WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BEGIN WORKING WITH THE STREPARAVA GROUP?
I was taken on by Iveco in late 1996, 25 years ago. At that time Streparava was already one of Iveco’s principal suppliers. It was also one of the first that I went to see as a young buyer. At that time, all the policies regarding lean manufacturing, WCM, and continual improvement processes, had not yet taken root in Italy. Nonetheless, I remember that, during that first visit, I had the impression not just of a clean, orderly, exemplary factory, showing attention to worker requirements, but also, and most importantly, an ownership that was sensitive to the client’s needs. Streparava had already begun supplying the independent suspension of our Daily almost 20 years before, and even earlier the OM company in Brescia had done so. A very long story of collaboration and partnership. I feel justified in saying that it is a consolidated cooperation yielding mutual success.