Ezio Cristina founded CRISTINA Rubinetterie in Gozzano, in 1949. The stages of the company follow the tradition opened by the founder until the arrival of his sons, Alberto and Riccardo, who lead the company towards a transformation on an industrial level. At the end of the 1980s, the acquisition of Silfra takes place, a company specialised in the production of soil pipes, electronic and time-controlled taps and fittings. With this operation, CRISTINA Rubinetterie moved onto an industrial dimension, strengthened in June 2017, when the brand became part of the Caleffi Group, leader in the manufacture of heating, air conditioning, plumbing and drainage parts. An operation that intended guaranteeing the continuity of the brand and its growth at an international level. Besides, the proprietary showroom was inaugurated in Milan in 2017, with the aim of implementing the dialogue with designers and architects, with business and design meetings, but also to propose events and strengthen the company's image.
CRISTINA Rubinetterie was among the first to introduce the thermostatic mixer in Europe in 1968 and to propose a range of 100 surface colours. In the 1980s, the company was among the first in the world to introduce the single lever mixer consisting in a single lever to regulate the water temperature. In 1994, the decision to produce the cartridges of the single lever mixer, an important investment in technology, allows a high degree of safety in the control of the production process and in the quality of the products. The use of stainless steel (guaranteed by the quality mark issued by Centro Inox) was introduced with the company dedicating an entire division to it in 2003. And then the expansion of the logistics centre of Gozzano in 2007, where a fully automated warehouse operates. Today, with four production sites located in the upper area of Novara, a total of 35 thousand square meters of covered area and 250 employees, CRISTINA Rubinetterie continues to stand with a totally Made in Italy production. The export turnover share exceeds 60%, and the company is present in over 60 countries. The company is a member of the Green Building Council Italia that uses the Leed rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as an evaluation system of the sustainability of buildings.
In 2020, CRISTINA Rubinetterie renews its strategy to determine the company's path in the near future, oriented to design, the relationship with the project and the hotel sector. In addition to a wide and diversified range of products in its catalogue, the company confirms the development of tailor-made solutions (in terms of dimensions, finishes and types of use) to meet design requirements.
The range, intended for bathrooms, kitchens, wellness and outdoor, is designed to be functional, durable and aesthetically in line with contemporary interior design projects.
The story of CRISTINA Rubinetterie began after the Second World War, when Ezio Cristina founded the company in 1949, in Gozzano (NO). It soon became a reference point in the taps and fittings sector due to constant R&D investments.
Over time, the founder's sons Alberto and Riccardo became involved in the company and pursued an entrepreneurial development policy grounded in tradition, transforming the brand into an international leader of the sector. Towards the late 1980s the company undertook a strategic operation which culminated in the acquisition of the company SILFRA
, specialised in the manufacture of soil pipes, electronic and time-controlled taps and fittings, giving rise to Gruppo Cristina.
Over the years, CRISTINA has evolved all aspects of production. For example, in 2007 the Gozzano logistics facility was enlarged to create over 2000 sqm of indoor space for a new, entirely automated warehouse.
CRISTINA's attraction to project culture manifests itself in an array of collaborations with numerous designers and architects for the creation of unique and timeless collections, which seamlessly combine creativity, aesthetics and functionality, in line with the company's spirit.
In May 2017 the company inaugurated its first ever Milan-based showroom, with the aim of fostering dialogue with designers and reinforcing brand awareness: four windows located on the historic via Pontaccio, in the heart of the Brera design district.
In June 2017 the company announced its acquisition by Gruppo Caleffi, Made in Italy leader in the manufacture of heating, air conditioning, plumbing and drainage parts. Alberto Cristina and Marco Caleffi played a key role in guiding this important operation, intent on guaranteeing seamless
continuity for the brand at an international level, thanks to the creation of new commercial synergies.
The company's internal Research & Development department is its pride and joy, entirely dedicated to the creation of innovative solutions to satisfy different customer needs.
Over the years, CRISTINA has distinguished itself on the market as a pioneer of style and trends. In 1968, it became the first company in Europe to introduce the thermostatic valve mixer and offer a range of 100 surface colours, thanks to the opening of its own painting division followed by a galvanisation division, thus revolutionising the sector.
For CRISTINA, the search of quality is a strategic objective that inspires design and a search for raw materials of excellence that are ecological, characterised by extraordinary technical performance and durability over time, without ever compromising aesthetics.
For example, the company committed to using stainless steel (guaranteed by the quality brand issued by Centro Inox), founding its own dedicated division in 2003. An ideal solution for bathroom and kitchen products that is extremely hygienic, easy to clean and eco-friendly, offering an exclusive image and modern appeal, with over 80% recycled material, thus reducing environmental impact.
With four production units located in the upper Novara province, a total of 35,000 indoor sqm facilities and 250 employees, CRISTINA Rubinetterie distinguishes itself in virtue of its exclusively Made in Italy production.
With four factories all located in the upper area of Novara, for a total of 35 thousand square meters of covered area and 250 employees, CRISTINA Rubinetterie stands out for a production totally Made in Italy. Two of the sites are located in Gozzano, with CNC machining centres and numerically controlled bar lathes, plants where centralised logistics is also located, with intensive warehouses for the preparation of components and semi-finished products for assembly lines, and with marking lasers.
In the Gargallo site there are the cleaning and polishing departments (with both robotic and manual grinding and cleaning islands), the surface treatment department (with galvanic electroplating) and nickel plating, chrome plating, gold plating and other galvanic finishes; and, finally, the assembly department for taps and fittings and the shipping of finished products. The plastic moulding department (with injection moulding presses), the laser welding island of stainless-steel shower heads, the marking lasers and the Silfra finished product assembly lines are in Fontaneto.
While remaining firmly rooted in its country of origin, the spirit of CRISTINA Rubinetterie is decidedly international.
Currently the company is present in over 60 countries throughout the world, with particular focus on Europe (France, Switzerland, Spain, UK, Germany, Belgium), scouting the rest of the world.
Indeed over 60% of company turnover is generated on foreign markets that recognise CRISTINA as a symbol of Italian quality and style.
CRISTINA Rubinetterie is the ideal partner for architects and interior designers.
In addition to a wide and diversified range of catalogue products, the company enables the development of tailored solutions, in terms of size, finishings and use, in order to satisfy various design requirements.
Numerous hotels, resorts, spas and the most exclusive residences have chosen CRISTINA to develop unique solutions inspired by well-being.
Examples of high-level collaborations include: BCF in Shanghai by Norman Foster; Excelsior Gallia Hotel, Milan, Hotel Ritz Carlton and the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.
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