“The new finance to compete”: the conference has been held in Udine at Palazzo Torriani

The objective of the conference "The new finance to compete" promoted by the North East Foundation, in collaboration with Confindustria Udine and Azimut, was to present to the local companies alternative forms of access to credit. It has been held on Thursday 10th October in Udine at Palazzo Torriani and the I.CO.P. S.P.A.’s Administrative Director Paolo Copetti took part as a speaker at the round table. To view the video click on this link: Bank loans in Fvg, small businesses are suffering

I.CO.P. among the Italian excellences awarded by the Osservatorio PMI 2019

The 2019 edition of the Global Strategy Osservatorio PMI presented a report based on the analysis of a database containing information on the last five years of over 60 thousand capital companies with a turnover exceeding 5 million euros. Italian entrepreneurial excellence is represented by 722 companies operating from North to South: a ceiling of companies able to generate value, foster new jobs, invest in innovation and become competitive also in foreign markets. From the examination of the 10 thousand mid-cap companies (turnover between 20 and 250 million euros in manufacturing, 20 and 500 million in commerce), the Osservatorio has identified 73 realities with excellent performance for revenue growth, profitability and capital solidity. I.CO.P. figure among these: the “Excellent Company” award was received by the Administrative Director Paolo Copetti in Milan on the 25th of September at the 11th edition of the Osservatorio PMI on «Sustainability and value creation. A pair to look for».

CEO’s Call to Action: Piero Petrucco of I.CO.P. among the top 54 Italian signatories

On the 2nd October, during the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) showroom at Bocconi University in Milan, the Sodalitas Foundation presented the most recent developments of the "CEOs Call to Action": the European petition promoted by CSR Europe in concert with the European Commission and addressed to top management of companies committed to integrating sustainability into business. The Sodalitas Foundation promotes the "CEOs Call to Action" in Italy as a national partner of CSR Europe. More than 250 CEOs of European companies have joined the initiative. Italy is the European country that has so far given the most significant contribution. Piero Petrucco of I.CO.P. S.P.A. is among the 54 leaders of companies in the Italian market that first signed the "CEOs Call to Action". On December the 5th 2019, the initiative will be officially presented at the top of the European institutions: the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli. In June 2020, Brussels will host the SDG Summit, dedicated to taking stock of the contribution of European companies to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

ANCE in Brussels: indispensable constructions for a true Green new deal

On the 9th October 2019 ANCE underlined in Brussels that a real Green New Deal passes through the relaunch of construction. In fact, 15 of the 17 UN objectives directly involve this sector. A change of pace is required, starting with a revision of the Stability Pact for investments to secure and regenerate territories and cities. Here is the link to the ANCE press release: ANCE Press Release

Conference “The new finance to compete”

On Thursday 10th October 2019 a meeting will be held on the occasion of the conference "The new finance to compete" in which many companies will be able to discuss about finance thanks to some entrepreneurial testimonies, including that of Paolo Copetti. He is the administrative director of I.CO.P. S.P.A. and he will speak at the round table. The event, part of a road show that will involve the various territories of the North East, will be held at Confindustria in Udine at 17.30.

Transatlantic Pipeline

In Meledugno (Lecce), more precisely under the beach of San Basilio (San Foca), the construction works for the laying of the Tap pipeline have been completed. This pipeline will transport natural gas from Arzerbaijan to Italy via Greece and Albania. The tunnel extends up to 1540 meters passing under the beach and it has been excavated thanks to the use of the Herrenknecht Avnd 2000 cutter (a tunneling machine 26 m long). Thanks to the use of this technology, which is particularly respectful of the environment, the work has not affected neither the landscape nor the tourist and economic activities of the area. Even this summer the beach of San Foca was full of bathers who could appreciate its beauty exactly as in previous seasons.

“IlFriuli Business” interviews Piero Petrucco

The owner of I.CO.P. S.P.A. illustrates why the announcement of the investments is not able to lead to their concrete realization and as a result the public works remain only virtual. First of all, he indicates the heavy Italian bureaucracy among the causes for this paralysis, claiming that the service conferences in Italy are a hostage for small companies. Secondly, he cites the current formulation of the crime of office abuse in public procurement: the reason why all the sole referents of the proceedings, fearing to receive a complaint, leave the projects unrealised. The regional administration could intervene by making some guidelines compulsory - with their transformation into effective laws - or at least by subordinating the provision of regional contributions to their adoption which, through qualification criteria, allows contracting stations to provide more opportunities to local businesses. As national vice-president of Ance Petrucco asks the new government for a reform of the crime of office abuse as well as the unification of the contracting entities in order to « release the brakes » mentioned above. The I.CO.P. of Basiliano, which in 2020 will celebrate its centenary, The different cultural approach adopted by the Petrucco family is responsibile for the company’s continuous growth, which has chosen to specialize in foundations and microtunnel works to present itself on the international market: a key that has allowed it to face the prolonged stagnation of the Italian construction market. Furthermore, by focusing on non-emerging but mature and consolidated markets (such as the French one), the business has demonstrated its greater flexibility and productivity compared with its competitors. About future prospects, taking into account the strategic role of Trieste where I.CO.P. is engaged in project financing for the construction of the port logistics platform, Petrucco intends to exploit this logistics system according to the Friulian industrial system, in order to avoid a marginal role although being at the center of the traffics and to focus on rapid choices that rethink strategic tools such as the fair, the technology park and industrial consortia. For consulting in full the article, please click the following link: IlFriuli Business

RECORD: the longest microtunnel ever built in Malaysia realized by I.CO.P. CONSTRUCTION

The Malaysian Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment has delivered to MMC and I.CO.P. CONSTRUCTION MALAYSIA the certification of the obtained record:

the longest microtunnel ever built in the country for a 1800 mm diameter wastewater pipeline.

We congratulate the whole team for the excellent result obtained.

Pierino Burba graduated honoris causa Engineer for the Environment and the Territory from the university of Friuli

On Tuesday 2nd April 2019 the participated ceremony was held in the main hall of Piazzale Kolbe. The new doctor: "I am surprised and excited". Here is the link to the official website of the University of Udine where there is a report of the event and an interview with the new engineer.  

Old bridge over the Tagliamento: a story 56 years long

With the demolition of the old bridge over the Tagliamento river, a 56-year-old piece of history has left. It was January 1963, in fact, when Autovie started the works of the first great work that united the newly formed Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia with Veneto. Although designed to withstand a high traffic flow, the artifact was currently inadequate, so that in order not to interrupt the transit, Autovie had introduced a series of restrictions to heavy traffic. Completed the first of the two viaducts that make up the new bridge and moved the traffic, thus began the demolition, in phases, of the old one: first it was the deck then the piles and finally the foundations. The intervention will involve the municipalities of Ronchis for the easternmost part and San Michele al Tagliamento for the portion facing west. The structure, composed of prefabricated concrete beams and pulvini with attached lateral shoulders in reinforced concrete, consists of two bridges separated by an embankment. Altogether the infrastructure develops for a kilometer and 100 meters for 48 spans and 102 piles. A dozen excavators at work, equipped with pliers, hammers and buckets, in addition to trucks and various articulated vehicles for the transport of the material resulting from the demolition and about twenty people engaged daily. The work procedures chosen by the company will be to ensure the best possible environmental protection and to reduce as much as possible the noise and dust produced will be used only modern machines with low emission levels. All the material, coming from the demolition, will be given to the crushing and screening plant, to then be analyzed and reused, if suitable. Maximum care and attention in the cleaning phase of the material to ensure a perfect restoration of the places. The fame of the bridge over the Tagliamento is linked to an intuition. That of Paolo Petrucco, then 30 years old - historical founder of Icop in Basiliano - who, after assigning the contract, decided "against his father's wishes", as he himself says, to create a very expensive "prefabrication plant" he says - but conceptually cutting-edge for that era". "There was a similar one only in Venice for the construction of the Tessera airport and it was there that I saw the automatic batching plant and the first mixer trucks operate. We took our cue from there and it was a winning choice that allowed us to build the work in just two years ". A record for that era. In 1965 the infrastructure saw the light "and the following year when there was the flood in Latisana - Petrucco explains - the people managed to save themselves by bringing the animals on the bridge". Pierino Burba thought of the definition of every constructive aspect of the artifact and of conceiving and designing the installations, whose name is linked to the great works signed by Icop. The beams were prefabricated and launched, then completing the deck with an in-situ concrete casting. "At that time, the chairman of Autovie - Petrucco explains - was the lawyer Agostino Candolini, who, knowing he could count on a small but very efficient organization entrusted to the director of works engineer Cuttini and to the surveyor Fioritti, gave a definite impetus for the construction of the Trieste - Venice motorway starting from bridges ". The bridge of the Tagliamento was awarded by tender to the competition (to carry out the project was the same company, including the calculation of the structures, the reliefs and the expropriations). About 10 companies took part in the competition and after a first selection to compete for the work were the "Impresa Alvise Petrucco", known for having built the Simonetti overpass in Via Cividale in Udine, and a company in Milan. The two projects remained at stake for about four months until the integration of the foundations was requested as a supplement, "a change that we had already foreseen in the project and therefore we were not forced - Petrucco reveals - to make a variant e, consequently to increase the price ". The race was won by the Friulian company on the wool thread. The work cost 900 million lire. "And here began the confrontation with my father - Petrucco underlines - that he was not convinced to concentrate the production of concrete in a single centralized plant close to the construction site. In my organizational model the transport was entrusted to modern truck mixers and this allowed us to reduce many steps and to finish the work in just two years. I myself sometimes drove the vehicles and threw the concrete into the formworks"."I can say - he concludes - that we were a little forerunner of the construction methods adopted today for the ashlars of the new Tagliamento viaduct. We anticipated the times, showing that the Italians, if put in the condition, are the best builders in the world". At the time, about 50 people worked on the construction site and the workforce consisted mostly of Carnic people. "I still feel nostalgic for those times - Petrucco admits - we worked night and day with enthusiasm and without sparing ourselves. That bridge marked a turning point for our company, but also for a large territory, Friuli and Veneto, finally united by a bridge and a highway. It was a resounding technical and economic success".