For over 55 years, the group has been focusing on analysis, planning and automation for the cutting room. From our headquarter in Dalmine, Bergamo, heart of textile production “Made in Italy“, to the extreme Asian continent and the distant South America, FKgroup has carried its brand name with the most eminent Italian and International brands in textile production in all its segments, from Fashion to Home Textile, from Automotive to Composites Fabrics.
FKgroup’s business philosophy is to change each environment into a new concept of production. A way of thinking the cutting room that FKgroup applies in care of the needs and in the best “tailor made” service.
FKgroup represents a choice of a good quality service from every point of view, through excessive care in the selection of components and solutions made with creativity, all with the highest attention to customers.
The group’s history began in 1961, when Flavio Cattini, founder of the company, develops and produces one of the first spreading machines in the world with electrical parts. After 10 years from its foundation, FKgroup becomes world leader in spreading machines with more than 1.000 units installed all over the Globe. Later emerges the idea of proposing prestigious solutions to discerning users, selected with the expert eye of someone who knows the secrets of this job. Thus begins a long journey with the passion for the finest quality.
With time, the craftsmanship of the origins blends with experience in high-level research & development, projecting FKgroup to be selected among the biggest names in the industry. So, FKgroup evolves, first with CAD Software and later with cutting machines, launching the company and FKgroup’s know-how worldwide. All this with the utmost fidelity to the founder’s original idea.
It’s a special year for FKgroup, becoming even stronger and it reaches a turning point by becoming a joint stock company. Modefinance (European society of rating, recognized by ESMA) increases the class of FKgroup making it rise from “BBB” to “A”, a rating defined as “excellent”.
FKgroup requires the TÜV MEP energy protocol and obtains the incredible A+ GOLD, with IDCL 100 at 5.9 kW and certified consumption up to 4 times lower than those of the competition. The internationalization programme of the group foresees the entry in the shareholding asset of the American based PGM System Inc. thus creating synergies with Shanghai and Fuzhou (PRC), as well as those with Temple City (USA). A branch is announced to be opened in Mulhouse (France) and the transformation of FKgroup into a joint-stock company begins.
FKgroup receives ISO 9001-2015 certification from TÜV SUD. Production doubles and three new production units are opened in Osio Sotto (BG). FKgroup obtains the excellent Public Rating B1.1 from Cerved Rating.
The “Tecno” line of cutting machines for technical and auto-motive fabrics is designed. Like 20 years before the “Biliardo” inaugurated the Static cutting of natural fibres, the “Brutus” model was born for the static cutting of technical fabrics: a must in cutting Carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass.
Due to the great demand of Asian markets, the production of the new “Top Cut 9”, automatic cutting for high thicknesses in knitwear, begins. The “Super Jeans” line of cutting and spreading machines is also created, dedicated to the great productions of Denim.
The new “Top Cut 6” and “Top Cut 8” machines are produced, which feature new certification ISO 5011 for filters against the finest powders. The new CAD version is also born.
The “Eco Power” systems are applied to the machines, allowing average consumption up to 4 times lower than the competition.
The “Freccia” automatic cutting machine for mattresses up to 2.5 cm is created in collaboration with SIEMENS and the new “590” spreading machine is put into production.
New important investments make it possible to re-create the CAD, the “490 PLC” spreading machines, the “Top Cut 3” Top Cut 8 “automatic cutting machines; “WOM PDM” software is born.
Sergio Gori, co-founder of Investronica Italia in 1984, joins the company structure of FK arna and FK systema: a single company with the FKgroup brand is born.
It is the year of the launch of the “BILIARDO” static cutting machine, ideal for medium-small productions in small spaces.
Nearly thirty years ago, the industrial-scale production of the “TP-3002” Conveyor fabric cutting machine began; many of those machines are still operating today. The CAD was created in 1987 in DOS, at the version 7, with “TexWin7”, the passage of CAD from DOS to Windows is inaugurated; followed by “Tex Win 8” with DB Access and, within a few years, “TexWin10” with SQL server.
Just 10 years after its foundation, FK arna becomes one of the world leaders in the construction of spreading machines, reaching 1,000 units installed in all continents.
Flavio Cattini establishes FK arna srl and continues the design and production of spreading machines.
Flavio Cattini, current president of FKgroup, designed and built in Carpi (Modena) the CARON branded first spreading machine with electro-mechanical parts; the project continued in Zingonia (Bergamo) where the first spreading machine in the world was born with electronic components.