Groz-Beckert KG

Newsletter 2 | 2010

Customer Portrait: S.A. Giuseppe Cristini S.p.A.

Italy is a bastion of paper production in Europe. It is where the Cristini Group has been successfully providing the paper industry for over 90 years with high-quality textile machine clothing. The Cristini Group can trace its origins right back to the mid-18th century, however. Cristini is deeply rooted in the tradition of the region around Fiorano al Serio, near Bergamo in Northern Italy, which itself has had close connections with the textiles industry since the Middle Ages. On this basis Cristini, family-owned and now in its second and third generation, feels a strong obligation towards its customers in the paper industry.

The company today

Today, paper and cellulose machine clothing from Cristini are sold in over 50 countries to over 1,000 customers worldwide. The main production location is still in Fiorano al Serio, at the heart of Northern Italy's most important industrial region. In 1997 a factory covering over 50,000 square metres of space was opened in Canada. In 1998, in order to serve the paper industry even more comprehensively, the company made its product range complete by acquiring several European manufacturers and production plants.

In the year 2000 the Cristini Group introduced its Engineering division, in order to develop its own technologies and to produce microwave-based diagnostics systems together with a leading Italian university. In the meantime, five lines of diagnostics systems have been developed, including the world's first ever so-called "microwave consistency" measuring device.

Company philosophy

The strength of Cristini lies in the production of technologically advanced products for the paper industry which make high-quality paper production possible in the first place. The company philosophy eschews standard products, placing the emphasis exclusively on tailored solutions for very specific areas of application. With its high quality standards, Cristini has earned the appreciation and trust of its customers, also from foreign markets where competition is fierce. Distribution agreements with renowned suppliers of machines and accessories for cellulose and paper factories have further enhanced Cristini's ability to provide its customers with a full assortment and comprehensive service.

"The steady further development of our production plants and well trained personnel who work systematically" is the recipe for success of this unusual group of companies, whose aim is to achieve the highest of all objectives: customer satisfaction.

Thanks to this philosophy, Cristini has received the international ISO 9001 accreditation for all its production plants. Regular data updates and constant information exchange between developers and end-consumers ensure that products are always developed with an eye to the highest quality.

The company is also pursuing innovation in its cooperation with universities, research competence centres, paper manufacturers and paper machine producers. This has resulted in the latest generation of press felts (VentaPlaneTM), the latest press nonwoven with a polymer surface (MicroPoreTM), and also the use of nanotechnology in the paper-machine clothing sector (MicroGripTM)


Cristini currently produces over 350 different kinds of paper machine clothing, used in all machine types and for all paper qualities, from the forming to the drying process. The Cristini Group is the world's leading producer of covers for fiber cement machines. The product range in this sector comprises more than 50 types. Felts for cellulose machines, for conveyor belts of corrugated cardboard machines, filter felts and further felts for industrial applications round off the range available.

Paper machine clothing

OptiFlyer™ SSB – Forming
VentaPlane™ non woven press fabrics – Pressing

DuraClean™ – Drying

Other clothing

FiberTech™, pin-seamed press fabrics – covers for the cellulose industry
EcoTech™, fabric for New Technology –Covers for the fiber cement industry



Hoisting ropes

Plaited rope
Twisted rope

In the hoisting rope sector, Cristini offers splicing tools and the relevant accessories.

Further products

The broad product range also includes:

  • Stainless steel fabrics
  • Filter felts
  • Conveyor belts for corrugated cardboard production
  • Special products for production of nonwovens


Additionally, Cristini offers sector-specific measuring tools:

  • PressScanTM moisture measurement device
  • PermFlowTM permeability measurement device
  • FiberScanONETM "microwave consistency" measurement device


Cristini is one of the leading producers of paper-machine clothing, placing high standards on its products and thus on the raw materials, machines and tools required for their manufacture. This is where Groz-Beckert comes into play - as a supplier of high-quality precision tools. You can find more detailed information on the production of paper-machine felts in the article "Paper Production". Detailed information about Groz-Beckert needles especially developed for this purpose can be found in the article "Interface Between Paper and Machine".  

Contact details CRISTINI
S.A. Giuseppe Cristini S.p.A.
via Bombardieri, 5
24020 Fiorano al Serio (BG),

Sales and Service Department
Tel: +39 035 715111
Fax: +39 035 711451