12 — Fontana
Technological supercar trimming
Fontana group is one of the most important makers of supercar bodies. It is also a world leader in the manufacture of moulds and in the moulding of aluminium car bodywork. The group started in the 1950s when Pietro Fontana founded a workshop for mechanical processing and blanking focused on small metal parts. This aptitude for perfection in smaller items stayed with him when he moved his sphere of application to concentrate on what became his core business: the making of automotive moulds. In the 1980s, he brought the first numeric simulation software into the factory for the study of materials deformation: showing how a constant interest in the most advanced technologies can be grafted onto a habitual state-of-the-art craftman’s approach. As in a tailor’s shop, Fontana Group designs and makes the car apparel for customers like Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar and Rolls Royce. For Ferrari alone, Fontana Group made 100% of the Granturismo car bodywork. Outstanding is the masterly production of geometrically complex pieces with advanced materials (such as high-resistance aluminium alloys, magnesium alloys and carbon fibre composites) and technologies such as Blow Forming or additive manufacturing. In recent years the company expanded its expertise gained in the automotive sector to include the aerospace and furniture industries, with the opening of its new divisions F-Sky and Altreforme.