Arper CEO Named President of Leading Italian Design Association

The entrepreneur from Treviso, Mr Claudio Feltrin is elected President of Assarredo for the three-year period 2017-2019

Claudio Feltrin

The General Meeting of Assarredo, one of the major associations of FederLegnoArredo, held on 2 February 2017 in Milan at the Fondazione Giacomo Feltrinelli, elected Mr Claudio Feltrin, entrepreneur from Treviso and leader of Arper, President of the national association Assarredo for the three-year period 2017-2019

An important recognition of great significance for Claudio Feltrin who, thanks to the successful experiences gained and strategies implemented at the family business Arper, made his entrepreneurial expertise available to the Association and the companies in the furniture industry.

Four key words will characterise the presidency of Mr Feltrin in Assarredo: Listening, Transparency, Competitiveness and Internationalisation. These are the values that the entrepreneur adopted, spread and developed in the Venetian company Arper, founded and managed together with his family since the end of the ‘80s.

This programme is based on the awareness of how valuable internationalisation is and on the intention to listen to the entrepreneurs and companies of Assarredo, in order to develop association activities capable of supporting the companies within a complex and very competitive background such as the current one, so as to enhance and protect one of the Italian most distinctive businesses worldwide.

Claudio Feltrin: “I wish to thank all the Colleagues of the Association for their trust, expressed through this vote. I will start working immediately to translate the guidelines defined in my programme into real targets that we will pursue together, sharing ideas and paths. Our Association represents the excellence of the furniture industry, a sector in which our country represents an undisputed benchmark all over the world. Thus, our priority will be to ensure that the Italian companies in the Furniture industry are able to express their entrepreneurial and creative abilities at their best on the international scenario. I am honoured to take over from President Anzani, to whom I wish to express my gratitude for the invaluable contribution he has given, with his guide, to Assarredo, and I wish to express my best wishes to the Designated President of Federlegno, Mr Orsini.”

Assarredo is the national Association of manufacturers of furniture, upholstery, kitchens, sleeping systems, furnishing accessories, and furniture for business. Founded in 1979, Assarredo is one of the ten associations members of FederlegnoArredo, the trade industrial confederation that represents the wood, cork, furniture and furnishing sectors. The task of Assarredo is to represent, support and protect the Italian companies of the furniture industry, promoting their interests at a local, national and international level.

Arper is an Italian company that manufactures and distributes chairs and tables worldwide, for communities, workplaces and home. The company – the brainchild of the Feltrin family – in 1989 launched an industrial project focused on design, and became a BtB company that uses new materials and technologies, mindful of environmental and social sustainability.

Under the lead of President Claudio Feltrin, who in 2016 took over his father Luigi, currently Honorary President, the company has always availed itself of the collaboration of designers capable of interpreting the brand at a design level, consistently with the corporate values that that account for today’s international standing of the company. Nowadays, Arper represents a thriving business with a turnover of Euro 67 million in 2015, up by 23% from 2014, and with a forecast for 2016 of a consolidated turnover in excess of Euro 70 million.

The company is an international structure with 11 showrooms in the major capitals worldwide. These spaces play different strategic roles for the development of the specific markets. Four showrooms are used as offices of the affiliates of the Group: New York (office of Arper USA), Dubai (office of Arper Middle East), London (office of Arper UK) and Tokyo (office of Arper Japan). Currently, two branches exist: Arper Sweden and Arper Singapore. Milan, Cologne, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Oslo, Chicago are used as exhibition areas and as places for the local design communities to meet and discuss. Additionally, there is an in-house showroom at the Headquarters in Treviso.