Paolo Torasso, Sales Manager
Ellena is well-recognized for its unrivaled prowess in high-quality, precision machining. The company’s prominent position in the industry was the result of two brothers, Pietro Ellena and Giuseppe Ellena, who laid the foundation to a strong legacy in 1944. Though it had a humble beginning as a small artisan workshop during the Second World War—serving the Railway Industry—this family-owned business has now evolved into a leading machining shop that serves several verticals, including aerospace, petrochemical, and mechatronics. “This is a result of our drive towards embracing new technologies and conquering new market. Following that patrimony, the next generations’ entrepreneurs took Ellena to greater heights with continuous investments in machinery, automation, and other advanced technologies,” says Paolo Torasso, the Sales Manager at Ellena. “Our powerful legacy, over seven decades-worth experience, and technical expertise in machining makes us an exceptional partner in the manufacturing and assembly aerospace components.”
What gives Ellena an extra edge over the competition is its capability to manage the entire manufacturing lifecycle—from material sourcing to the final functional tests. By leveraging its wide networks of suppliers that span multiple continents, it can source raw materials according to clients’ specific requirements from anywhere within Italy, the U.S., the U.K., and eventually Asia. The company can qualify and manage special coatings, NDT, and other special processes that are essentials to the aeronautics and space industries.
When it comes to machining, Ellena is equipped with a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art advanced technologies to support high precision machining of several complex parts. With such powerful in-house resources, coupled with its dedicated team of experts, the company supports a wide range of volumes while ensuring the highest quality standards. “We can also provide feedback on the feasibility of a component design to help reduce the manufacturing cost and eliminate risks associated with machining by leveraging value engineering approach,” adds Torasso. Another area that Ellena excels at is the assembly of components.
The company has a 250 square meters ISO-7 clean-room, which allows it to perform high-demanding mechanical assemblies and, eventually, mechatronics assemblies.
Working with several prominent aerospace OEMs and suppliers, Ellena identifies a growing need for additive manufacturing, minimizing Co2 emissions, and reducing component weight. To this end, the company redirects its focus toward building technology solutions and acquiring robust machines that support additive manufacturing. This helps it simplify machining, minimize wastage of materials, and reduce unnecessary spent. Ellena continues to enhance its additive manufacturing capabilities to provide OEMs with industry-best services. The company has invested in two additive manufacturing machines and went the extra mile to establish a startup, SPEM, a full-additive manufacturing company. By collaborating with SPEM, Ellena provides clients with designs and solutions to implement additive manufacturing in their projects and prototypes.
Ellena stands out of the competition with its unique, customer-first approach. Unlike other machining shops, the company holds several backup machines within its facility to meet any unforeseen requirements during a project. Dedicated to ensuring a better customer experience, it has incorporated ERP, MRP, and production control systems within its facility. With this, the company can track its operations to help quickly inform clients on project status and expediting feasibility, if required.
To further elaborate on Ellena’s value proposition, Torasso recalls its recent collaboration with a foreign customer who was struggling to resolve an issue with one of their aerospace components. The company worked with the client to understand the core problem and their requirements. Dedicated to helping them, Ellena’s team brainstormed themselves to build a solution in collaboration with one of its partner universities—that holds a patent for an additive manufacturing design. Post-collaboration, the client was able to walk away with an improved component that enhanced its operational efficiency. In fact, they are still in partnership with Ellena to further enhance their component design and efficacy.
Such instances of success testify to Ellena’s dedication to providing industry-best precision-machined parts to its clients. Moving ahead, the company is drawing a comprehensive roadmap that aligns well with its founders’ vision and philosophy. The third-generation owners are also following the same legacy and continuing to search for innovation and excellence in high-tech manufacturing. When it comes to the aerospace industry, the company is driving toward further expanding its footprints in machining complex components.