Inkmaker Group appoints Antonio Riggio as Operations Manager of Tecnopails

Inkmaker Group has named, Antonio Riggio as Operations Manager of its Filling Solutions Division, Tecnopails in Piacenza, Italy, effective March 1, 2021.

With more than 30 years experience, Riggio, is a recognised figure in the filling, bottling and packaging-equipment industry. Previously sales director of Weightpack, the newly appointed Operations Manager has held a series of top-managerial posts spanning renowned companies; SMI Group, Berchi Group, Lanfranchi Group, Corazza (Sympak Group) and Simonazzi (Sasib Group).

“Antonio is a familiar face to both the industry at large and to the Inkmaker Group. It gives me great pleasure, in joining the board, in welcoming him as our new Operations Manager for Tecnopails,” said Christophe Rizzo, CEO EMEA/Americas, Inkmaker Group, “since acquiring Tecnopails [end of Jan 2020] demand has been high — Inkmaker Group’s presence grew by over 50% in new markets. We are confident that with Antonio, at the helm of Tecnopails’ operations, we can satisfy an even greater market-share as we expand further.”


Located in Piacenza, in northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Tecnopails’s production team design, manufacture, distribute and service customised plant systems and equipment for the ink, paint and coatings, food and speciality-chemicals industries, supplying customers directly, as well as supporting all of Inkmaker Group’s brands; Inkmaker, Rexson, Vale-Tech, Swesa and Teko. As the Group’s dedicated filling division, Tecnopails solutions provide a crucial and specialised function in achieving Inkmaker Group’s mission of providing total process-engineering.

Tecnopails’ reputation as a global filling solutions leader—with over one thousand plant-systems installed worldwide and a widespread loyal clientele dating to the 1970s—was an obvious choice as an acquisition to compliment Inkmaker Group’s existing product range.

“It is a privilege to accept the post as new Operations Manager of Tecnopails, whose company specialisation offers such potential for expansion into new sectors. In synergy with the Board and management, of Inkmaker Group, I look forward to developing and growing Tecnopails into one of Inkmaker Group’s premium brands,” said Riggio, “Additionally, I wish to thank Mr Luigi Lavelli who, as previous Director of Tecnopails, created a leading brand in the filling industry. It will be an honour to progress it from here.”

Antonio Riggio succeeds, Luigi Lavelli, who as former owner of Tecnopails continues in an advisory role.

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