SPANESI, A FAMILYCOLLISION REPAIR TRADITION
MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF PASSION AND INNOVATION
The week before Orazio Spanesi’s 14th birthday, he was approached by a friend with exciting news—there was a job available.
Orazio was enthusiastic because his family lived in the country, and they were impoverished. So, he rushed over to meet with the business owner. During their conversation, the owner offered Orazio a job in a collision repair business and gave him a bicycle to use to get to work.
The bicycle was too tall. But that didn’t stop Orazio. He learned how to ride the bike by putting one of his legs under the crossbar and rode that bicycle to work for more than two years.
ORAZIO OPENS HIS FACILITY
In the summertime of 1969, Orazio Spanesi opened his first collision repair facility in the small village of Padova, Italy. Orazio used tools he created to repair his customer’s vehicles.
“Immediately, I knew that I could create equipment,” explained Orazio. “I never did it just for me, but I made it with the idea of selling it.” While Orazio designed and tested his tools in his own business, he was also curious about what the rest of the world offered. He began traveling and visiting the national and international tradeshows, looking for the correct answer to his efficiency needs. Orazio realized that those tools just didn’t exist along the way, and the market was too slow to adapt to his business’s needs.
SPANESI BEGINS MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT
Orazio took his passion, intuition, and experience to the collision equipment manufacturing industry in 1989, and when he founded his namesake business, Spanesi®, S.p.A. The very first frame straightening bench was manufactured in 1989, along with the Spanesi Universal Jig System. To date, the original Universal Jig System is still sold and has only had to be updated to accommodate aluminum vehicles. In 1992, Orazio recognized there had to be a better way of measuring vehicles. So, he set out to show the world how to measure, repair, and document damaged vehicles. Designed from the ground up, Spanesi produced their first Touch electronic measuring system.
THE SPANESI 3600 CONCEPT
Spanesi’s vast and deep array of collision repair equipment offerings are widely accepted in most OEM repair programs today. Spanesi is the only company to offer a complete Spanesi 360o Concept for the collision repair industry. From structural repair benches, three-dimensional electronic measuring systems, vacuum systems, prep stations, spray booths, MIG / MAG welders (aluminum, steel, and silicon-bronze), squeeze-type resistant spot welders, office furnishings, paintless dent repair systems, and facility design services.
Even today, all Spanesi’s products are used in Orazio’s collision repair facility, which is now surrounded by his manufacturing plant in that small village of Padova.