ACOMA: a story that tells growth in the world of printing blanketsGaia Mussi
ACOMA is a young company that is operative in printing blankets for 14 years, always promoting values such as product quality, satisfaction of its partners, innovation and sustainability. ACOMA’s story tells about growth and the capability to achieve important milestones in a short time. How have we achieved this? Definitely, by focusing on the value of people and on the importance of searching for solutions that respond to the market’s demands. If we reflect on the important steps we have taken, we will outline the following timeline, which tells our entire story in 10 points.
1. ACOMA’s foundation
ACOMA was founded in 2009 thanks to the will of the founding partners to create a dynamic reality, focused on the production of innovative and sustainable printing blankets. A young company that, however, starts off on the right foot: the founders’ cumulative experience exceeds 75 years in the field of printing blanket design, production and marketing. A starting point that, combined with commitment, strenght and constant work, has enabled the subsequent development of ACOMA.
2. Good rules for constant development
After only 3 years since the foundation, we realized that in order to achieve high levels of efficiency was necessary to pay attention not only to the product, but to all business processes functional to its development. This is how we’ve introduced a management system for the document part, logistics, fiscal process and the administrative area.
3. 10 employees at ACOMA
The company’s development also brings with it the need for new resources and in 4 years ACOMA reaches the quota of 10 employees, engaged in production, commercial, administrative, and R&D.
4. Machinery replacement
In 2014 ACOMA made another important step: the existing calender was replaced with a new machine capable of doubling the minimum production width, improving quality and ensuring greater consistency in the profiles made. Renewing the production technology, after all, is essential to ensure high-level products.
5. The product control grow up
Quality and excellence can only require adequate controls over the company’s products and processes. With this in mind, in 2017 we installed a second control station on the finished product, with the aim of intercepting defects and nonconformities, always guaranteeing maximum results.
6. ACOMA’s 10th anniversary
In 2019, ACOMA celebrates its first 10 years in business, with positive results. A journey we are proud of, which has offered satisfaction to the founding members, but at the same time is a source of stimulation for further growth.
7. Innovation and technology for logistics
We unfortunately remember 2020 also for the pandemic and the obstacles faced by every business. But for us, 2020 also means innovation. The goal is to always improve and we take advantage of the benefits of new technologies: we introduced a warehouse management system, using the bar code. In the same time, we made also a reorganization and a renovation of the warehouse.
8. New investments in production
The warehouse is not the only protagonist of 2020 for ACOMA, which at the same time also invests in the production process, installing the second continuous curing line. A choice that allows to increase production, specifically of coating plates, to which the line is dedicated.
9. 2021: +20 employees
In 2021 ACOMA doubles the number of employees and reaches 20. An important sign that demonstrates not only the growth recorded over time, but also the philosophy of continuous development that has always characterized the company.
10. Refurbishment of office space, meeting room and quality/R&D laboratories
The last step, but only for now, is the refurbishment of spaces that home offices, meeting room, and quality and R&D laboratories. Works are still ongoing. Investing in work environments is also an important sign of ACOMA’s focus on the well-being of its employees.
What’s next for us?
The story told allows us to believe that there will be many more significant milestones in ACOMA’s development. We are always focused on growing and maintaining our mission and values, which still take us far. A few projects are already defined, such as the installation of the second finishing line by 2024, a few others are still to be focused on, but we will continue to put our best efforts to always ensure the best achievable results.