The genesis of this enviable leading position goes back to 1926 in Cantù, when the founder, Arturo Salice, started the retail distribution of hardware produced in Italy and abroad. This enterprise, initially restricted to the local area, became a thriving business that, with ability and perseverance, was extended to the whole of Italy.
At the end of the fifties Arturo Salice started the production of his own line of furniture hardware at the new factory built at Cantù. At the same time, his sons Giorgio and Luciano entered the company and started to work together with their father in the management of the new venture, sharing with him the same qualities of perseverance, hard work and inventiveness. In those years, the far-sighted decision was taken to specialise exclusively in the production of furniture hinges.
On February 22nd 1957, Salice registered its first international patent covering a concealed, self-closing furniture hinge: an event that marked an incomparable technological milestone for the whole industry. Thus Arturo Salice S.p.A. was born.
The production units
In 1975 the huge new factory at Novedrate, the present home of the company, was inaugurated.
All production, the technical and administrative offices, warehouses, computer-based forwarding centre, and the Salice Technological Centre are accomodated in a building complex of 60.000 square metres which itself is set in a green landscape of 240.000 square metres.
The product range of the company was completed by the acquisition in 2000 of Adar SpA, now SALICE GUIDE SpA , and in 2010 by the company BORTOLUZZI SISTEMI, manufacturers of sliding door systems, which Salice took full ownership of in 2016. The branches
Salice is active in all the industrialised countries of the world through its network of subsidiaries.
1971: opening of the first two subsidiaries in Neckarwestheim, Germany and Antibes in France.
1985: a third subsidiary was opened in Huntingdon, UK.
1988 – 1989: opening of the Mississauga, Canada and Charlotte USA subsidiaries.
1993: an additional support and a stronger presence in the German and US market is provided by the opening of the branches in Löhne and Los Angeles.
2011: opening of Salice Espana in Barcelona.
2015: Salice extends its coverage to encompass Southeast Asia by establishing the Salice Asia branch, based in Hong Kong, and Salice China branch in Shanghai. Today
Now, as in the past, the company pursues a policy of constant investment aimed at keeping the production facilities up-to-date, improving production systems and rationalising production processes.