UK-Italy Business Awards


Now in its seventh edition, the UK-Italy Business Awards is the event where the British Government formally acknowledges the contributions of Italian companies that chose the UK as their destination for international expansion.

The awards ceremony, organized by the British Consulate-General in Milan and UK Trade & Investment in cooperation with Borsa Italiana - London Stock Exchange Group. The awarded companies were all able to take advantage of the opportunities the UK has to offer as well as of government policies in favor of business and innovation.

Renzo Gibellini, founder and CEO has withdrawn the prize “Internationalisation Award” during the ceremony, which took place on January 23, 2014, at Palazzo Mezzanotte of Borsa Italiana.


List of Winners at UK-Italy Business Awards 2013:

·         INVESTINDUSTRIAL Investor of the Year

·         ASSICURAZIONI GENERALI  Long Term Investor Award

·         MOLESKINE SPA  Brand Recognition Award

·         REFLEX&ALLEN Internationalisation Award

·         SEDA PACKAGING GROUP Industrial Investment Award

·         SISVEL  Business Growth Award

·         TERNIENERGIA  Green Economy Award

·         TRATOS GROUP  Industrial Investment Award

·         ZAMBON Research & Development Award


Company Profile

The company, originally named GRD sas, was founded in 1988 in Modena, in the heart of the so called Motor Valley. Since 2005 the Group has had its headquarters in Guiglia, in the hills near Modena.

Through a strategy of acquisitions and internal growth a network of automotive OEM and aftermarket customers has been developed. In January 2009, the Group acquired Allen Group and launched Reflexallen as its new global commercial brand.

The product range, mainly dedicated to parts for heavy goods vehicles, engines and trailers, is designed, developed and manufactured by the various companies in the Group and arranged in 4 division of products: Pneumatic, Electrical, Fluid Power and Safety Devices.

Reflexallen has a global manufacturing and distribution footprint through its subsidiaries in China, India, Italy, Japan, Ireland, United States and the United Kingdom; a strong global presence that will be further enhanced in 2014 through the acquisition of a major Indian manufacturer and the opening of a subsidiary in Brazil.

The presence of the Group in the UK dates back to 1998 where through several acquisitions over the years achieved the leadership in the UK market.

Motivation for the Award

With an international turnover of nearly € 60 million in 2013 and a forecast of more than € 80 million for the current year, the Group has decided to expand its footprint in the UK with an ambitious new project, now mainly focused on the passenger car market.

The project will be developed in two main directions: a doubling of the current production footprint on a new industrial area and built according to World Class Manufacturing methodology; secondly the growth of an automotive center of excellence with the aim of attracting Tier2 suppliers, developing R&D activities and creating a cluster of skills for the workforce and local industry.



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