Quick couplings manufacturer Stucchi has over the years built a strong worldwide reputation on the back of its innovative and evolving product range, with the Italian company, formed by brothers Innocente and Lorenzo Stucchi in the northern province of Bergamo in 1960, drawing on over six decades of experience.
It is this proactive and leading-edge approach that has both driven Stucchi’s international expansion – with the fluid connections and control specialist having branched out from its Italian headquarters to establish a global presence spanning the USA, Brazil, China and Australia – and earned it a reputation as one of the principal innovators in the quick couplings sector.
Stucchi has maintained an on-the-ground presence in Australia since 2013, with its Australian branch, Stucchi FCP, a key component of its international operations, allowing it to further build its presence in the Oceania region.
Stucchi is based out of Victoria, and maintains an office in Queensland, while it has also recently established a new office in Western Australia, underpinning its focus on providing a premium and accessible service for its growing Australian customer base. Matt Fullerton, Managing Director, Stucchi Australia, commented, “As a business we take our core values from a global level and distil that down into a local feel. Stucchi started here in Dandenong and as we grow nationally it will remain our headquarters for Australia.
“The last 24 months has resulted in a want and need for local content in manufacturing and supply. People are coming back to local suppliers and local solutions, which had been lost to overseas over the years, particularly manufacturing. People want to know the origin of the product. We are already seeing the results of it coming back to Australia and it’s fantastic.
“What sets us apart in the market is you are dealing direct with the manufacturer, resulting in a tailored solution in a timely manner leaning on global knowledge fed back into our local market in Australia. This is very unique in the coupling industry.”
Stucchi has over the course of its 60-plus years of operations marked many significant events, and it was in 1977 that the company had originally commenced its production of quick couplings, specifically designed for conducting fluids under pressure.
A commitment to research and development was a key factor in Stucchi’s initial success, and remains an underlying focus to this day, with the company bringing its first series of flat face quick couplings to market in 1983, which in turn paved the way for further expansion and the establishment of its international foothold.
Flat face quick couplings quickly became one of Stucchi’s most distinctive products, and in the following years it has committed itself to further improving its product performance – developing products that are easy to use, safe, long lasting, environmentally friendly and which assist with energy efficiency – in catering for the evolving needs of its multi-sector customer base.
In fact, Stucchi’s endeavours have been acknowledged by ISO (the International Organisation for Standardisation), which brings together experts from all over the world to develop International Standards, with Stucchi awarded the ISO 9001 certificate for quality management systems in 1993.
Further to this, in 1999 Stucchi’s design for flat face quick couplings was used as a reference for the standard ISO 16028, which refers to flat face quick couplings and specifically defines the dimensions of the coupling/decoupling parts and the performance levels required for operation in fluid dynamic circuits with nominal pressures between 200 and 315 bar.
Stucchi strongly believes in and supports the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices, with its product portfolio reflective of its commitment to the development of innovative and efficient hydraulic quick coupling solutions.
As Stucchi advises, using quality couplings provides a range of benefits, not only contributing to improved efficiency, but also helping to prevent equipment issues further down the track, while paving the way for improved safety and reducing the need for costly repairs and resultant downtime.
Stucchi additionally notes that much of the equipment used in the earthmoving industry must be connected by sealing off the hydraulic circuit, with it important to ensure it remains resilient when subjected to high pressure and strong mechanical stress.
With connections being one of the most sensitive points in hydraulic systems, failure could potentially result in accidents, expensive repairs and financial losses due to downtime, in addition to environmental contamination as a result of hydraulic fluid leakages.