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The Company


Who: Global Engineers

In the 19th century, we invented Gabions and dramatically changed civil engineering’s landscape. We are still changing it today. We work everyday, with 140 years of our history, to find better solutions for our clients at every degree of latitude and longitude. We make innovation happen around the world, we share our knowledge capital to multiply the return on investment of clients and partners, and we offer ongoing support to establish relations built on solid trust. This is us: Maccaferri.

We are a global company, with more than 70 subsidiaries operating in 5 continents, with an on-site presence in more than 100 countries, and over 3000 employees: we are highly-specialized professionals trained in designing and developing complex solutions in the civil engineering, geotechnical and environmental construction markets. Our worldwide network grows through innovation and diversification of its sectors of activity and through an increasing range of high quality and environmentally-friendly products and applications.

We do not simply sell products: we strive to be the leading technical reference for designing and developing advanced projects. We are strongly committed to solving our clients’ problems by providing better solutions through attentive listening, innovation and collaboration.

To meet the challenges of the future, we have a very strong asset to rely on: 140 years of documented history, starting from Raffaele Maccaferri’s stroke of genius who in 1879 invented the modern Gabion, all the way to the current worldwide network operating in multiple markets. Today we are the undisputed leader in the manufacturing and supply of gabions and associated wire mesh products to the global construction industry.

Inspired by the ambition to solve even more complex problems, our expansion goes on: today we produce a wide range of geosynthetics including geogrids and geocomposites in numerous factories around the world. We are always striving for innovation. We keep searching for constant improvement. We are Maccaferri.

Enduring History


Maccaferri in France, Maghreb and West Africa: a versatile team focused on helping its customers

France Maccaferri (formerly Gabion France) is based in Valence (Drôme – 26) and is the French subsidiary of Officine Maccaferri whose headquarters are in Bologna, Italy. Founded in 1986 and traditionally known for technical gabions, in the last 10 years we have greatly expanded our solutions and today we offer a full range of competitive and efficient market of Geosynthetics for civil engineering and construction.

Our company designs and sells in the sector of public works adapted technical solutions: gabions, Reno mattresses ™, protection systems against natural hazards, reinforcement Geosynthetics, drainage, fight against surface erosion and products for the coastal management – in compliance with environmental constraints. We also offer our partners the implementation of some of our solutions to ensure optimal integration of their works.

We devote a significant portion of our resources to R&D, such as the development of new PA6 coating, the organic coating which significantly increases the lifespan of the products. We are already BBA certified across the range of ParaGrid™ Geogrid reinforcement and ParalLink™ as well as double twist products. We also obtained the certification ASQUAL for Paragrid™ PG 50/100 /200. This certification imposes demanding and frequent external controls that ensure high levels of quality of our products benefiting from this label. Of 28 manufacturing locations, two have the NF certification for double twist products, which guarantees our partners external monitoring and traceability on these products. All our products have the CE marking in accordance with CPP n ° 305/2011. Moreover we are also is ISO 9001- 2008 since 2008 for the quality of its products and services. As experts in the fields of competence, we are asked to participate in French and European standardization commissions.

As all the subsidiaries of the group, we also have a technical office with engineers who bring expertise in the design using specific calculation software developed by the group. We also employ a team of advisers on the ground to assist customers from the development of a project to its implementation.

What: from Design to Development

At Maccaferri we do not simply sell products: we provide better solutions – identifying, addressing and responding to the specific needs of each client. Maccaferri is a partner who works alongside clients from the start of the project, maximising value for money through technical expertise and an extensive portfolio of quality products.

Our better solutions start from the design phase of the project, with the simple aim of solving a problem. Then, we proceed through all the stages of development, in close synergy with our subsidiaries; manufacturing, designing and installing solutions throughout the world. Our better solutions are always the end result of a close-knit, multi-level integration of Maccaferri’s headquarters in Italy, local subsidiaries and clients’ needs.

How: Excellent Sustainability

Environmental protection is an essential factor for us. Maccaferri’s solutions are better also because we design and develop them with an eye on quality of life and on preserving the environment and our communities for future generations. These same principles of respect and integrity are mirrored within our organizational structure.
We are ethically engaged. We have always stood out for the reliability, transparency and professionalism of our management. Our employees follow an unconditional ethical code of conduct that maintains and strengthens behavioural integrity and transparency in all operations, while abiding by all pertinent laws.


Roberto Penzo

Managing Director
Joined Maccaferri Group in 2009


François Gounon

Joined Maccaferri Group in 2000

Pierre Lefèvre

Pierre Lefèvre

Commercial Manager
Joined Maccaferri Group in 2018

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