Colorificio San Marco S.p.A. is the parent company of the San Marco Group, the leading Italian manufacturer and distributor of paints and varnishes for the professional building sector. With a history that began in 1937 in Venice on the initiative of Cav. Pietro Tamburini, it is now run by the fourth generation of entrepreneurs of the Geremia family, having evolved into a benchmark company also on the international scene. Decorativi San Marco instead is a brand of Colorificio San Marco S.p.A. and is specialized in decorative paints and varnishes.
Venice and the art of decoration
From fillers and plasters, to wrought iron, inlaid wood and mosaics, the highest quality of the Venetian products and the splendour of the residences along the Grand Canal have long testified to how the Venetian art workshops give materials a life-force, transforming them into a décor that is synonymous with 'refinement' the world over.
This was the vision that the Tamburini-Geremia family drew upon to start their business in 1937 with the company called simply Pietro Tamburini; In 1962, a few kilometres from Venice, on the mainland, the company grew and was transformed into Colorificio San Marco S.p.A., a public limited company that was structured to bring together research, expertise, quality, attention to detail and inventiveness, thus transferring the great tradition of Venetian art and craftsmanship to interior decoration.
A family story
The story began in 1937, when Cavalier Pietro Tamburini, the business founder, left the dairy farm he had opened in 1920, to start selling white and coloured earth powders to decorative painters and craftsmen who used them for stuccoes, marbles when decorating Venetian palaces.
Nel1962, with his daughter Alessandrina, he started selling paints and varnishes, and relocated to a Venetian villa on the mainland. It was indeed Alessandrina who would take over the reins, instilling a culture of work and research inspired by those values still today so rooted in the company's genes: strong ambition, perseverance, respect towards collaborators, transparency, and ethics.
Under her leadership, the company took on an industrial dimension, with the setting up of a new R&D laboratory which became the engine of innovation. With her son, Federico Geremia, current President, the company finally became leader in the domestic market thanks to the winning ranges of new products and the introduction of the Professional Assistance Centres.
In those years of rapid growth, the Tamburini-Geremia family remained true to its vision, and alternated its passion for the company and its work with the love of art through a relentless pursuit and continued support of the culture of its own territory.
Today, thanks to the supervision of Federico, and the commitment of his children Mariluce, Marta and Pietro, the company has developed into a Group highly committed to an ambitious internationalization strategy which sees it present in over 100 countries.
A made in italy know-how
The commitment and passion of Geremia’s family towards quality and research, combined with unparalleled manufacture wisdom, put the vocation of the company in the wake of the most authentic made in Italy, not only as manufacturing expertise as well as cultural identity.
The ability to incorporate in the material and in the product high aesthetic dimension implies not only an expertise rooted in tradition, but also a high rate of innovation that can strengthen the symbolic value that maximizes the product as a symbol of “Italian Lifestyle”.
This is especially true for the Italian world of decor, which made of design the flag of a distinctive excellence as to conquer international markets. At this same size also belongs the mission of Colorificio San Marco, that through the proposal of of high quality decorative aesthetic solutions it returns to contemporary a rich heritage of traditional craft techniques by innovating with research of new materials and trends for a contemporary Italian lifestyle.
Professionals of decoration
The Research and Development laboratory of Colorificio San Marco has played a major role in the growth of the company, so that the full range of products for the domestic market and for export, has been completely developed internally.
Its main task is to transform insights and creativity into successful products. This is why the research laboratory is an environment in which takes place a continuous exchange of ideas in an open and engaging way.
The team of researchers, in fact, not only creates new products and improves existing formulations, but is a real pillar for the support of all other business functions. It is entrusted with tasks of primary importance, such as the constant control of quality and productivity, or the resolution of environmental issues to minimize the impact of products and processes.
The investments made in recent years have allowed us to further expand the laboratories and to create cutting-edge tools room. Just the instrumental investigation led to the discovery of new features and capabilities of the paint products, for both the decoration and the restoration of buildings of merit or historic interest.
The choice of sustainability
Sustainability has become one of the fundamental coordinates of our existence. We ask ourselves (and we face) frequently the problem if our actions are “sustainable” or not. The effects of our activities are increasingly affecting more or less invasively, in the whole ecosystem. The question we must ask, then, is not IF action, a choice, a behavior is sustainable but HOW MUCH is it.
The scientific world arises this question for decades and most unambiguous response back to the Life Cycle Assessment that is the analysis of the life cycle of the product. In the metaphor of the life cycle, the “cradle” is the extraction of raw materials from mines and quarries. The “grave”, however, will be the degradation of the same materials, processed, will suffer in landfills, incinerators or, preferably, in any process where they will be re-used.
It is necessary to understand everything that happens between these two events to consciously judge its sustainability features. This is confirmed by national, European union community and international guidelines.
Colorificio San Marco has used this tool extensively: in 2010 published the first certified environmental declaration. In 2013 the first issue of “environmental data sheet” of the product: an exclusive information tool containing the potential impacts of a wide range of products in the catalog.
Protecting the environment, respect for nature, the well-being of employees, the sensitivity to the artistic tradition of Italy and Venice are the elements that define the ethics and the corporate responsibility towards society and the territory.
The power of numbers
Today the Group vaunts 10 production and business sites around the world, and 6 brands. It is among Italy's leading companies in the paints and coatings for the professional construction sector, and is a benchmark company in the upscale interior decoration world, where, as a trend-setter, it exports the "made in Italy" culture worldwide.
The main production site extends over more than 78,000 sq. m, in Marcon (province of Venice). Built according to the most advanced manufacturing technology, it includes three automated plants, which can produce 35,000,000 kg/year overall of water-based paints, thick coatings and lime products, and three production units for colour pastes, and water-based enamels and varnishes and specialities, for a capacity of 10,000,000 kg/year.
The preferential partners are the Professional Assistance Centres (CAP) , a select group of distributors with which the company has developed strong partnerships, specializing in assisting customers in all issues related to San Marco's creations.
Abroad, through specialized distributors, the company is present in 6 continents and over 100 countries worldwide. The commercial and manufacturing structure is constantly expanding due to a policy that aims at increasing internationalization through participation in the most important trade fairs, and a presence in foreign markets through specialized showrooms.
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