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De' Longhi Appliances

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Via Lodovico Seitz, 47, Treviso, Italy


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Research projects
De’Longhi Group has its roots in the early 1900s when the De’Longhi family founded a workshop for the production of industrial components; over the years it became a manufacturer of finished goods for third parties; in 1974 the first De’Longhi brand appliance was launched.

Today, the Group offers a range of small domestic appliances for the preparation of coffee, food preparation and cooking, comfort, as well as home care, and operates mainly through the three brands, De’Longhi, Kenwood and Braun.

People involved

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Alessandro Benedetti

Senior Innovation Food Engineer, De’Longhi

Enrica Monticelli

Gianpaolo Trevisan

The Organization Profile

De’Longhi Group has its roots in the early 1900s when the De’Longhi family founded a workshop for the production of industrial components; over the years it became a manufacturer of finished goods for third parties.

In 1974 the first De’Longhi brand appliance was launched, marking the beginning of the Group’s history. Known initially as a manufacturer of portable electric heaters and air conditioners, over the years the Company increased the range of products produced. Today, the Group offers a range of small domestic appliances for the preparation of coffee, food preparation and cooking, comfort (air conditioning and heating), as well as home care, and operates mainly through the three brands, De’Longhi, Kenwood and Braun. The Group, whose headquarters are located in Treviso (Italy), is present in over 120 markets worldwide, also through 3 technical centers and approximately, five manufacturing plants and 50 subsidiaries. De’Longhi has over 9,000 employees and reported revenues of €2.3 billion in 2020.

Research Projects

The quality of the research groups involved in the ONFOODS consortium is due to their ability to organise and manage project tasks and competencies.

Regarding the Regional project, De’Longhi Appliances s.r.l. was involved in a project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) Program 2014-2020 and the Regional Operative Program (POR), which involved the University of Padua and with a focus on powder infusion. In particular, the competencies of applied research by the University of Padua - Department of Chemistry has supported the optimization of the infusion process, with the applications of vibro-chemistry (OIVC) methodologies. The project has supported the development of a new sustainable process for food processing. In the previous project funded by POR, we studied the limescale deposit inside the fluid circuit in order to do a feasibility study of technologies for removing it: the result's fit to increase the sustainability of processing for a water better extraction.

The Multidisciplinary Research Approach

De’Longhi Group has developed a multidisciplinary approach to research, involving experts from different fields, this allows it to develop complex projects which include areas like agriculture, food processing and engineering.

The key expertise include: food and material scientists, mechanical and electronics engineers, physicists and product designers. In addition to the above-mentioned competencies, De’Longhi has the capability to deeply analyze and influence the user habits associated with food systems. This is based on a structured approach to the assessment of behaviors, usability and ultimately anthropological aspects that constitute the basis of research activities as well as communication to end consumers. Again, the communication competence is important to outline a strategy to integrate the message from the consumers. Also, these competencies are essential also to mitigate problems evolving during the researching, studying and prototyping activities. De’Longhi Group has a strong attitude to problem-solving, over all the full perimeter from the idea to the product development, until the industrialization and legal aspect. This is one of the reasons why De’Longhi is selected as a partner for engineering, studying, and developing appliances, especially in food processing.

Research Collaborations

The innovation and the competitive position on the market are guaranteed also to the capability to activate collaborations with National and European public and private institutions.

In 2020, partnerships were established and promoted with the best Italian and foreign research centers and universities, with which the Group develops numerous projects and organizes workshops involving students and professors of different nationalities. We’ve been collaborating with various prestigious universities and research centers like the Polytechnic University of Milano, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Polytechnic University of Turin, University of Bologna and University of Trento. De’Longhi Appliances s.r.l, has always supported and invested on research activities over many fields, especially on food science processing. Just to mention, we signed research activities with the University of Bologna on CIRI (Interdepartmental Centre for Industrial Agrofood Research - CIRI Agrofood) and University of Udine (Food and Science department) for studying and developing innovative solutions for cooking appliance and machines for frozen foods. Also, De’Longhi Group collaborated with H-FARM, Roncade (Treviso) in different fields as digital communication strategy, brainstorming activities and workshops on consumer behavior.