Bologna – Italy
Where it all started.
A tribute to Ing. Alessandro Lollini. An excellent engineer and worldwide scrap processing innovator who inspired a generation.
In 1984 I read an ad from a company based in Bologna that was looking for someone to work as an office clerk at the sales office. The add said ” English language mandatory, second foreign language preferential".
I went for the interview and thanks to my knowledge of 4 foreign languages I obtained the job. Little did I know that this would change my life forever.
Within a few years’ time I became the sales manager and in 1997 I decided to move on with my career and set up Sierra Europe.
The years spent at Lollini International, working side by side with Mr. Alessandro Lollini will never be forgotten.
From the underground balers to the innovative AL5000, the mobile baler which revolutionized the market.
For many years Lollini International has been a world-wide market leader, innovator, and trendsetter. The company started off manufacturing huge oil storage tanks but converted its production to scrap processing equipment in the early 70’s after the first major oil crisis.
In its history Lollini International has produced and shipped to all continents several thousands of balers. Late 80s, early 90s marked the top years for the company.
The breakthrough came with the release of the mobile AL5000 baler in substitution of the MAX500 baler. The AL5000 was a planetary success.
The success was so staggering that it influenced most competitors who also started to propose their balers in mobile version.
Thinking outside of the (charging) box!
The AL5000 was a huge success for Lollini International mainly due to its powerful and revolutionary box closing system. Unfortunately, problems of financial nature and differences of opinion among the shareholders took their toll on daily operations. Wrong decisions were made. One of which saw the parts inventory reduced to zero in order to improve cash balances. This had an immediate effect on potential customers who decided to make their purchases elsewhere.
This caused a huge image loss. The manufacturer of the most powerful baler lost credibility in the eyes of their customers.
The years to come saw the decline of what Mr. Lollini had built with so much sacrifice.
In 2001 the company was forced to shut down and went into liquidation. During that period, a company with a very similar name started its activities in Romania. The market was led to believe that the company had simply moved to Romania. What happened in Romania in the decade to come ruined forever the good name and standing the “original” Lollini company had built up.
New life to historic designs.
People that do great things often leave behind a legacy. That is also true for Ing. Lollini. G.P.S. now continues the production of part of the Lollini baler program. While keeping the kinematic of the AL5000 baler the hydraulics, electrics and electronics have undergone a complete makeover and have been brought to today’s standards.
You can find an example of the new AL5000 here: GPS Predator