1966: the beginning
Lamberto Marcantonini teams up with SIMCAS (now Manini Prefabbricati), a company which needs a batching plant to product prestressed beams with a ROTH (a German company) paver.
Marcantonini proposes the development of this batching plant:
- 4 aggregates (radially) with volumetric dosing;
- 1 planetary mixer with skip (0.5cbm);
- 1 cement (silo, cochlea, 300 kg scale);
- 1 water dosage with meter.
It was the birth of the first batching plant for semi-dry concrete with semi-automatic management.
Two more plants are developed in 1966:
- The plant for Ditta Cancellotti Delfo di Pontevalleceppi, Perugia, is exactly identical to the first.
- The plant for Ditta Barili Silvio at Rivotorto di Assisi is provided for a self-propelled block machine and has 3 aggregates and 1 planetary mixer with skip (0.5cbm) for self-propelled block machine.
1967: The company A.E.I. was founded
Two years later the A.E.I. (Automazioni Elettriche Industriali) company by Marcantonini Lamberto rents a tiny office in Passaggio di Bettona, Perugia.
In 1969 A.E.I. has 4 employees; 3 batching plants are produced and five more were expanded.
1970: the first flying bucket
We develop the first flying bucket for the concrete transport for Ditta Cancellotti Delfo.
1972-73: the first Business Fairs
In 1972 we are at the first Verona International Fair; in 1973 we go abroad for the first time! Munich Fair, in March: the cold was terrible and the snow abundant!
1974: the innovation begins
We are the first in Italy to develop concrete batching plants with aggregates dosage by volume.
1976: first sales abroad
The very first plant developed abroad is in Kenitra, Morocco.
The second plant has been sold in Thailand, for the River Kwai (yes: that River Kwai!) dam. The River Kwai plant has been the first with load cells for batch weighing.
The third plant has been sold in Switzerland.
In 1976 we switch from electromechanical to electronic automation.
In 1978/79 sales abroad become steady: Iran, Iraq, Morocco, France...
First batching plants with computerized control with the Z80 CPU by ZILOG.
Meanwhile we develop more plants in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
We develop the first flying bucket for plastic concrete; we develop the first rigid arm for prefabricated casting.
We develop our first Tower Plant in Colmar, France.
In 1988 we sell for the first time in USA: two plants.
In 1989 we develop a big batching and transport plant for Manini in Bastia Umbra, with 8 flying buckets, 5 rigid arms and a zoppo????? casting bucket.
We develop a big batching plant in USA: 3 mixers, 3 tipper wagons and a casting bucket to feed the formworks of prefabricated walls.
1995-2000: more complex systems
In 1995 we develop the first tower plant with 3 mixers, 2 flying buckets, 4 casting buckets; it is also the very first plant with bucket elevator for aggregates.
Between 1996 and 2000 we develop many batching plants in Italy, France, Spain.
2001: the most complex plant we have ever developed
16 aggregate hoppers, 4 mixers, color distributors, fibers distributors, 6 flying buckets, 1,000mt of rails with switches, 6 rigid arm casting buckets, 2 casting buckets.
We develop 2- and 4- wheel drive buckets with electric engine and toothed belt drive.
2005: the most challenging plant
In 2005 we had to develop a tower plant with buckets in Iceland.
It has been absolutely challenging the development of the plant which would have been subjected to extreme weather conditions: wind 220km/h and extremely low temperatures, moreover in a highly seismic zone.
2007: MCT Group
MCT Group company was founded in the USA.
2009: USA market
We develop 4cbm buckets for the USA.