The Famar factory stands proudly at the foot of Mount Pirchiriano, in the shadow of the awe-inspiring Sacra di San Michele. Its 11,000m2 houses the company’s sales and administrative offices, its technical department and R&D team, as well as programming, construction and assembly, testing, and dispatch operations. The factory is a modern, hi-tech facility for the production of the state-of-the-art machine tools that the global market demands today. Since 1973, the company has acquired major customers in the automotive sector, along with manufacturers of trucks, tractors, earthmoving equipment, bearings, and gearboxes, as well as customers in other sectors. Famar today can engineer tools to machine any kind of round mechanical part. But it strives to do more and become the supplier of choice for customers looking for complete production lines. That’s why we are developing systems for machining parts such as gearboxes, engine blocks, and cylinder heads.
The Famar story begins back in 1973 with the opening of M.T. (Marinello–Testa), a small mechanical workshop in Rivoli (Turin). With the company’s relocation to Sant’Ambrogio di Torino in 1982, it began constructing specialist machines initially for the Fiat brand. Over the years, Famar expanded to serve the vast majority of Fiat Group companies in Italy and around the world. At that stage, Famar’s core business was the mass production of hi-tech specialist tools for machining motor vehicle parts.
Then, in 1986 Famar decided to expand into new markets with the launch of its first product: the Benjamin twin-spindle horizontal lathe, featuring a special, innovative new loading system. The real technological revolution in Famar machine tools came in 1994–95 with the engineering, prototyping, and, ultimately, the production of the first Ergo vertical lathe. With international patent-protection, and featuring an innovative pick-up spindle, it was launched at the XI EMO trade show in Milan. The years that followed hailed the worldwide success of the Ergo line. It was then followed by the development of the first-ever machine with integrated grinding and the launch of the Tandem line and the Sub 160 2g.
In 2001, the Famar factory expanded, doubling its capacity to satisfy the growing number of orders placed by a customer portfolio in constant expansion. Famar also expanded its range of services, offering not just stand-alone machines but machine tools designed to fit into larger production cycles, meeting the standards required by the final plant. To guarantee Famar’s signature high quality in projects “from the raw material to the finished part,” Famar Automations was set up as a specialist in the engineering and production of feeder lines and handling systems between separate machine tools. The launch of the Maxer line in 2005 was followed in 2009 by another market breakthrough. It was the launch of Infinity, the world’s first lathe to change tools without interrupting machining. The company’s growth in the German market was fast-tracked in 2011 with the opening of Famar Werkzeugmaschinen in Germany.
In 2012, Famar Automations opened a new plant in Avigliana. The year 2013 instead saw the inauguration of Famar’s newly renovated head office in Avigliana. Crowning the company’s 40 years, 2013 also saw the launch of the innovative, brand new FM 52 I machining center.
All Famar machines are designed and engineered around the mechanical part the customer wants to produce, considering its specific and unique features, production volumes, and the machining time required to deliver a product that is competitive on the market. The philosophy at Famar is to look beyond the individual part to be machined and provide a solution for the complete production process.
Like a tailor making a suit to measure, Famar develops specific software for the machine and programs it for the part, prepares conformity tests on the customer’s standards, and customizes lathes on the basis of the machinery standards and logistics of the production line. Nothing is left to chance in the engineering and construction of machines, with the customer involved every step of the way.
Famar develops complete production lines that start with the raw material and deliver the finished part, all within the time frame required and in perfect timing with the loading and unloading schedules of the receiving plants. Famar invests heavily in research and development, true to its mission of providing the best machining solutions to deliver perfectly machined parts fast—a decisive factor on today’s global market.
Famar’s worldwide success has come from its expertise in combining precision detail with the highest safety standards, while maximizing productivity. Forty years on and the Famar philosophy is as relevant as ever, willing and able to take on even the toughest of challenges.
Today Famar Group is a consolidated business with major sales to customers worldwide, all of which choose Famar for its reliability and technological edge.
Besides the historic Famar S.r.l., Famar Group consists of:
Rapid business growth, in terms of customer numbers and global market penetration, stretched Famar’s logistics capacity to its limit in just a handful of years, but those problems were swiftly overcome thanks to the tenacity and conviction that have long distinguished Famar. Altogether, Famar Group operates from four hi-tech factories, which over the years have installed machines all over the planet.
Put together, the picture these figures convey is clear: for its customers, the Famar brand is synonymous with cutting-edge technology, flexibility, and guaranteed quality.
Famar strictly complies with all environmental regulations in force and is committed to meeting the highest standards applicable to the industry. Continuous improvements are made to products and processes in an effort to boost their energy efficiency. Production methods are also designed with other environmental goals in mind, such as proper waste management and the minimization of emissions.
Famar invests in the growth and well-being of its employees, assuring their health, safety and the sustainability of the enterprise. The company adopts a quality management system developed and certified to comply with ISO 9001 standards. Famar adopts an environmental management system developed and certified to meet ISO 14001 standards.
All areas of the business are subject to continuous improvement. Employees are given the tools and resources to perform at their best and excel in delivering full customer satisfaction. Product and process development is an ongoing endeavor at Famar, involving everyone at the company in achieving its objectives.
All quality standards, environmental policy, business objectives, and production targets are constantly monitored through regular audits.
BS OHSAS 18001
is the International standard recognized worldwide as a reference for the implementation within the company of a management system for health and safety at work.
Developed by the British Standards Institution, the certificate BS OHSAS 18001 is not mandatory but is the voluntary choice of the company to take under control the management of health and safety at work improving systematically their working organization; In Italy it is mentioned in Article 30 of Legislative Decree 9 April 2008. 81 as a "model of corporate organization that complies with the requirements” of the same Decree.
ISO 9001 Famar’s production processes all strictly comply with international quality management standards. ISO 9001 standards can be adopted by any organization operating in any sector.
ISO 14001 ISO 14001 is the international standard of reference for company environmental management systems.
Developed by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 14001 certification is voluntary and reflects a company’s commitment to monitoring and systematically reducing the impact of its operations on the environment.
Sustainability & Environmental Management Famar’s quality and environmental management systems fully comply with ISO 9001 and 14001 standards. The company has held ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification since the 1990s. Continuous improvements are made to products and processes in an effort to boost their energy efficiency.