History and qualityEver since its foundation, Grimeca has focused on fine-tuning material selection, technology and processes to achieve excellence and a reputation for quality. Unrelenting commitment awarded Grimeca with record-breaking achievements in the motorcycling industry over the last 50 years.
Today, Grimeca ranks among the most reputed Original Equipment manufacturers. Let us see how it all started.
1950/55: a good start.
The company started out as a precision mechanics business and then expanded its activities to include casting and metalworking. It soon became apparent that the company's production capabilities were ideally suited for the motorcycling industry.
During this period, the company began to supply hubs, drum brakes and sprockets for low-powered motorised vehicles.
The company embraced aluminium and light-alloy casting technology. This intuition was to award Grimeca with significant technological breakthroughs and market success a few years later.
The many aluminium components manufactured include complex parts with high technological content, such as the whole crankcase complete with heads and cylinders used in the motorcycles of that period.
1965/70: a growing company.
In that period, the company secured the first major customers outside Europe, in the Far East.
To meet the large market demand, new, large plants with cutting-edge technology shops and labs were set up. In 1968 Grimeca developed the first double-cam hub for MORINI 350 SPORT, that marked a significant step forward in terms of racing performance. Currently still in production, it is much sought after by vintage motorcycle lovers.
1970/75: the power of innovation.
After large production volumes were achieved, this was the time of technological breakthroughs with innovative design concepts that revolutionised the concept of mass-produced motorcycle chassis components.
1971, first disc brake hub - DUCATI 860 GT/750 SS/DESMO
1972, first hydraulic braking system for motorcycles with chrome-plated steel brake disc - SACHS
1973, first taper hub - SWM 250
1974, first light-alloy wheel - MORINI
1975/80: product innovation and more.
At that time, Grimeca had become established as a leading OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer - for the motorcycle industry on international markets. During those years, our innovation efforts were focused on manufacturing methods and were again awarded with excellent results. Grimeca was the first European company to adopt CAD/CAM information systems throughout the manufacturing cycle of the mass production.
1980/85: focus on human resources.
A significant training plan was launched to enable and motivate personnel to respond to ongoing technological innovation. The Higher Institute for Scientific Research granted Grimeca the official designation as Technological Hub. The emphasis on training led to the creation of a study centre. Our centre hosts classes and workshops for the Departments of IT and Mechanics held in collaboration with the University of Padua.
1985/90: flexible automation.
Production is set up as an automatically managed, closed-loop integrated cycle. To meet the most specific customer needs, manufacturing processes are designed for the utmost flexibility.
Aluminium die-casting is used to manufacture a whole frame for a Gilera moped for the first time. A first die-cast motorcycle frame for the Honda - NSR (1988) and the first die-cast swingarm for CAGIVA MITO (1990) will follow.
1990/2000: global quality.
Grimeca obtains the DNV - ISO 9001:2000 certification for the whole corporate system.
In view of the opportunities opened up by global markets, the company approaches new, increasingly specialised market niches.
As a result, the evolution of manufacturing processes calls for a diversification of manufacturing technology. Die-casting plants are supplemented with “low-pressure” and “gravity” casting technology.
2006 onwards: your performance supplier
Grimeca launches an extensive line of own-brand brake discs in the motorcycle and scooter After Market. Other dedicated catalogues with different type of spare and special parts are in the making.
Since 2008: international approach
Grimeca obtains the ISO/TS:16949:2002 certification, developed by the ISO committee and by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF).
Present: high-quality projects
A long-standing official supplier to major motorcycle marques, Grimeca is more than ever committed to this role.
The many projects currently in production include: HONDA SH front and rear wheel; YAMAHA X MAX front and rear wheel; APRILIA SHIVER half chassis, swingarm engine casing; APRILIA RSV 4 FACTORY chassis/swingarm, upper and lower crankcase, not to mention the many other projects under development.