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The Brescia company Lelit (Gemme Italian Producers)founded by the Epis brothers and based in Castegnato, was acquired for 168.4 million Australian dollars (about 113 million euros) by the Australian multinational Breville Sage, an international leader and listed on the stock exchange, which produces coffee machines and kitchen appliances.
The Franciacorta company, which in recent years has seen its turnover grow significantly (from 13 million in 2019 to 39 million today), specializes in the design and production of espresso machines and ironing systems for home and professional use.
A big blow to the brothers Epis, who founded it in 1986 in San Vigilio di Concesio, to the point of transforming it into a solid reality, which is not aimed at a generalist target, but offers a niche product profiled for demanding and aware users, who stock up in coffee shops or specialized shops. In an interview just two years agothe chief executive officer Emanuele Epis he told our newspaper that the intention was to grow more and more abroad, after having significantly increased the number of employees. So it was.
«A historic day – he commented on his Facebook page the manager from Brescia Marco Gafforini, who has been following the company for ten years -. This is an operation built over time, which has aimed to include young, competent and motivated people, so as to become an attractive reality in the eyes of many. Last year – continues Gafforini – we examined various offers, but we chose Breville because it has a corporate culture that is incredibly close to ours, that is, informal, “goal oriented” and with very high skills “. «The acquisition of Lelit – commented the managing director of Breville Jim Clayton on Channelnews – brings together the two great coffee cultures of the world: Italy and Australia, “he said.
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