Swiss cable developer acquires Italian rack manufacturers Tecnosteel

Italian manufacturer of racks and enclosures for data centres, Tecnosteel, has become part of the R&M Group after the company accepted the terms for a takeover.  

R&M is a global developer and provider of cabling systems for network infrastructures, based in Wetzikon, Switzerland, and will now be in a position to offer complete, tailor-made infrastructure units for data centres of all types and sizes thanks to this latest announcement. 

Tecnosteel, based in Brunello, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of 19-inch racks and enclosures for IT equipment and networks in data centres. Their portfolio also includes compact distributor and server cabinets, enclosures for computer rooms, power distributors, cooling and air conditioning systems, and systems for network management and monitoring in data centres. 

Michel Riva, CEO at R&M, said: “Our strategic goal is to be able to offer integrated, complex infrastructure solutions for data centres from a single source. The acquisition of Tecnosteel will allow us to perfectly complement our portfolio and benefit from existing customer relationships in Europe.” 

Tecnosteel founders and managing directors, Mauro Turci and Marino Piotti, said: “We are delighted to be able to hand over Tecnosteel to R&M after more than 20 years of stable development. In association with the R&M Group, Tecnosteel will be able to expand sales beyond Italy and Europe in the long term. Tecnosteel is gaining important, new perspectives for the future in the growing data centre market.” 

Riva added: “Tecnosteel fits into the R&M Group and our culture, because their ethics – quality awareness, expertise, flexibility, and customer orientation – perfectly align with ours. The possibility to increase integration now covers everything from network connectors to digitalised data centre infrastructure management. 

“With Tecnosteel on board, R&M is further strengthening its market position in the price-sensitive project business. We can acquire larger project volumes and deliver in Europe even faster and more flexibly.” 

Together, the two companies hope to develop innovations with which networks can be further densified, and data centres can be operated in a more energy- and cost-efficient manner. Tecnosteel, for example, are already developing green data centre solutions under the brand name ‘BladeShelter’.  

R&M is taking over all employees in Italy and France, with further investments already been planned to further expand the highly automated production facility in Brunello. 

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