Liborio Vincenzo Calia starts his entrepreneurial journey by opening an individual sofa manufacturing company, which will then become Calia Italia’s core element.
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Giuseppe and - later on - Saverio Calia, Liborio Vincenzo’s sons, join the business. They are currently managing the company.
Calia Italia attends the Milan Furniture Exhibition. In the following years, thanks to models such as the “Magic” – launched in 1984 – and the “Transatlantic” – in production since 1987 and designed especially to meet the French market needs – the company starts being successful also on the main international markets.
“Calia Cultura" is founded to support art, scientific research and social commitment. In the same year, all Customer Care’s activities are structured so to be able to assist customers both during and after purchase.
"Centro Studi Calia", an area created within the company, is launched to focus on prototypes research and development. At the Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobile a collection of sofas covered with fabrics by Versace proves to be greatly successful.
A new building, the current company facility, designed by Arch. Saverio Calia, is officially opened in Contrada Serritello La Valle.
With a conference on cancer - "A che punto siamo sul cancro" - held by Prof. Umberto Veronesi the activity in support of AIRC and research on oncologic diseases begins.
The “Hotel”, the most imitated easy chair, is launched. Liborio Vincenzo Calia, the company’s founder, dies.
The company obtains the UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 quality certification; in the same year the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azelio Ciampi awards the company with the Premio AIRC Aziende Attive for “having included personnel’s information and education about oncologic prevention among the main objectives of the company’s management”.
The company is awarded with the "Premio Guggenheim Impresa e Cultura Regione Veneto" for its commitment against social marginality thanks to the project “Ricami di pietra”, aimed at the social reintegration of mentally ill people, and “for being able to turn, through an artistic creation, a social marginality into an incentive to create collective, cultural wealth”.
Management system informatics innovation thanks to SAP system setting up.
The company is awarded with the Premio Guggenheim Impresa e Cultura for “having chosen to be involved with continuity and creativity in cultural fields outside a merely economic contest, thus creating values for itself and for the community”.
The company obtains the UNI EN ISO 14001 environmental management system and gets the Sodalitas Social Award “for carrying out cultural and social initiatives, thus undertaking an active cooperation among companies, employees and local authorities, in a difficult context such as the South of Italy, often penalized by infrastructural shortcomings if compared to other areas of the Country. A distinctive value is recognized to the social projects carried out, to the courage shown to face difficult themes such as mental illness with diligence and positivity”.
One of the largest automated warehouses in Europe, with a storage capacity of 10,500 slots, is opened. Calia Italia is counted among 30 Italian companies with the best Corporate Social Responsibility practices by the Department of Welfare.
In 2006 Calia Italia is enlisted by Eurispes among the “100 successful cases” as the company contributed “to confer prestige to the Country, thanks to its history, corporate mission, process and product innovation and to the quality of its organizational processes”.
Calia Italia is awarded with the "Trophée de l'Innovation" at the ESPRIT MEUBLE, Salon du Meuble de Paris. In the same year, the company supports the nomination of Matera as 2019 European Capital of Culture, producing a maxi sofa shaped with the logo of “Matera 2019”.
2015 - Calia Italia celebrates its 50-year activity being awarded with the "Premio Azienda Longeva" by the Matera Chamber of Commerce “for its contribution to the local economy through a constant and continuous activity in over 50 years”.
A year full of awards for Calia Italia. The company is in fact awarded with the Premio Eccellenze del Design nel Lazio as an “acknowledgment to those designers and companies that emerged for outstanding abilities and innovation” thanks to the Modula being included in the 2016 ADI Design Index.
Calia Italia cooperates with students attending the Industrial Design Degree Courses at La Sapienza University in Rome to share study and research activities. The N4 project - named Giuggiola - is developed within the company and becomes part of Calia Italia’s new collection to be introduced in the 2018 Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobile.