Gottifredi Maffioli Background

The company was founded more than 80 years ago, in 1926 by a young woman, Maria Gottifredi: a company created by a woman was just the first of many more pioneeristic events which characterise all Gottifredi Maffioli’s history. After a few years, Ettore Luigi Maffioli joined his wife Maria Gottifredi in the management of the company: from that moment on the company became Gottifredi Maffioli. The firm, born as a supplier of components (small ropes and tapes in natural fibres) for the textile industry, is now a reference point also for the sailing market.

The curiosity of developing new solutions gave Gottifredi Maffioli the chance to start working, immediately after the Second World War with Nylon, a very innovative material for that period. Thanks to the strong cooperation with Rhodiatoce, leader during those years for the production of Polyamide, Gottifredi Maffioli had the chance to approach new markets, for example in that period the company produced, first in the world, a fishing net made with Nylon. 

This revolutionary synthetic fibre played a very important role in Gottifredi Maffioli's history: in 1954 the company developed the first climbing rope made of Nylon. These innovative lines were used by the Italian expedition that conquered the K2. Since then, the massive outline of the K2 appears in the Gottifredi Maffioli logo to celebrate the success of that memorable expedition. 

The never-ending curiosity and the skill of turning new material into innovative products are the key factors of Gottifredi Maffioli’s world. Another step into the innovation came at the beginning of the 1980'. Thanks to the first pioneeristic tests with Kevlar, the innovative fibre of DuPont, Gottifredi Maffioli was selected as supplier for the running rigging for Azzurra, the first Italian team challenging for the America's Cup. This was the first step into the sailing world, now the reference market of the Italian company, and the beginning of a still continuing adventure. Nowadays Gottifredi Maffioli, a market leader in sailing competition, has become a reference point for high technology ropes. Moro di Venezia, Luna Rossa, Alinghi, BMW Oracle to name only a few are among the successes of the Italian company in the sailing world. 

The passion for research and the strong focus towards innovation joined with the close partnership with both customers and suppliers make Gottifredi Maffioli the ideal partner to develop new and innovative products. Kevlar, Dyneema, PBO are among the innovative fibres that Gottifredi Maffioli has introduced into the racing sailing market. 

The headquarters in Novara has become the ideal place to turn research in fibres into innovative application. Here the suppliers of revolutionary materials as DuPont, DSM, Toyobo and many more meet the most important racing sailing teams. It is here that originate the sport successes.Gottifredi Maffioli has become a laboratory of applied research who gives the chance to turn innovation in materials into performance, a real meeting point for innovators.

In 1954, an Italian expedition came to Pakistan to try its luck on K2. It consisted of twelve climbers and four scientists and was led by veteran mountaineer, Professor Ardito Desio, who had come to these mountain with Italian expedition also before the World War II. 

After some terrible moment, at the end two men reach the top of the mountain: July 31st 1954 at 6 pm they conquer the second highest mountain of the Earth, but certainly the most challenging and feared: the K2. It is an important moment in the history of alpine climbing and a crucial step in the history of Gottifredi Maffioli. 

In fact, when Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni approached the 8.611 meter high peak, they were not only sharing the same dream, but they were also sharing a Gottifredi Maffioli rope. A special rope indeed, as for the first time it was made of Nylon, a revolutionary material for that time, which allowed to produce much stronger and lighter ropes than ever before, which could endure even the harshest working conditions, delivering absolute safety. 

After the conquest of the summit, many meters of ropes were left on the way and when a Japanese expedition attempted the climb again in 1977, they found and used the fixed ropes left there 22 years before: those red striped nylon braids were still in perfect conditions. 

Since then, the massive shape of the K2 appears in the Gottifredi Maffioli logo to celebrate the success of that memorable expedition.

At Gottifredi Maffioli we love challenges. We love to constantly strain our capabilities, our competences, our perseverance. We love to look forward, often beyond the usual and the possible, to fill the taste of victory and to share it with our companions in adventure, our customers. 

Every day we do our best to provide each project we work on with the most innovative technology available and to take care of the most minute detail with the aim to fulfill the most sophisticate requirement.

The never-ending curiosity and the skill of turning new materials into innovative products are the key factors of Gottifredi Maffioli's world. 

The passion for research and the strong focus towards innovation joined with cooperative partnership with both customers and suppliers make Gottifredi Maffioli the ideal partner to develop new and innovative products. The headquarters in Novara has become the ideal place to turn research in fibres into innovative applications. 

Gottifredi Maffioli has evolved into a laboratory of applied research which gives the chance to turn innovation in materials into performance, the ultimate meeting point for innovators.

Gottifredi Maffioli manufacture rope for every conceievable application.  Some of the industries (but not limited to) supplied are listed below.

Marine & Sports Industry

- Yachting Rope

- Rigging

- Sail Making

- Mast Safe Ware

- Kite and Wind Surfing

- 4x4

- Fishing


- Technical Sewing Threads

- Electromechanics

- Automotive

- Building 

- Renewable Energy

- Electrical Cables

- Filtration

- Convert Belts

- Glass Industry

- Industrial Window Cleaning

- Food Processing

- Military Applications

Gottifredi Maffoili in Thailand

If unsure which rope you need for you specific application or you cannot find it in the catalogues above please don't hesitate to contact us and we can help in finding the correct rope needed for you.   Please try and specify if possible the following criteria in your email/call. 

- Name and contact details

- Delivery address

- Industry rope will be used in

- Strength and Max thickness required

- Length needed. (please note most ropes come in 200m spools)

- Perfered rope material (if the specific application requires it)

- Any other info you think is relevant 

Our sales team with reply to you promptly with your wholesale price plus estimated shipping and duty costs.

Links to Gottifredi Maffioli Catalogues are below.

Please Note, download may take up to 30 minutes due the size of the file and your internet connection speed. We suggest saving the catalogs to your computer for future reference.

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