ceramic factory / Laveno Mombello / 1925 - 1994 / 2009, 2010
One of the oldest and most renowned Italian ceramic manufacturer, i.e. SCI-Società Ceramica Italiana, was founded in 1883 in Laveno by a group of entrepreneurs. The first production site was a refurbished glass factory on the lakeshore. After a period of positive and continuous growth, in 1920s SCI invested in the construction of new factories still in Laveno town. One of these, built in 1925 and named as the nearby lake "Verbano", was created in partnership with the German Porzellanfabrik Rosenthal to manufacture insulators. In 1935 the plant was equipped with electric tunnel furnaces and began to use national kaolins.
In late 1940s SCI took advantage of ERP funds to renovate its four Laveno production sites: "Lago" was devoted to bathroom suite, "Ponte" to flatware, "Boesio" to art ceramics and "Verbano" to industrial porcelains. In late 1950s SCI weaknesses arose: domestic flatware was suffering from the diffusion of plastic, while the company marketing structure was obsolete and unable to compete outside the country. In 1965 SCI was taken over by its historic concurrent Richard-Ginori, and Società Ceramica Italiana Richard-Ginori was then created. The "Verbano" factory was assigned to Ceramiche Industriali division and maintained its original activities until 1980, when it was temporarily closed. Two years later the site was bought by a local cooperative and reactivated with the help of Laveno municipality. The factory ceased production in 1994.