HERITAGE

The origins, the history and the success of a family business.

1876
The company is established by Zaffiro Borgomanero in the borough of Albino in Italy, with the name of ‘Z. Borgomanero & C’. A year later the company reaches 40 mechanical weaving looms and 44 workers.

1884

The company is awarded a bronze medal at the Industrial Exhibition of Turin, an important recognition for the quality of its shirting fabrics.

1890
The count goes up to 107 looms and 90 workers.
Borgomanero’s nephew, Giovanni Albini, takes the lead of the company as well as the role of the President of the Bergamo Chamber of Commerce.

1907
Giovanni Albini participates in the foundation of the Industrial Union of Bergamo mainly composed of textile companies.

1919
Giovanni Albini’s sons, Riccardo and Silvio, respectively inherit the ‘Industrie Riunite Filati’ and the weaving mill of Desenzano named ‘Società Dr. Silvio Albini & C.’.

1930
New forms of organisation and the introduction of semi-automatic looms, enable the company to face the first structural crisis of the sector in 1929 head on, coming through it stronger than ever.

1968
The company’s management passes onto the fourth generation of the family with Giancarlo, Marino, Piero and Gianni.

1981
The eldest of the fifth generation of the Albini Family, Silvio Albini, now CEO and commercial manager, joins the company and immediately concentrates on developing foreign business, which then accounted for 10-15%, seeing the potential of what appeared to be a rather undeveloped niche.

1983-1995
Fabio Albini (Silvio’s cousin) and the brothers Andrea and Stefano gradually joins the company, respectively taking on the roles Head of Design, Industrial Manager and Administrative Manager. The company boosts its development on an international level through the presence of a network of agents and clients in Europe as well as worldwide.

1992
The two historical British brands, Thomas Mason and David & John Anderson, are acquired. This move gives the company an international inclination and a historical archive containing over 700 volumes of fabric samples that soon becomes an inspirational benchmark for the creative team.

1996
Through the acquisition of the finishing plant of Brebbia (Varese, Italy), the company begins its journey of vertical integration that strongly characterises its future identity.

2000-2006

The Manifattura di Albiate and the weaving mill, Dietfurt R.r.o. in the Czech Republic, become part of Albini Group. A third factory, dedicated to the yarn’s preparation and weaving, is set up in Mottola (Taranto, Italy).

2008

To support the other factories, Albini Group sets up a new Logistics Centre in Gandino (Bergamo, Italy) where yarns and fabrics are stocked. An additional area is dedicated to the inspection and analysis of finished fabrics.

2009-2010
The Méditerranean Textile weaving mill in Egypt starts its activity. The Delta Dyeing follows, together with the innovative project of direct cultivation of the two prime cotton species, Giza 87 and Giza 45.

2012
After years of commitment and big investments to seek alternative energy resources for the its industrial sites, Albini Group establishes Albini Energia; a company with the aim of guiding and managing low environmental impact solutions.

2013-2014

Albini Group sets up its new sales offices in Hong Kong and New York to expand its global presence while still remaining close to its clients. Additionally, the ‘Thomas Mason Lifestyle’ project is launched.

Today

Albini Group is now lead by the fifth generation of the family. The company’s offer currently includes over 20,000 fabrics every year and is capable of satisfying the diverse demands in more than 80 countries. As the leading European manufacturer of shirting fabrics, Albini Group’s export turnover is over 70%.