1949 - The two brothers Stefano and Guglielmo Marzocchi founded Marzocchi in 1949.
With great technical skills and experience gained during their years working at Ducati, the two brothers began manufacturing activity of suspensions for big motorcycles in the basement of their home in Via Zannoni, in Bologna. Thanks to the motorcycle boom, business development in those early years was substantial and encouraged the brothers to continue their adventure.
1953 - The Company grows
In 1953, production reached 200 parts per day, there are now 25 employees and the basement via Zannoni is no longer sufficient. They began to plan for a necessary extension.
1957 - Marzocchi moves its premises to Casalecchio
In 1957, the company moved to a more suitable "shed" in Casalecchio di Reno.
Thanks to the motorcycle boom, business development in those years was substantial.
In the mid-50s, when the production of motorcycles suffered a sharp decline, the Marzocchi brothers thought about product diversification, resuming a draft gear pump previously initiated at Ducati during the Second World War for the Messerschmitt airplane factory.
1961 - Marzocchi Pompe is born
The Marzocchi brothers convinced to diversify production founding Marzocchi Pompe Srl. Pump number 1 was created. Marzocchi Spa began to focus on the production of suspension for motorcycles. The growth of the two production sectors in the 60s led to the establishment of two separate companies: Marzocchi Pompe SRL and Marzocchi SPA. The first taking care of the design and manufacture of hydraulic pumps, the second dealing with suspension for motorcycles.
1965 - Second generation. New successes in the motorcycles races
After 1965, the second generation of the Marzocchi family came onto the scene. Adriano, Stefano's son and Paolo, Guglielmo's son. For Marzocchi Sospensioni, products addressed the high end of the market: cross bikes and larger engine motorcycles. The business decision to focus on the sporting activity with the goal of product development proved successful. Marzocchi samples dominated the motorcycle racing circuits across Europe
1970 - First moto-cross Customers
Cross became a driving force for the commercial success of the company even in the 70s, when Marzocchi created partnerships with some of the most prestigious manufacturers: KTM, SWM, Fantic.
1980 - 1980 - The gear production getting high
Lavin was founded for the manufacture and supply of all the gears to Marzocchi Pompe in a "ready to assemble" concept using state of the art machines and testing equipment. The continuous evolution of the products led to collaborations in the 80s with the manufacturers of larger engine road bikes like BMW, Guzzi, Ducati as well as the affirmation of Marzocchi as a European leader in the production of suspensions.
1990 - New trend from the USA: mountain biking
In the 90s, the market diversified further. In the United States the sport of Mountain Bike began to spread even at a competitive level and Marzocchi had the intuition to start producing bicycle forks that combine high-tech with high-performance.
1992 - First step in the USA. Golden State
In parallel, Marzocchi Pompe also developed new technologies to allow the creation of pump models with an ever higher performance and ever wider fields of application thus also placing them, even in terms of volumes, as one of the first European manufacturers. Meanwhile, thanks to continue research and experimentation, the company also experienced new success in racing. The Company then continued to invest in and developing the microhydraulics. The Gruppo Marzocchi landed in the USA, in California and sales began to develop in the Far East.
1995 - 1995 - New product development in the automotive
In 1995, Marzocchi Pompe began working with some of the leading manufacturers of automotive components for the development of pumps for hydraulic power steering and automatic and semi-automatic transmissions.
Marzocchi Pompe was selected for its characteristics and for those of the products belonging to the microhydraulic range: high performance, especially in terms of volumetric and mechanical efficiency.
1996 - Private label agreement between Marzocchi Pompe and the multinational Parker Hannifin
Marzocchi Pompe signs a multiyear contract with Parker Hannifin with the scope of supplying Parker Hannifin through a private label deal. Every pump (PGP) and motor (MGP) sold by Parker Hannifin worldwide are produced and supplied to the Parker Hannifin sales network by Marzocchi Pompe for almost 5 years.
1997 - Marzocchi Pompe keeps growing
Adriano Marzocchi became general manager of Marzocchi Pompe. Materialising the production of micro-pumps for the automotive industry in high volumes and for various prestigious clients a new division and a new location were established in 1997: "Marzocchi Automotive Pumps" in Ostellato, Ferrara.
The plant would then become one of the most important industries of the province of Ferrara.
2000 - New millennium
Marzocchi Pompe needed to use aluminium die-cast components with special characteristics for its own products; in 1999 a joint venture was realised with the Montirone die casting foundry in San Giovanni in Persiceto (Bo). Today, Montirone provides all the die-cast components used on the pumps; it is a certified supplier for companies in the automotive, furniture, appliances sectors; it is equipped with modern machines and high technology equipment.
2006 - 2006 - Large investments in the logistic department
To cover the increased organization needs, the new ERP Navision which belongs to the Microsoft Business Solution package is installed as well as other automated warehouses both for the finished product and for the components. Modula was chosen as a partner. Sequentially the warehouse was modernised with Modula for the storage of finished pumps already packaged and ready for shipment to customers and to streamline the process of preparing the goods for shipment.
2008 - The industrial group got restructured
In September 2008, Marzocchi Suspension is sold to the American company TENNECO, specialising in shock absorbers for cars and known for the brand MONROE.
The family Marzocchi confirms the focus on gear pumps and motors and launched a major development and investment program.
2009 - More centrally located US facilities
In 2009 Marzocchi Pompe moves its American division from the original headquarters in California to new headquarters in Schaumburg in the state of Illinois. The decision was made to revive sales activities by placing the subsidiary in a central position with respect to the North American market. Marzocchi Pumps USA manages and supports sales in America. The Chicago office has a well-stocked inventory of finished goods and spare parts which allows fast shipping, often same day.
2010 - Engineering keeps developing
The collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna for the design of new products was strengthened. The study of the particular Marzocchi gear profile was conducted in collaboration with the DIEM Department of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna, through the generation of a dedicated software design.
A section that deals with all aspects of operative MKTG was set up in the sales department.
2011 - First 50 year’s
Marzocchi celebrates 50 years of activity in the production of gear pumps. The first prototypes of the new pump with low noise and low pulsation are produced: ELIKA. This new Marzocchi proposal to the market of gear pumps is an effective response for all applications requiring low noise levels. Product development is based on the launch of a whole range of products from family 2 to family 4, both is single and multiple components.
2012 - Development in the TIER2 automotive
Mass production of Elika began in preparation for its launch on the market for applications that require low noise levels. Marzocchi Pompe participated in the trade fair for automotive components Expo 2014 in Stuttgart with its own stand, thus confirming its independent activities towards TIER1 of the automotive market.
2013 - 2013 - New Corporate Image
The new 3D Zeiss machine was installed in the workshop. The first 3D printer was also installed for rapid prototyping of projects with significantly shortened product launch time.
Marzocchi Pompe presented Elika to the world market with a targeted advertising campaign and the organisation of events for Italian and foreign distributors.
2014 - New automotive assembly line
The new assembly and testing line for automotive pump E05 was installed. The ISO TS certification project was also launched in reference to the Quality Management System of the companies operating in the automotive sector