First publishedin World Highways
Pump it up: CIFA turns 90
Italian pump manufacturer CIFA recently celebrated its 90th birthday with a special edition vehicle-mounted pump and a restyling of the company’s museum at its headquarters.
The company, based in Senago, northern Italy, produced a special edition of truck-mounted pumps in three models, K42L, K45H and the new K47H, which will be introduced in the standard Carbotech series at a later date.
CIFA says that the K47H model is the longest and lightest pump on the market and remains within the European legal limit of 32 tonnes on four axles. Matt anthracite grey, metallic CIFA orange and metallic Carbotech grey are the three colours. Each unit also has a celebratory plaque with the serial number, along with the company’s 90th anniversary logo. Meanwhile, the refurbishment of the corporate museum includes two new areas dedicated to hybrid technology and carbon fibre, technologies much used by the company over the past few years.
The museum shows the company’s 90 years - from a family business to an international company with 600 employees and several branches throughout the world. During the 1970s, CIFA designed the 554, its first truck-mounted pump and in 2008 CIFA became part of the Chinese group Zoomlion. An area in the museum is dedicated to vintage machines and an experiential section simulates a construction site – making for an interactive visit, according to the company. A new application provides a 3D simulation of a CIFA E9 truck mixer, one of CIFA’s’s flagship models in the hybrid range of the Energya series. CIFA says that the Energya is the world’s first hybrid truck mixer with an electric engine powered by a set of lithium batteries to reduce consumption, noise and CO2 emissions.
The restyling of the museum was to show CIFA’s customers that the company has for some years been at the forefront of cutting edge technology adoption, said Davide Cipolla, chief executive of CIFA.