The Riva Group ranges among the most important European steel producers. Founded in 1954 by Emilio Riva, the pioneer of the Italian steel industry after World War II, the group specializes in the production of long products in electric steel mills. In the Sixties the group reached a position of leadership internationally acknowledged and spread into the most important European countries thanks to its high production standards and to an entrepreneurial strategy focused on continuous investments and growth. Since June 2014 the Group, which is financed exclusively with private capital, is led by Claudio Riva. Among the total work force of 4000, the number of young employees with A level or university degree is continuously growing. Out of 20 production sites of the Group three are located in Germany, six in Italy, seven in France, two in Belgium, one in Spain and one in Canada. Moreover, nine sales companies and two scrap processing companies belong to the group.
In the long products sector the Riva Group was able to improve its EU (28) market stake to currently 12 %, thereby consolidating its position of leadership on this important market. Like in the past, the Group enacts each year a significant investment programme, which in 2015 amounted to approx. 60 million Euro and was focused on the quality improvement of products and processes, work safety and environmental compatibility of the production. Some of the customers, like the mechanical engineering and automotive industries and the producers of earth moving and civil engineering machines, have particularly high quality requirements. Among the products produced by the Group there are also drawn, peeled and ground steels produced from rolled steel.