Giovanni Radrizzani and Antonia Airoldi embarked on their entrepreneurial journey by establishing their business, initially offering services to external clients, in a modest workshop spanning approximately 100m2. This workshop was situated in the charming historic centre in Uboldo Italy, right in front of the San Cosma church, serving as a vibrant hub for the town. As their business flourished, they eventually relocated to a second industrial facility, which now stands in the present-day Piazza Repubblica. Despite the passage of seventy years, the deep bond between ADR and the town of Uboldo remains unwavering and enduring.
The business underwent another important change as it moved to its current historic location on Via A.M. Ceriani, a connection that persists to this day. Giancarlo, the son, joined the workshop and assumed responsibility, further expanding the production of wheels. Additionally, the business ventured into new avenues, exploring the manufacturing of wheelbarrows, diverse trolleys, and accessories for the construction industry. Notably, this period also witnessed the production of the first semi-axles for the transportation of construction cranes.
Marked a turning point for the company, as it solidified its position as the world's leading producer of axles, semi-axles, and later, complete suspensions for construction, agricultural, and special transport applications. During this decade, some competitors fell behind, while the company itself evolved and became "Radrizzani Giovanni and Figli." By the end of the decade, the company began exporting to Germany, Holland, and France, expanding its reach.
In the 1980s, the company underwent significant growth and transformation. It officially adopted the name "A.D.R." and emerged as one of Europe's most prominent axle manufacturers. The acquisition of Colaert Essieux, a renowned French company with a long history, marked a strategic turning point for ADR Group. This partnership propelled the expansion of ADR, solidifying its position as a significant player at the European level.
The 1990s witnessed further growth and consolidation for the Group, establishing its leadership in the European market for axles and suspensions. Notable acquisitions included Tyremart in England, which became ADR UK, and ATW in Poland, transformed into ADR POLSKA. Additionally, ADR BRAZIL was established, capitalizing on the country's strong agricultural sector.
The 2000s began with a tragic event as Giancarlo Radrizzani, one of the partners and chairman of the Group, passed away in 2001. However, the entrance of the third generation of Radrizzani family members into group management injected new momentum into the company's expansion. This period saw the establishment of ADR CHINA, a strategic choice for the Group, and the creation of ADR AUSTRALIA and ADR USA, further expanding its global presence.
In the 2010s, the Group continued its growth trajectory with the acquisition of SAE - SMB, a historic French company. This move allowed the Group to enter the road axle market. The establishment of ADR INDIA completed the Group's presence in countries and markets that demanded both axles and suspensions, solidifying its position as the leader with the most comprehensive range of products for various applications.
The 2020s witnessed further reinforcement of the Group with the creation of SAE - SMB MIDLE-EST, enabling a stronger presence in crucial markets for road axle sales. This strategic move aimed to consolidate the Group's position and expand its market share.