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History

  • 1968

    Foundation in Milan of CONTROLS S.a.S and launch of the first series of Compression Machine for Concrete.

  • 1973

    Transfer of the company to Cernusco sul Naviglio. Completion of the product range. Important increase of export.

  • 1979

    Design and production of the first robot machine "C45 Automatic Testing Unit for the measurement, weighing and compression of Concrete specimens".

  • 1982

    Open the new Modern Factory in Cernusco sul Naviglio.

  • 1983

    Establishment of CONTROLS UK, to follow the English and Commonwealth markets.

  • 1986

    Design and production of the first T 700, DYNAMIC TRIAXIAL APPARATUS for geotechnical tests.

  • 1988

    Design and production of the new Data Acquisition and processing system for geotechnical tests. Installed at the University of Pavia the 12000 kN cap. testing machine for in-plane behavior of structures. (Rilem publication)

  • 1989

    Foundation of Equipe de Ensayo CONTROLS, Sesena (Toledo), Spain.

  • 1993

    Foundation of CONTROLS S.à r.l , Walheim, France to follow the French and African French speaking countries.

  • 1994

    CONTROLS S.R.L. is certified to ISO 9001.

  • 1995

    Foundation of Equipo de Ensaye S.A. de C.V., Mexico.

  • 1997

    Integration of the Road Testing Systems with GYRATORY COMPACTORS and DYNAMIC range.

  • 1998

    Launch SERCOMP and MCC, a new range of Compression and Flexural Tester to perform automatically the Elastic Modulus of Concrete.

  • 2002

    Launch of AUTOMAX System, Automatic Control Console and compression machine for concrete specimens.

  • 2004

    CONTROLS incorporate Wykeham Farrance, the well-known English company, founded in 1941, specialist in Geotechnical Testing Systems.

  • 2004

    Foundation of CONTROLS Polska Sp. Z o.o. Design and production of ADVANTEST, Servo-hydraulic testing System to perform automatically tests under control of Load/Stress, Displacement and Strain rate.

  • 2006

    Design and production of AUTOTRIAX, the first Automatic Triaxial Testing System for Geotechnical tests ; launch the new models of DynaComp and DynaTrack, Dynamic Testing System for Road.

  • 2008

    Design and production of DYNATRIAX, Dynamic Triaxial System for Geotechnical tests.

  • 2009

    Design and production of PILOT 4 System, Automatic compression tester for concrete and cement specimens.

  • 2011

    Design and production of the DYNAPAVE, Servo-pneumatic and Servo-hydraulic Dynamic Testing Systems for Road testing.

  • 2012

    Launch of the COMPACT and SMART Line, the new range of compression machines.

  • 2012

    Birth of PAVELAB®SYSTEMS, the new asphalt division of CONTROLS

  • 2013

    Foundation of T.E. CONTROLS in Erbil, IRAQ.

  • 2014

    Acquisition of IPC Global® LTD, Australia’s global leader in dynamic pavement testing.

  • 2015

    Foundation of CONTROLS GROUP USA Inc, United States.

  • 2015

    CONTROLS moved to a new premises of over 8000 m2 in Liscate, Milan.

First Wykeham Farrance head quarters (UK, 1941) One of the first compression tester at the end of the '60ties 1982: CONTROLS head quarters in Cernusco S/N (Milan), Italy 2015: CONTROLS head quarters in Liscate (Milan), Italy

CONTROLS was established in 1968 in a period of market opportunities presented by the construction of the Italian Motorway system, the boom in the use of ready-mix concrete and later by the overseas projects undertaken by italian contractors, served and assisted by us in their needs of testing according to American, English and French standards. Within a short time an extensive distribution network was established and in the mid 70’s the export market already accounted for more than 50% of our turnover with the Middle East playing a major role although we had to compete with English and American producers.

The 1980 crisis in the Persian Gulf dramatically affected our sales to that area. Our attention was focused on the European market which, whilst more difficult to approach, was assuring more stability. At the aim to better assist these demanding markets, we established companies in the U.K., France, Spain, Mexico and more recently in Poland.
This new market demanded a company working to high quality standards and in the early 1990’s we became ISO 9000 registered and an accredited SIT (now ACCREDIA) center for the force calibration of testing equipment.

From the mid 90’s we completely reorganized the company in line with an ambitious new development project to become a world leader in this field. The reorganization of our activities was based on extending our range of products with the introduction of new technologies in answer to the ever increasing demands of quality and performance.

In 2004 we completed the incorporation of Wykeham Farrance, the well-known English company founded in 1941 and one of the longest established manufacturing companies in the field of Geotechnical Testing System. Since then the renovated WF brand has contributed to a new considerable development of the Automatic Static and Dynamic Triaxial testing system.

More recently CONTROLS Group improved the knowledge in advanced testing equipment for asphalt and bitumen creating in 2012 a dedicated division with the new brand: PAVELAB®SYSTEMS, the excellence in pavement testing.

In 2014 the acquisition of IPC Global®, recognized worldwide as the Australia’s global leader in design, development and distribution of advanced pavement testing technologies since 1981. IPC Global® represent the researcher’s choice for advanced asphalt testing equipment and its machines are used by highways departments, national laboratories, universities, oil companies, civil engineer contractors and consulting engineers worldwide.

This initiative perfectly complements the PAVELAB®SYSTEMS range and confirms the status of CONTROLS Group as the ideal partner for the world of research and science.

Our growth is still going on and today CONTROLS Group has become the world leader in the field of testing equipment for the construction industry and civil engineering, both in the traditional market (Contractors, Producers and Test Laboratories) and in advanced market (Universities, Educational and Research).
Thousands of testing systems for Soil Mechanics, Road and Concrete are successfully installed and operated all over the world.

In 2015 another event signs a relevant step in the Group history: CONTROLS moved to a new premise of over 8000 m2 to make the entire processes more efficient and enhance the quality standards, to offer new spaces for products training and to further strengthen the R&D section.