Remembering Pietro Torielli

Obituary
Published:  19 December, 2013
Pietro Torielli

Pietro Torielli passed away on December 6, 2013. He was born in Vigevano, Italy, May 13, 1938. When he had completed his studies at Northampton Technical College, UK he joined the family company producing machinery for the footwear industry with his father, Pietro Torielli senior, who had founded the business in 1924.
In 1966 Pietro Torielli was already chairman of the company, Torielli Spa, and was driving international development forward.

During the 1980s and 1990s he expanded the distribution network by setting up offices in Chennai and New Delhi in India, Torielli do Brasil Ltda and Torielli Far East, Australian Torielli Shoe Machinery Pty Ltd and Torielli South Africa Pty Ltd.

In 1986 the Italian government acknowledged Torielli’s international achievement when Prime Minister Bettino Craxi awarded Pietro Torielli with an Export Prize marking the 50th anniversary of the Italian republic, reserved for the top 100 outstanding Italian industries that had successfully promoted the "Made in Italy" concept worldwide.

Pietro Torielli was also European Chairman for the Technical Committee on safety regulations for footwear machinery; Chairman of the European Federation of Machinery Producers for Footwear, Leatherwear and Tanning (CEMCC) and a consultant working for the Indian government on their “National Leather Development Programme”.

He was currently a member of UNIDO’s “Leather Panel”, the organisation that outlines worldwide strategies for the leather and footwear sector of an agency reporting to the United Nations and Chairman of the Italian/Iranian Footwear/Leather Workgroup that had been set up under the aegis of both national governments.

Pietro Torielli also served on a number of Italian bodies and organisations. In 2000 he was appointed Vice President of the Piacenza and Vigevano Foundation. He had previously held the position of councillor, and subsequently President, of the National Consortium of St Crispian and Crispinian.

He was a member of the ASSOMAC steering committee, the Italian Association for manufacturers of machinery for footwear, leatherwear and tanning, and had also held the position of President of the Association from 1995 to 1999, fostering its development and the international profile of the industrial sectors represented by ASSOMAC on an international level.

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