Engines Engineering is being designing and making prototypes since 1979, i.e. since the founder Alberto Strazzari realizes the great potential of plastic materials and their application into the two-wheel industry. The idea was a great success at some important producers of the emerging Emilian motorvalley and leads to the creation of innovative investments for that era that allow the company to stand for technology and the quality of its services.
The growing experience in the development of style and in the design of the vehicles is also recognized by the major international manufacturers and the company acquires new Customers and projects both in Europe and Worldwide. In the recent years, the strategic decision to offer Customers a full range of up-to-date services has been complemented by new investments in facilities, human resources, equipment and technology. In 2015, the last enlargement of the headquarters in Castenaso (BO):, where offices and departments are spread over an area of about 5,500 square meters.
Engines Engineering was established in 1979 when Mr. Alberto Strazzari agrees to start the project of an auxiliary motor for bicycles that transmits motion to the wheel via a plastic gear for the Company Bernardi Mozzi. The first work equipment is a drawing table inside the family workshop.
In the 1980’s Mr. Strazzari develops the use of composite plastics (fiberglass) onto the bikes and mopeds design by innovating an area where most of the surfaces are still made of metal. Soon, he equipped the workshop with a mould department and started working with the leading manufacturers of motorcycles of the rising Bolognese motor valley.
In 1984, Engines Engineering was equipped with a CAD station with Cimatron 3D software and is the first company in Italy to use a small three-dimensional software in the motorcycle design. It is a very important investment, encouraged and supported by Malaguti in exchange for some new projects.
In the early 90’s Engines Engineering begins other investments in new technologies and human resources: two CAD stations are purchased as well as a modeling department and a metrological department are built inside the Company, are fully equipped to be faster and self-governed for the development of new projects.
In 1992 a joint venture was launched for the use of wind tunnel with NAMI Institute in Moscow, the prestigious Russian state automotive technology center.
Such agreement also includes the collaboration with technicians specialized in the automotive industry and in 1992 Engines Engineering develops a project of electric car called Oda: presented at the Motor Show in 1992, this car attended competitions of vehicles powered by alternative energy sources (hydrocarbons) achieving excellent results.
In 1995 the headquarters are moved to Castenaso, a few kilometers far from Bologna where two new departments find place: one for the proto manufacturing and one for the structural CAE engineering.
In 1998 Malaguti stands in the first raw once again thanks to Madison 125 and 250, which have been awarded with the Good Design Award by the Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design on Ciak model.
In 1999, as the first norms on pollution come into force, a testing laboratory is created for engines and vehicles with TUV certified benches provided with the necessary equipment for the complete analysis of exhaust gases.
At the same time a bench is built to simulate the stress on the frames in order to verify the fatigue life (CAD-DRUM) completing the development cycle that allows you to connect the calculation to experimental stages.
In the very beginning of 2000 another wing of the establishment that well exceeds 3,000 square meters is built, where the new style dept., the modeling dept., laboratories, and the new semi-anechoic chamber find place.
Engines Engineering sets up its own racing division which represents an excellent opportunity to confront itself with others bike manufacturers and grow the experience of its young engineers.
In 2008, before the start of the market crisis in Europe, the USA, and Japan, the property sells the majority of Engines Engineering capital to the Indian Mahindra Group, already present in the automotive sector, convinced that the new governance represents a guarantee for the company’s future.
In 2011, at the height of the crisis due to global financial turmoit, the company is purchaised again by the former property and relanced by doubling the revenues in 3 years until reaching 14 M€ in 2014
In 2015 the expansion of the plant was completed with the addition of 1,000 square meters for the technical office enlargement, the new laboratory for evapo tests and a new area for the prototype and road tests departments.
With the third building wing added to the previous two, the total area results in over 5,500 square meters.
Investments in the structure, new equipments and technologies as well as human resources that have enabled the Company’s growth and the international achievements required a continuous adaptation of IT systems to ensure the security of the data and information management. In the light of this, in 2016 a new management system has been implemented with the adoption of SAP.
At EICMA 2017 we have brought back to life one of the iconic motorbikes of the 1980s: the Katana 1100. Based on the GSX-S1000F, the new “Suzuki Katana” is made by Engines Engineering in collaboration with Rodolfo Frascoli and the Italian magazine Motociclismo.