelain stoneware is Leed-compliant material: that is, it meets the requirements defined by the USGBC for materials and resources in terms of percentage of recycled material, insulating effects, low polluting missions and innovative and design properties. This means that the use of Saime Ceramiche materials for floors or wall tiling allows points to be assigned, that will contribute to giving LEED certification.