Our Story

VR Group is a global leader in the market for glass fronted door glasses for the home appliance market and works with over 3,000 clients all over the world. Thanks to our entrepreneurial spirit, ability to innovate and dynamism we have over 100 years of experience in this sector.

Our story started in 1905, when our founders belonging to the Lodi family, who worked in the historically important glass making tradition of Altare (SV) and Colle Val d’Elsa (SI), set up their business in Turin; even then the production ranged from household items (lighting) to the pharmaceutical sector, up to glass perfumery.

The automotive sector in the seventies was in a boom period and VR Group started producing glass for headlights. To manage the increasing demand for its products, VR Group established in 1968 its new factory and head office at Colognola ai Colli in the province of Verona. This was how Vetrerie Riunite spa was founded. During this time, production and development of door glasses for washing and dish washing machines was started and this became the principal business for the group.

In 1981 VR Group purchased Borromini srl a company with many years’ experience in the production and development of moulds for the automotive lighting sector.

In the middle of the 80’s VR Group created Novaref spa to develop glass rollers for the ceramics and construction business.

The VR Group has moved forward into the new millennium and continues its growth in both production, quality and exploiting new techniques. The latest investment for the group in 2017 was the building of a new oven Centauro, which will enable production levels to be increased by 25% to reach 300 tonnes of glass per day.

In 2018 a new commercial branch of Vetrerie Riunite is established in China and called VRI.

In 2019 VR group joins Sun Capital Partners.

 

Towards the end of 2020, the tableware division Vetri delle Venezie is sold, while maintaining the production of glass dishware under the Chef Table brand. In 2021 VR group also completed the acquisition of the Chinese company  Suizhong Minghui Industrial Technology Ltd.

 

In this way VR group has gained more and more market share worldwide in the pressed technical glass sector, making the production of glass portholes for washing machines and dryers its main business.

Milestones

1905

1905

The Lodi family founded a glass factory in Turin for the lighting, pharmaceutical and perfumery industries.

1968

1968

The Vetrerie Riunite SpA plant is established in Colognola ai Colli (VR). Beginning of the production of glass headlights.

End of the 60s

Start of production of glass doors for washing machines and installation of the first automatic press.

1981

1981

Borromini was founded

1987

1987

Novaref was founded

1993

A fourth electric oven is added to the three existing gas ovens

End of the 90s

End of the 90s

The production of glass doors for washing/drying machines becomes the core business

1999

1999

Foundation of the Vetri delle Venezie glass tableware business unit

2004

Installation of 110 t/d furnace from the merger of two existing furnaces.

2007

Construction of a second 110 t/d furnace from the merger of the two remaining 60 t/d furnaces

2010

Installation of the first automatic quality control for broken glass and a press for big glass

2012

Added seventh glass production line

2017

Installation of new Centauro furnace of 175 t/day for glass production

2018

Establishment of the first sales office in China for technical glass (VRI)

2019

2019

Vetrerie Riunite is part of Sun Capital Partners

2020

Production cycle of glass becomes 100% automatic

2021

2021

Sale of Vetri delle Venezie business unit and relaunch of Chef Table glass bakeware

2021

2021

Acquisition of Chinese company Suizhong Minghui Industrial Technology Ltd and birth of VR group

2021

Construction eighth production line for glassware

Mission

To be the world leader in the production of high-quality components whilst respecting the environment.

Vision

We will become the global reference point for clients looking for highly specialised complex products, our focus is always to innovate using cutting-edge technologies.


World Map Business


842

GROUP'S TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

300

TONNES OF GLASS PRODUCTION PER DAY

43

MILLIONS OF PIECES PRODUCED PER YEAR BY THE GROUP

106

MILLIONS OF € TURNOVER 2021

100

COUNTRIES SERVED BY VR GROUP

15

GROUP'S TOTAL WORLWIDE WAREHOUSES

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