RAASM (Realizzazioni Artigiane Articoli Speciali Meccanici)
was founded by Mr. Giovanni Menon in S. Zeno di Cassola, in the province of Vicenza, Italy.
The very first RAASM product was manufactured, the Jollyfren, a brake and clutch bleeder for cars and lorries.
The first versions of the pressure sprayer and Pressoil, an oil distributor, are the products that the newly founded company designs and launches on the market during the early months.
The RAASM range is extended with the first version of the Aspiroil, a used oil aspirator for vehicles that exploits tank depressurisation to aspirate liquid.
A new and important product family is added to the catalogue of the company led by Giovanni Menon: 1979 will be remembered for the launch of the first versions of the used oil recuperators and aspirators for vehicles, a product for which RAASM has always stood out on the market and that, over time, has become one of the most recognised symbols in the world.
The pneumatic piston pumps are introduced. The first aeropulsometer models are cutting-edge and will, over the years, play an increasingly important role in the RAASM range.
In the same month, the first grease nipples are introduced, pneumatic, manual and trolley-mounted grease distributors.
The company continues to grow and 1983 sees the birth of the product that, over the years, will become one of the reference points for the RAASM market: hose reels.
The laboratory becomes a depot: the first lot of land is acquired, on the current site, and a new and larger production base is built.
RAASM begins organising dedicated hot air balloon and flying meets, and that’s not all as, in 1990, the first Montegrappa International Flying Meeting is hosted.
Events continue with large-scale company meets - this year sees the 1st RAASM Park Trophy, with hot air balloon races and demonstrations. It proves to be a great success.
The millennium closes with the restructuring of the south-east side of the depot and building of a road through the park surrounding the entire company.
The logistical and structural expansion of RAASM continues in 2000, as the external coverings and internal warehouses undergo further extension.
Warehouse logistics are vertically reorganised, with the acquisition of 4 brand new structures, managed via computer, known as “Modula”.
2005The years pass but company quality lives on... The firm celebrates its 30th anniversary.
RAASM crosses the Atlantic to found RAASM USA. This is the first independent commercial base, headquartered in the city of Charlotte, in North Carolina.
A new phase of product and catalogue development begins: the R&D department creates ram hoist models in order to strengthen the company’s presence in the industrial sector.
Diaphragm pumps become a reality. Company R&D concludes the design and production of this new pump technology, to be used in both the traditional automotive sector and in industry.
Digital litre-counters also feature in the RAASM catalogue. After an intense design phase, this product enters our range and, just like all RAASM products, it is 100% Made in Italy.
It is not just the industrial sector to benefit from innovation as, from 2011, the automotive sector can also exploit a cutting-edge automated fluid management system, the FCS – Fluid Control System.
The company increases its focus on an eco-sustainable economy, introducing 100% recyclable packaging.
No longer just fluids, but also electricity. RAASM produces its first range of electric hose reels with and without lights.
Technology and innovation become an increasing part of RAASM DNA. Confirmation of this comes with the production of centralised lubrication systems, a range of products that combine the traditional need to lubricate moving parts with a computerised system for the automated management of operations.
The company successfully reaches its 40 year milestone, having spent four decades innovating and knowing how to innovate. Today, the company is an international reference point for its sector.
RAASM product evolution never stops: the new versions of the diaphragm pump in polypropylene, manual and trolley-mounted hose reels and trolley-mounted ram hoist models for 18-30 kg drums arrive on the market.