Background

Background

In 1959, Vito Lorenzo Giordano and his wife Rosalba opened a design studio for central heating systems.
This was the forerunner of what was to become one the most important centres of applied research, quality control and certification of systems and products in Italy and Europe: Istituto Giordano.

When, as a result of the design activity during the sixties, Dr. Giordano realised that manufacturers were not providing enough technical data, he solved the problem by setting up his first thermo-hydraulics laboratory to verify plant characteristics.
 
In time, the organisation developed into a consulting service for manufacturers and by 1979, when the new head office at Bellaria had been completed, the initial “pioneer” phase of its development was over and Istituto Giordano had become a successful test centre for product conformity and contract research.
Today the institute operates both in the mandatory sector of European directives and national legislation and in the voluntary sector for quality marking and certification schemes. In addition it carries out research activities, of test system design and training.
Istituto Giordano certificates are recognised and respected internationally. “In a world of continuous transformation we must strive for greater product quality control to satisfy market demands and above all, a changed conception of the quality of life, safety and development compatible with environmental protection.” (V. L. Giordano, Chairman and Founder of Istituto Giordano).
The Institute has carried out this task successfully thanks to its structure of 15 divisions, 150 employees over an area of 42.500 square metres of test and research laboratories in Italy and abroad. All this has contributed over recent years to a constantly growing turnover with more than 250.000 certificates issued, 200 auditors, 45.000 visits per month to the website www.giordano.it and 200.000 readers per year of the TNL magazine.

A deliberate decision was made to keep Istituto Giordano a self-financed and self-managed, limited company without public contribution: a formula which allows completely unbiased judgement and at the same time permits a flexibility and rapidity of operation much appreciated in the manufacturing sector.
In fact, thanks to its recognition by several Italian ministries, by Accredia (Italian System for Laboratory Accreditation, Italian Calibration Service and Italian System for Certification Body Accreditation) and by the international scientific community, Istituto Giordano, frequently acts as a substitute for public authorities, e.g. in its capacity as a Notified Body.
 
Furthermore, Istituto Giordano has participated for years as a Contract Research Organisation in several EC funded, transnational, precompetitive research projects for developing new industrial products and/or processes aimed mostly at small and medium enterprises.