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Superhero Dad

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March 19 is Saint Joseph’s Day and it is precisely on this date that Father’s Day occurs in Italy.

The origin of Father’s Day dates back to the first decade of the 20th century, when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd decided to celebrate her father, William Jackson Smart, an American Civil War veteran who raised her and her five siblings alone.
Dodd proposed celebrating a Father’s Day as a special day to honor all fathers and their importance in their children’s lives.

Since then, Father’s Day has spread rapidly around the world, with many countries starting to celebrate it on different dates of the year.

Father’s Day is an annual celebration dedicated to all fathers and their contributions in their children’s lives and is meant to be an occasion to show appreciation and gratitude to one’s biological fathers or to that male figure who has played an important role in the lives of the own children.

It’s a day for children to show appreciation and gratitude for their love, support, and guidance.

There are many activities you can do to celebrate this special day, but what really matters is the gesture of love and affection you show your dad on this special day.

Best wishes to all fathers from SPII!

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli


SPII Super Womans

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Today, more than ever, we celebrate Women.

All women and first of all our SPII Women!

We value the strength of femininity and its freedom of expression even in the world of work, because talent has no gender.

To you : Happy Women’s Day!

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli

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Failure is just the beginning: #TryEverything

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5. SPII’s Charter of Values – #TryEverything

Error is part of progress, but
every mistake should not happen more than once.

We always felt proud about being a “different” Company. From the very beginning of our story, something about SPII felt special.

We started off as a small industrial design studio in Milan, then moved to Saronno – an apparently unconventional choice.

After some time, the decision was made to sell part of the Company, something very difficult to do for a small family business: first to an equity fund, then to Schaltbau Group.

Then the management passed into the hands of Paola Foiadelli, a turning point that marked a different kind of leadership for SPII and confirmed our forerunner inclusiveness.

We overcame difficult times, and in our darkest hour we decided to set sail for a journey of change and embarked in a complex project such as SPII Evo

Until today, when we can proudly say we are 100% part of the Schaltbau Group, one more great change for our once small family business.

It was a rough path, sometimes we didn’t see the trail in front of us anymore, sometimes we worried it was an error…and sometimes we indeed made mistakes!

Nevertheless, do you know how comes we are still here? Because…

We are not afraid of mistakes

Error is part of life, of change, and it’s definitely part of progress.

There can’t be one without the other. Many people, and many companies, fear errors, they consider them failures to avoid at all costs…

Well, we don’t. Since the very beginning, we embraced them. We welcomed the opportunity to fail, because we believe FAIL stands for First Attempts In Learning!

We believe that to find out the right solution you often need to try everything, even the wrong ones.

And this is why we decided to place in 5th position in our Charter of Values a motto that we keep repeating like a mantra:

#TryEverything: I wanna try even though I could fail

Have you ever heard this song from Shakira? We know it very well because it became the soundtrack of our change management process, called SPII Evolution.

We wanted to encourage our people to make it happen, to go out of the way to succeed, to think different…and the lyrics of this song was perfect!

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So we sang it, we screamed on top of our lungs, “try everything, try eeeeverythiiiing”. So much that we actually convinced ourselves to do it!

Today, we do try everything, everyday. We choose to be brave, to follow different ways, even when it means to dramatically change our direction. We allow SPII to follow its own path, wherever it leads#WhereverWeCan.

The fine line between mistake and progress

How do you keep trying everything, without risking it all?

You need to welcome errors, but to be merciless with repetition: the enemy is not the mistake, is failing to learn from it!

We need to change our idea of “error”, to see it as a starting point, so that we can openly try all the options even when failure is a possibility.

Doing mistakes doesn’t have to become something good, however it is important to remember that it is part of the game: you should not be afraid of it, or you will never evolve.

When errors happen, pause and reflect:

  • what can you learn from it?
  • Was it really a complete mistake?
  • How can you avoid doing it a second time?

This is the power of errors: they teach you precious lessons, if you let them.

We turned our approach from fighting mistakes to fighting risks. We don’t accept errors, neither encourage them (and we are especially merciless the second time around). Yet, we don’t worry so much about avoiding mistakes, but about mitigating the risk.

Decisions should be ambitious but thoughtful: you should prevent the worst consequences of a mistake, not the mistake itself.

What do you think? Do you agree with us? Let us know and…

See you next time,
Ilaria Cazziol


Teamwork for everyone’s safety

Teamwork for everyone’s safety
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On a sunny winter day, a training course held by the Responsible for Prevention and Protection Service brought together the emergency teams of the company.

The course was divided into two parts: a theoretical part and a practical part.

The theoretical part took place in Saronno headquarters, where our RSPP Carlo Mariani presented the safety regulations in the workplace and emergency procedures, explaing how to prevent fires, how to recognize risks, and how to use fire extinguishers.
He also illustrated the different types of fire extinguishers and when to use them, as well as the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Rspp encouraged the emergency teams to ask questions and express their concerns.

After the theoretical part, it was time for the practical test.
In the company’s parking lot, the Rspp simulated a fire and asked the emergency teams to put it out using the fire extinguishers.
Adrenaline rose quickly, but thanks to the training received, the staff acted with determination and confidence.

The Rspp analyzed the performance of the emergency teams, highlighting the things done well and those to be improved.
He emphasized the importance of regular training to maintain high awareness and responsiveness of the staff in case of emergencies.

At the end of the day, the emergency teams left the course with a greater awareness of workplace safety and the certainty of being prepared to face any emergency situations.

The training for firefighters has once again demonstrated that occupational safety is a top priority for every company.

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli

Fighting procrastination: #MakeItHappen & #Vision

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4. SPII’s Charter of Values – #MakeItHappen #Vision

We believe that doing today is better than doing tomorrow,
and that thinking about tomorrow makes today better.

Do you remember what our Vision is?

Don’t worry, here is a reminder:

Human beings stand at the center of the fully automated and robotic world of the future

Can you see what is special about it?
If you look closely, you will see that this statement combines present and future: we see the the world of tomorrow, which will be fully automated and robotic somehow, but we consider it as if it was already happening today.

We work today to make what we see for tomorrow happen. This is how we fulfill our #Vision – with a Value we summarized as:


The worst enemy for a Company

We came to believe that the worst enemy for a Company is procrastination.

Every single person in an Organization needs to fight this natural tendency: human beings tend to let today roll by without exploiting its full potential, because they believe tomorrow will be there to compensate.

But this attitude leads to accumulation: everything that is not urgent slips into tomorrow, forming a pile that keeps growing and growing, until it becomes simply overwhelming and impossible to complete.

We try to act accordingly to the old saying “never put off till tomorrow what can be done today“: doing today is always better when possible, because it avoids the accumulation of undone stuff on tomorrow’s you.

There may even be a worst one…

But action is not the only trap of procrastination. Another one, an even worse one if possible, is thinking.

We encourage our people, whatever their role in the Company, to especially “never put off until tomorrow what can be thought today“.

Because thinking about tomorrow is key to accomplishing what needs to be done the next day: organization is the best way to fight procrastination (shouldn’t this become a new proverb?).

Whenever our day is not planned, our priorities are not straight and our tendency to postpone is left unchecked, we end up swinging from one easy and unimportant task to the next, leaving today’s fuel to burst info flames tomorrow.

How do you put out a fire?

Fires are dangerous, but not as much as the people who let them spread.

The problem is, if you only mind putting out the fires that are in front of you today, you will end up burned to the ground anyway: new fires will spread while you try to control the existing ones!

#MakeItHappen means that you need to keep a balance between what you need to do now, what is as urgent as it is important, and what you can’t postpone indefinitely, because it is not urgent but it IS important.

Thinking, planning and organizing tomorrow allows you to avoid new fires, thus making tomorrow better.

What is “tomorrow” for you?

“Thinking about tomorrow” is easier said than done.

Because “tomorrow” is not as definite as a day of the week: it’s the future, the changes and challenges that are coming, the ones you are just starting to glimpse, but even others that you don’t even imagine yet.

It’s like putting human being at the center of the future world: for this to happen tomorrow, we have to start working in that direction today.

It doesn’t really matter if the future is one day, one week, one year or one century away. It will come, and you have to be ready.

Fighting procrastination means mostly this: knowing what “tomorrow” means for you.

From defining the Vision to planning the team’s activities for the next day, the time-frame can be very different.

In the production area, people work today on today’s tasks, but their manager has to think about next week’s activities.

The more you climb the Organization ladder, the longer you need to plan for: a month, a year, even the direction in 5-10 years for top management.

The important thing is to #MakeItHappen.

See you next time,
Ilaria Cazziol


What is our secret? We have 3: #Passion #curiosity #courage

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3. SPII’s Charter of Values – #Passion #Curiosity #Courage

We believe everything made with passion has more value,
that curiosity is the spark of progress,
and that courage to dare is the only way to truly innovate.

Companies often look for certain characteristics in their employees or candidates. Usually these are skills, hard or soft ones, that can positively impact their job and the company at large: empathy, problem solving, professionalism, team work…

Over the years, we came to define as well a certain set of characteristics that we value most, the ones we look for in the people we hire and in the way we run this company. Do you want to know what they are?

It’s simple: they are mainly 3.

1. Passion builds more value

It may sound mainstream, but this is the first thing we strive to achieve and that we look for in people. Passion is a driver for future value, it helps innovation, it prevents people turnover, and it may ultimately be the most important characteristic a person can have.

It doesn’t mean that you need to have an incredible passion for trains to work at SPII, neither that you have to be passionate about everything that you do in your job…but you do need to have a passion for what you are trying to achieve.

Be it a new product, a new way to make something old, a boring task that is for a greater good, or even something you don’t agree with. It is the passion to face new challenges that is most important.

Because not everything in life, nor in your everyday job, may be entertaining and impactful…but the passion you have for it determines the way you interact with reality, and the overall results you can achieve.

2. You need curiosity to explore new worlds

Curiosity is something often associated with children: they have a natural tendency to explore new situations, to try everything, to ask questions – even dumb ones.

This is exactly what we look for in our people, and the kind of behavior we want to have as a company!

We want to challenge the status quo, the “it’s always been done this way” mentality, and the boring attitude companies start to have when they believe they have done it all.

Our story is 75 years old, but our attitude is as young as new. We keep challenging ourselves, looking for new ways to do old stuff, trying to improve what is good and turn it into great.

It’s a shift in perspective: from “we need to get there” to “we are here…where to next?“.

You can’t achieve this without curiosity!

3. Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s the ability to conquer it

This is possibly the most important of the three, because:

  • it’s difficult to have passion if you don’t have the spirit to invest fully in something,
  • and you definitely can’t be curious if you are not brave enough to challenge what is in front of you.

The status quo is good, is safe and comfortable…why should anyone ever change that?
Courage is the answer.

You need courage to take difficult decisions everyday, something a good manager can’t lack – it would be otherwise much easier not to decide anything at all.

You need courage to believe in your ideas and challenge the ones of others, and every valuable worker needs to do that despite everything.

You need courage to suggest new options, to innovate, to try and accept that you could fail…and this is something invaluable for a company, otherwise time and change will inevitably take their toll.

Over the years, we got to believe that these are some of the most important characteristics we can find in people, and the ones we want to have as a company.

This is why they find space in the third place of our Charter of Values, right after #Whereverwecan and #Inclusion.

These are not universal truths, and not every job requires these three characteristics…but this is what we think is needed to work in SPII, and to contribute to our Vision and Mission.

Do you agree? Do you think you have them? Let’s meet, then!

See you next time,
Ilaria Cazziol


SPII 75th Anniversary

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SPII S.p.A. turns 75!

Remembering the past and with an eye to the future, we retrace the moments of a success story, made up of people who made it possible.

We want to remind ourselves – first of all – how we got here: from when it all started with the first sacrifices and the first strokes of genius to become the competence center of an international group.

Let’s celebrate this anniversary together as a new starting point for the future challenges that await us, which we want to face as always with #Passion, #Curiosity and #Courage.

Enjoy the video!


See you next time,
Simona Gianoli




We are proud to introduce you the EVO 2.0 Meeting Room !

It is located at our site in Gerenzano, whose space serves as both a meeting room and a break room.

In recent years we have followed the wave of the revolution of the working environment, in which the location plays an increasingly important role.

That’s why we wanted to create a more flexible and collaborative meeting and sharing place, where a simple break or meeting almost becomes a sensory experience.

As usual, we wanted to “play” on the creation of this room, giving it a meaning enclosed in its details: The EVO 2.0 Room, whose shape almost recalls the memory of a labyrinth, is made up of a series of panels depicting our latest innovative technological creations, to remind us how we managed to achieve these great goals together, despite the difficulties we encountered along the way.

All the panels are in semi-transparent micro-perforated material, so that we can always keep in mind that it is important to observe even beyond our borders: there is a need to evolve, break the rules and get out of the routine to embrace originality and particularity, this allows us to aspire to real successes.

As with all the professional environments of our company, the creation of this room was also accompanied by our vision: people and their needs at the centre.

Consequently, the working environment also becomes of fundamental importance, as it determines a great influence on people’s productivity and creativity, essential qualities for our company.

#WhereverWeCan – wherever there is inspiration, with passioncuriosity and courage.

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli

Sustainability in SPII turns silver!

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We are pleased to announce that SPII has been awarded a silver medal for its environmental, social and ethical performance evaluation.

We received this important award from the universal provider EcoVadis, which deals with the analysis of business practices regarding sustainability aspects.

We are proud of the achievement of this result, which allows us to be among the 25% of the best companies in the world that have undertaken the verification process with Ecovadis.

The certification obtained highlights our real interest in social, environmental, ethical and sustainable procurement issues – with the aim of offering our stakeholders the best in terms of quality, reliability and efficiency.

Our corporate campaign has always promoted a sustainable culture and today we wish to thank all the people who work at SPII and who have made it possible to achieve this goal.

We will continue to work to further strengthen our responsible policies and strive to achieve even higher goals in order to improve the sustainability of the production processes and products offered to our customers.

Another objective that we believe to be important as Spii is to obtain ISO 45001 certification by the end of 2022 and to this end we are integrating the safety requirements into our Quality and Safety Management System.

Small gestures to make the world a better place.” WhereverWeCan

See you next time,
Simona Gianoli




Getting to the last piece of a series is always a compromise between satisfaction and melancholy

Like a beautiful journey that comes to an end.

We have recently delivered the last control desk for the ETR1000 fleet destined for Spain.

Thanks to Hitachi Rail for involving us again this time, and good luck to Iryo for the start of the new service in Spain with what has been defined as the most beautiful train in the world.

As for us, we can only be proud of the work of our team and we can’t wait to be able to measure ourselves with the next projects!