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ULTRACERAMICA – People and the Object of the Future!

Sunday 11 November “Ultraceramica” was inaugurated, in the beautiful Conversano Castel (BA), the exhibition dedicated to ceramics design made in South Italy. 

After the last year edition in Naples , once again “Jidd and Jedd” are back on show, innovative furnishing accessories for the table that blend carbon fiber and ceramic, giving life to hybrid objects that combine new technology and tradition, developed in collaboration with GiùinLab on an idea by architects Michele Sallustio and Arianna Vivenzio.

Ultraceramica, an event organized by the ADI delegations of Puglia- Basilicata, Campania and Sicily, is an exhibition dedicated to the ceramics design , with the aim of renewing the traditional skills of ceramics art by rethinking it in the framework of the “project culture”, to check how a productive system connects designers, production, users, research, technological innovation, social value, cultural meaning.

At the exhibition there are about thirty prototypes of ceramic objects made by artisans of the three regions together with designers and architects. The Collection includes the prototyping of furnishing accessories, mainly intended for the table, furniture and the person, characterized by the use of ceramics in its various forms and technologies.

According to the original vision of ADI, design must be understood as a system that connects production with users, integrating research, innovation and technique, to give functionality, social value and cultural meaning to the goods distributed on the market.

The event, born from an idea by Salvatore Cozzolino and Roberto Marcatti, made its debut in Naples in December 2017, together with Arkeda, the exhibition of architecture, construction, design and furnishing held at the Mostra d’Oltremare. On that occasion “Jidd and Jedd“, have been presented: unconventional furnishing objects that blend two materials far from each other but united by the expertise and craftsmanship of two excelences of the Apulian territory.

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The “Jidd and Jedd” Project

Jidd and Jedd” are born thanks to an idea of the designers Michele Sallustio and Arianna Vivenzio.

Carbon fiber and ceramics meet and blend, giving life to hybrid objects that combine new technologies and tradition, strength and refinement.

The Prototypes, created specifically for the Ultraceramica project by GiùInLab and EPI – Carbon Fiber, will be exhibited in the extraordinary setting of the Conversano Castle until 12 January.

JIID” and “JIED” in the Apulian dialect mean “Him and Her.” They are furnishing accessories for the table, anthropomorphic objects with the function of containing, supporting and enhancing food. Four ceramic shapes processed and glazed by hand intersect with carbon elements.

Carbon fiber and ceramic embrace giving the two creations resistance and poetics!



medica trade fair 2018


EPI – CARBON FIBER MANUFACTURING – will visit  MEDICA TRADE FAIR 2018 in DUSSELDORF, the most important  fair in the world  for medical sector.

MEDICA TRADE FAIR is certainly among the largest and most important fairs in the biomedical sector. The event takes place every year at the Messe of Dusseldorf, in Germany, and offers an extraordinary choice of innovations worldwide.

The 2018 edition will start on 12.11.2018 and will end on 15.11.2018 transforming Düsseldorf into a place for the presentation of professionals from the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

With approximately 5,000 exhibitors from 70 countries as well as tens of thousands of international experts and decision-makers, the event is by far the most important meeting-point. Year after year, the world’s largest medical trade fair reliably reflects all the trends, topics and concepts that move and influence the industry decisively.

The biomedical sector  has seen, some years ago,  the advent of composite materials for the production of instruments, mobility aids and prosthetics. The peculiar properties of the carbon fiber allow, also in this sector, to obtain optimal performance and high quality standards.

Research on materials and technological innovation have always guided EPI, pushing us to diversify and explore new market areas. One of these is the medical sector, where the application of new materials , as in other sectors, improves the finished product and guarantees excellent results.  Thanks to the skills acquired during last years in carbon fiber and composite material processing and to the great flexibility of these materials we are able to offert a complete advice to our customers, starting from the analisys of the product and its related problems, studing innovative solutions in order to satisfy customer’s needs.


 EPI team will be present at MEDICA TRADE FAIR 2018 on 12 November, putting its expertise in the field of composite materials at the service of industry players, in order to develop innovative products and tools.

For more info contact us at :

EPI s.r.l. – via A. Nobel 19 – 72100 – Brindisi

+39 0831 550328







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SPOGA HORSE and ILM OFFENBACH 2018: the unmissible trade fairs of September.

September opened with two very important trade fairs to which EPI team could not miss. The main events relating to two of our reference industrial sectors were, in fact, held a few days ago in Germany.

We are talking about SPOGA HORSE, the international fair dedicated to the equestrian world, and ILM OFFENBACH, a reference event in the world of luggage.
Two sectors distant but united for us by the potential of carbon fiber. This material, with its innovative features and unique performance,perfectly suits to the application in both sectors, as demonstrated by the products designed and manufactured by EPI in recent years.

Spoga Horse is one of the largest trade fairs dedicated to the equestrian world. Twice a year, Spoga Horse brings together global supply and demand for equestrian sports in Cologne to present major innovations and define industry trends.
Epi – Carbon Fiber Manufacturing team took part in this edition to present the innovations inherent to the carbon fiber saddle trees  and sports equipment.

EPI have started prototyping of saddle trees in 2015, after many years of studies and reasechs about composite materials and carbon fiber processing methods.
Our carbon fiber saddle trees are made out  using autoclave process, which guarantees the highest mechanical performance.
The result is a tree far lighter than the wooden one, with a huge weightloss but with a definitely higher resistance to drops and stresses.

Click here to read more about our saddle trees.


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ILM Offenbach has been one of the main international trade fairs for the world of leather goods, luggage and accessories for 60 years. With a strong focus on innovation and design, the event offers a wide and representative range of high quality products, acting as a valuable platform for information, communication and business.

EPI, as well as the past years, took part in the fair, to present its know-how in the field of carbon fiber luggage, one of the most recent and striking innovations in the travel items sector.
In recent years, in fact, several leading companies are investing heavily in research and development of new materials, launching exclusive carbon products on the market, aimed at a high-end target.
Over the past few years EPI has developed deep expertise in the processing of carbon fiber and composite materials, applied to the luggage sector, in collaboration with leading companies combining the excellent properties of composite materials with design and craftsmanship made in Italy .

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composite materials


The use of COMPOSITE MATERIALS in the industrial and non-industrial fields has assumed considerable importance over the last few decades. In some sectors they are completely replacing metal, plastic and wood materials, thanks to their very high physical-mechanical properties that allow structural applications in various fields.
The latest generation composites provide for the application of natural fibers and bio matrices, to be more and more eco-compatible.



COMPOSITE MATERIALS are materials consisting of a binding matrix and a reinforcement. They are in fact obtained by the close cohesion of at least two components, whose physical and chemical characteristics are such as to make them different and mutually insoluble and therefore separate from one another. These elements are called, fiber (or reinforcement fabric) and matrix.

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The matrix is the “glue” that holds the reinforcement together and protects it from the effects of the environment, also allowing to distribute the external loads inside the material and in the reinforcement. Reinforcement is a generic term for fibers, flakes or particles dispersed within the matrix.
Composite materials enable the construction of lightweight, resistant and energy-efficient structures that can be used in a wide variety of applications. In general they are used when it is required the containment of the masses of a structure or, while maintaining a high structural integrity, as well as the possibility of realizing very integrated and small dimensions. The lightness of the composites and the possibility of creating complex aerodynamic shapes allows a saving in weight and size, not obtainable with other existing technologies.

This is why the use of composite materials continues to grow in many applications.
The aeronautical and aerospace sectors represent reference sectors and are at the forefront of the use of composite materials. In the automotive industry they are mainly used to increase energy efficiency.
In some fields composites have already almost entirely replaced traditional materials, such as sports equipment for racing and wind turbines. The nautical industry also uses ever more quantities of composite materials.
More and more frequent are the less “conventional” applications, related to common sectors such as design, luggage and even accessories and item for the table!


The use of composite materials requires different technical and economic evaluations, in fact unlike metals or other traditional materials, they require the use of processes and methodologies, which even if applied on an industrial and production scale, have relevant time and cost of realization.
There are different methods for the production of composite materials.

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One of the main ones, as well as that used in the aeronautical field, is the autoclave process, since it guarantees the best mechanical characteristics on the finished product.
This processing is usually used to treat carbon fibers or kevlar. First, the layers of fibers of the desired length are cut; subsequently these are stacked and glued. These blocks are then inserted into an autoclave, where they are subjected to temperature and pressure programs, at the end of which the hardened laminate is obtained. In this process it is very common to use prepreg (resin impregnated fibers), which guarantee structural homogeneity to the composite.

There are many types of composite materials. The first distinction divides the fibers and the matrices into two macro areas, according to whether these are natural or synthetic.
The most famous types of synthetic fibers are certainly the CARBON FIBER, the ARAMID FIBER (KEVLAR) and the GLASS FIBER .

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Since the first products in carbon and thermosetting resin appeared for the first time on the civil market, science has made progress in the world of composites; today, other types of materials are available with alternative technical and functional characteristics compared to traditional composites.
Particularly interesting is the impregnation of natural fibers with thermoplastic resins of bio derivation that allows to obtain natural products ecofriendly very requested by the current market
The natural composites, that is constituted by at least one element of natural derivation, are currently of particular importance. Today, in fact, alternative sources are available; this is the case, for example, of so-called “green” reinforcements, such as hemp, linen or bamboo fibers.

The use of composite materials allows to create products with characteristics previously impossible or simply give new life to a mature product.
The benefits deriving from their application are numerous, including:


In addition to structural efficiency, composite materials can also be more intelligent, more functional and versatile than traditional ones. The combination of new features in composites is considerably easier than metals and the only obstacle is the boundaries of imagination.
Composite materials will make tomorrow’s world an increasingly functional place to live!



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After Jumping and Trekking models, EPI presents the new carbon fiber dressage saddle tree! An innovative product that combines lightness, strength and extreme construction precision.

Dressage  is a highly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition, as well as an “art” sometimes pursued solely for the sake of mastery,. Dressage is the highest expression of horse training where horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.

As in other horse riding disciplines, even  in dressage it is essential for horse and rider to have a good saddle.
It represents the point of contact between the two bodies, therefore it is essential that it is able to guarantee an optimal union and to ensure maximum comfort for both.

After months of technical research, EPI has come to the development of its carbon fiber dressage saddle tree, an innovative product that meets the specific needs of enthusiasts and guarantees the saddler an internal core with high mechanical performance.

The carbon fiber dressage saddle tree, in addition to guaranteeing lightness and strength, as well as its predecessors for jumping and trekking, boasts a high constructive precision and versatility of form, which allow besides to personalize the product according to the specific needs.

Flexibility and shape retention are added to the list of excellent features that only a revolutionary material such as carbon fiber can provide, allowing optimal performance, comfort and maximum overall benefit for horse and rider.

The ductility of the carbon fiber allows to customize the size, the opening of the arch and the thickness, thus obtaining a tree that perfectly follows the morphology of the horse and gives the rider a natural and comfortable posture to follow and impose in perfect harmony the movement of the horse in any situation, without any constraint.

The range of EPI riding articles is expanded further, thus welcoming the new carbon fiber dressage saddle tree, which joins the jumping and trekking models, as well as complementary accessories.

Thanks to the careful research and experimentation carried out in recent years, EPI team has developed a strong know-how in the processing of composite materials and their application to sports equipment with a high technical content, a sector in which lightness, strength and precision are essential features for increase the athlete’s performance

EPI have started prototyping of saddle trees in 2015, after many years of studies and reasechs about composite materials and carbon fiber processing methods.

EPI trees are made out completely of carbon fiber, using autoclave process, which guarantees the highest mechanical performance.

The result is a product far lighter than the wooden one, with an important weightloss , and at the same time with a definitely higher resistance to drops and stresses.

The design and manufacturing of the saddle trees is carried out in a totally customized way to meet the needs and demands of our customers, using a production process studied in order to simplify the work of the saddle maker, which will not have to change is method.


For more information about EPI saddle trees call  +39 0831- 550328 or write us










For the cycle of meetings “Le imprese guidate dalle idee“, the conference “NEW MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION PROCESSES FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN“, promoted by ADI and Politecnico di Bari, was held last May 17th by some members of the EPI team, production and marketing specialists.

The lecture ( NEW MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION PROCESSES FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ) which is part of a series of meetings promoted by ADI Puglia and Basilicata in the territory of competence, was held at the Politecnico of Bari, DICAR department, coordinated by Professor Rosanna Carullo and saw a large participation by students in the courses of design, architecture and engineering.
In addition to Professor Carullo, coordinator of the degree course in Industrial Design at the Politecnico of Bari, who introduced the meeting, spoke Antonio Labalestra, professor of history of design at the same university, who described the historical context of innovation, Giacomo Ventolone, EPI Marketing Specialist, describing the theme of Design and marketing as an economic lever in companies, and Tonino Rossetti, EPI Production Area, who was entrusted with the specific theme of the meeting: NEW MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION PROCESSES FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN.
The event led by Roberto Marcatti, president of ADI Puglia and Basilicata, starts from the awareness that design innovation is based on the availability of new materials and new production processes, and it is necessary that marketing be integrated in this process to understand the direction in which to direct communication and distribution of new products.

In the furniture-design sector, the use of composite materials aims to lighten the finished product, at the same time improving its mechanical and aesthetic characteristics, as well as giving it a distinctive design. A lightness that translates into greater ease of use and handling both in the warehouse and at home.

EPI, a company specialized in the processing of carbon fiber, designs and manufactures composite components for various industrial sectors. EPI has recently collaborated with several companies in the furniture industry, for the design and construction of components and structural parts, made of carbon fiber. Aerospace-derived technology blends with craftsmanship and design giving life to unique objects, which bring a still little-known material, such as carbon fiber, into everyday life!

The audience of students, and not only, showed a strong interest and participation.
The meeting “NEW MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION PROCESSES FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN” has highlighted numerous possibilities for collaboration which, precisely on the study of materials and processing processes, finds a convergence between the fields of the engineering sciences and design, sectors that already collaborate within the course of studies in industrial design.

This is also highlighted by Professor Carullo in her commentary on the event: “The meeting organized by the ADI with the collaboration of the course in Industrial Design at the Politecnico of Bari was an opportunity for a comparison between universities and production excellences of our Region. There are numerous topics of in-depth analysis, first of all the use of innovative materials on one side experimented on traditional product types, on the other hand to be continually tested in their multiple application possibilities, in search of their own aesthetical language.From this point of view, the importance of dialogue between the disciplines of design and of design history and engineering disciplines has emerged, a dialogue that the course of study constantly fosters also at an educational level and which can be found in the relationship with the companies of the territory its best field of experimentation, in a virtuous circle between research, teaching and innovative companies that the Adi in recent years constantly promotes “.

The valuable work of the ADI emerges from these words, whose purpose is putting in synergy more actors and more skills through this type of event and “mapping the territory covered by each delegation looking for companies and professionals with to speak the same language: project, research, innovation, technology, sustainability, alternative production systems, etc. “, as Roberto Marcatti claims.
The president then goes on to say “It is a personal satisfaction and of all the members of the Delegation’s Board to see that everything can and must be done so that different worlds can talk and start working together on new projects and new strategies; the dialogue between the different skills and disciplines of design, including that of social design is top-flight.  I am sure that other companies and academic institutions will also be able to collaborate with us, that have matured ,as an Association, in 60 years since our establishment ,an experience and a role of great importance representing the entire Made in Italy chain “.

technology hub 2018



These days in Milan Technology Hub 2018 is held, the professional event that proposes new technologies for the business in an environment of integration and contamination of skills, to extend the fields of application of products and services. .
An event dedicated to all the new technological trends and related business methods, to meet the growing information needs of companies and to contribute to the innovation of the production system.

Technology Hub 2018 is  360 ° fair that guarantees business relations with professionals from different sectors . A moment of networking and interaction with the digital transformation workers of all the production sectors.
At the MiCo fieramilanocity, visitors can take part in a rich program of conferences, technical speeches and workshops dedicated to emerging technologies.
The exhibition area in fact will be combined with numerous demonstration areas and technical presentations to engage exhibitors and visitors dynamically.

The range of topics covered by conferences and workshops is really wide and covers all the themes of innovation, from drones to Bitcoin, through robots in the medical field, from virtual reality to innovative materials.

Just this last topic sees protagonist Epi-Carbon Fiber Manufacturing, which thanks to the historical collaboration with CETMA of Brindisi, takes part at Technology Hub 2018 to hold a conference dedicated to research and innovation of materials.
From mechanics to composites: Ilatro project” is the title of the presentation that traces the history of the company, telling the diversification process that has been underway for some years and which sees the transition from mechanical activity, specialized in carpentry and industrial plant engineering , to the processing of composite materials, reaching the creation of its own brand for the production and selling of luggage items.

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The history of EPI began in 1997, the year of its foundation, as a firm specialized in consulting and construction of industrial plants and in the field of heavy metal structural work, strong of decades of previous experience of the founder in this sector.

The skills acquired over the years and the proximity both to research centers on COMPOSITE MATERIALS and to the aeronautical district have pushed the company to invest in research and development on these innovative materials, primarily the CARBON FIBER.

Today the EPI is divided into two business branches:

  • Technical services and industrial carpentry
  • Composite materials manufactory

A few years ago the EPI started its journey with COMPOSITE MATERIALS, studying its possible applications and production processes, in collaboration with CETMA, both in terms of production processes and product engineering.

The next step was the creation of a new company division dedicated to the manufacture of carbon fiber components, set up with self-construction autoclaves.
Thanks to the skills developed by EPI and the studies of the production processes used in the aeronautical field, the ILATRO project was born in 2015.
Also in the luggage sector in recent years the search for new materials is one of the main themes in terms of innovation; the carbon fiber, thanks to its versatility, high performance in terms of resistance-weight and aesthetic value, is a revolutionary and totally innovative element.

Based on this, ILATRO offers hand-made luggage items with the most advanced technologies in the field of composite materials, combining the incredible properties of CARBON FIBER with MADE IN ITALY design and style.
ILATRO suitcases, with a very low weight, allow to travel with ease and lightness, but at the same time guaranteeing strength and quality.

The ILATRO collection, made up of 3 models, is addressed to a demanding and innovative traveler, who seeks maximum functionality in his luggage, without sacrificing quality and design.

In addition to  ILATRO brand, EPI carries on the parallel activity of composite materials, addressing different market sectors as partners in the development of innovative components and objects characterized by the integration of composite materials to improve the performance of the finished product.

The main sectors of reference are in addition to the suitcases, for professional and personal use, equitation – and in general sports that require equipment with high technological content- and the furniture-design sector, where the composite materials gives a constructive and aesthetic contribute .

The constant research and experimentation that guides the company and the great versatility of carbon fiber allow the team to study and experiment with solutions for ever more diverse applications and industrial areas, totally customized according to customer needs.











Carbon Leaf, the revolutionary carbon fiber armchair, manufactured by EPI  for DELTA SALOTTI, was presented in recent days at  Salone del Mobile di Milano 2018. Aerospace technology and avant-garde design meet for give birth to a unique object that seems to float in the air!

Carbon fiber and furniture, two worlds apparently so far apart, intertwine in the name of innovation and technology. Two Apulian company, united by the desire to renew themselves and by the curiosity towards the materials of the future.

On the one hand, EPI, a company based in Brindisi, specialized in the design and production of carbon fiber components and composite materials for various sectors; on the other hand DELTA SALOTTI, located in the heart of the Murgia district of the upholstered furniture, Santeramo in Colle, which produces quality seats and sofas, able to challenge time and fashions.

Common keyword: MADE IN ITALY!

From the meeting between two highly innovative companies, attentive to design and quality made in Italy, Carbon Leaf is born, a seat that breaks the classic patterns furniture sector and brings a material still unknown, such as carbon fiber, in daily life!

Carbon Leaf carbon fiber armchair, made by EPI for DELTA SALOTTI, has been designed to obtain high lightness, solidity and aesthetic balance thanks to the use of a 5 mm thick carbon fiber sheet, highly resistant to the various stresses .

The result is a unique object that seems to float in the air and which supports the wide cushions made with ecological waterlily padding.

In addition to its aesthetic features and distinctive design, the aim of this project is to lighten the product while improving its mechanical and aesthetic characteristics.

A lightness that translates into greater ease of use and handling both in the warehouse and at home.

The technology used for this project comes from research in the aerospace field that EPI has been conducting for years in collaboration with specialized research centers, studying the application of composite materials to commonly used objects but with high performance.

CARBON FIBER is distringuished both by its excellent mechanical properties, such as the strength-to-weight ratio and its aesthetics. Applied to furniture-design, this material with exceptional performance, allows you to renew existing products or create new ones, with unique features!

The manufacturing process of Carbon Leaf carbon fiber chair, starts from a careful stylistic and engineering research developed by the two companies, to better combine the aesthetic requirements with the technical feasibility of the project.

The processing of the carbon fiber structure takes place through a manual lamination process, combined with the use of industrial autoclaves; this aeronautical technology ensures the highest quality standards and a great mechanical resistance.

The carbon fiber armchair is completed by the highest quality lining and the great craftsmanship experience, which has always been the pillars of DELTA SALOTTI.

State-of-the-art technology and craftsmanship come together and act as a link between the two companies, which find a fundamental common ground in the quality of materials and made in Italy manufacturing, giving an excellent example of cooperation between two companies highly specialized in their field , but with the will to open up to new production challenges!



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