The interview: Mr Luigi Nalon, CEO of Omas Industries
Luigi Nalon was born in 1973 in Padua, Italy. After studying mechanical engineering in school, he attended a business course at Cà Foscari University in Venice. Mr Nalon declares himself very much in love with his business, as well as his wife and three children- soon to be four!
In 2003, Luigi's family founded a group, which consisted of four smaller companies: Omas, Apros, Omix and Doppio Erre. Mr Nalon has been CEO of Omas Industries since 1998 and has seen the business grow from a small company to a hugely successful industry leader that is only continuing to expand.
How did you come to be involved in this industry?
I became an entrepreneur thanks to my father, who introduced me first of all in the engineering industry, and then into the milling industry. We were a very small company, subcontractors of large milling companies of the past located near Padua; from there the idea of making and building products for us and for others!
How exactly does your technology make processes easier to carry out, for the average farmer or factory worker?
Very simple: we invented the iPhone of the milling industry; that is, we have designed products which have been transformed from electrical to electronic. Therefore, our artificial intelligence helps operators, especially the less experienced ones.
What would you say are the most significant benefits your products give to companies and their workers?
In short, by going back to what I have just said, Omas products, particularly our Leonardo range, make operations and any related aspects much easier for users, such as maintenance, set up, installation, security and control, even remotely.
What makes your systems unique and truly special, when compared to products manufactured by your competitors?
Our system is really unique; an international patent allows us to be the only ones in the world who do what we do. We have applied the Kinetic Energy Recovery System concept (KERS) to the milling industry!
The agriculture industry is advancing at such a rapid rate and only continuing to evolve and adapt. In what respects do you think technology such as yours has most benefitted the industry?
Agriculture is not exactly a science, nor are its crops, harvests and various other factors that people in the industry deal with on a regular basis.It is, therefore, necessary to adapt machines and processes by using specific solutions to get the maximum output in quantitative and qualitative terms: the previous technology cannot do it, but Omas technology can!
How is technology important to the future of the industry and how do you think we will continue to see its development?
Technology is the borderline between mediocrity and genius: we want the excellence of our products, for those who want to make a difference!
How do Omas Industries ensure their solutions for the milling industry are both sustainable and environmentally friendly?
Our technology has undergone, in just a few years of application, many releases and upgrades, making today's Omas systems both stable and very reliable!
We now have many milling plants and single machines which work 24-hours-a-day seven days a week. Furthermore, after having eliminated the kinematics, there is no need for belts, transmissions, unnecessary maintenance, excessive energy consumption and inefficiencies…in short, we have created a sustainable system that reduces costs and wastes.
Are your company working on any big project at the moment, that you think consumers would love to hear about?
Of course, we are a company full of ideas…and we have many of them to be developed.Our only problem is the lack of time we have to develop all of these ideas… Surely the target of customers we want to serve helps us in this mission, since their needs will become our products!I love my company, and when you associate job to passion, then there are no limits!