06-2012

The Magazine INFORMAZIONI DELLA DIFESA - Periodical magazine of the Italian Defence General Staff n°6/2012 dedicates an article "MAKE ITALY IS SYSTEM - Supporting the Made in Italy and working in synergy with the Armed Forces" to R.I. S.p.A and to its operational presence and support to the Armed Forces.
The journalist Maria Clara Mussa writes:

"A successful combination between Armed Forces and Companies developing work to support themselves is represented by the Company of Salento RI Spa, in Trepuzzi, in the province of Lecce.
A productive force that represents the Italian System known and appreciated in the world. Numerous times in international theaters of operation we met the owner, Salvatore Tafuro, waiting for some works of restoration, maintenance or construction of buildings dedicated to logistics support to the Italian contingents. Village Italy, in Kosovo, is his work.
In Lebanon the base of Shama, to name one. In Afghanistan, the new base in Farah, that in Lamarmora, next to the forward base of Shindand, in a few months torn to a piece of desert, with heliport; and even Camp Stone, U.S. base near Herat.

It has a long and far history, which begins from Albania, in 1992.
In addition to Trepuzzi and Rome, other offices are in Greece, Albania, Kosovo and Lebanon, Afghanistan, Haiti and Australia. The feature of the company is to operate in territories of emergency, in which it is requested its support, using for working, paying them fairly, local workers, of the area in which the activity takes place, whether in Afghanistan or Lebanon or Kosovo or Albania, creating a good human and business relationship.
The significant operational presence of R.I. is inseparable from the active and operational presence of the Armed Forces. And this is called the Italian System.
And about this we spoke with Salvatore Tafuro, founder, president of the company, which conducts with his four sons, Cosimo, Lorenzo, Antonio and Emanuele.
The current period, in which it speaks of recession, it appears worrying for those who have the responsibility of sixty employees in Italy and two hundred committed abroad.

Why engage in doing business in time of recession, such as these in which we are living?

"Crisis and Boom" is the life cycle of the economy; so that no one is actually really unprepared for a situation like the present. The recession of today will create a new, more harmonious and balanced, general well-being. It is in the most difficult moments that the man of will can express the best of everything and start again with more force and vigor. The password must be clear and strong as that of the general to the front, galvanizing, spurring all to Resist! Resist! Resist!!! "

R.I. SpA is a company specialized in the construction of prefabricated modular systems for civil and military purpose. Established in the early eighties, with the aim of intercepting the requirements in "emergencies", with constant determination and will it has developed over the years a know-how that puts it today as one of the leading companies in Italy and abroad. It collaborates with the armed forces; government apparatus responsible for environmental emergencies and immigration; international organizations in general, offering turnkey solutions for design, construction and maintenance with the Global Service formula of the entire operational base, village or compound.

The team R.I. of technicians and skilled international workers together with the young company management, has allowed the realization of full self-contained housing complexes, with different modular prefabricated system with civil works too such as roads, aqueducts, sewers, power lines, data lines, production facilities of traditional energy and / or renewable energy sources; water treatment plants and sewage treatment; passive defense systems, such as fences, bunkers and reserves of ammunition; dynamics surveillance systems and other etc..
An operational example is the "Village Italy" in Kosovo, where for years the Italian and foreigner contingents have lived and worked in support of the territory as part of the KFOR mission.
In recent years, R.I. SpA has focused on the production of the "safety" line.
In collaboration with CETMA, University of Salento, it has developed and implemented new products, such as:

  • the "armoured sentry/turret", (already produced and located at the Quirinale Palace and in several operational theaters), of which it is now in production, a new version with armored tower and EMI proof cabin, to better protect the operator and its activities ;
  • the special housing module called "Limited 2012", intended for guests with limited freedom, that with the help of the advice of expert senior officers, has developed a unique product for its qualities of comfort, security, mobility and price;
  • among its strong points, the modules with high-technological content for special functions: tele-medicine, tele-school, telecommunications, remote control, which are made EMI proof and inviolable by computer access, by applying the high research produced by the company Soliani EMC, with which it has been signed a partnership agreement.

In the field of ecology, especially of mobile toilet facilities, through the acquisition of a large long-term contract with the United Nations, advanced modules have been designed and are in production, with stainless steel accessories, which gives guarantee of safety functional, low maintenance, durability, anti-self-damaging.

We asked to Tafuro if "there are levers for success"

"We often try to find some aid, recommendations, and all sorts of tricks to get it. Success often charms and doesn’t make you think to realize that you can’t buy it, you can’t inherit it, you can’t find it under the brick. You can get it consciously, working day after day, experience by experience, developing idea after idea, sacrificing time and without fearing sacrifices. This is the only way to get the piece of success that belongs to us and thinking more effectively about the future." But the concept by which R.I. S.p.A. is inspired the most is the ability to make "System". The password is: to avoid a Neo-Feudalism and propose a Neo-Renaissance by making "System".

To make Italy is to make System, your convinced assertion, what does it mean?

"Making System" in the common dialectic is a very used and abused phrase, in fact, little is known or done to "make system", but just move from words to actions and you can quickly and effectively, with minimal cost and excellent results "make system". There are the rules and we must use them, apply them, work with responsibility and common sense, in harmony between the parties involved in the transaction, preventing them from becoming "counterparties", but which remain subjects, actors together, with different roles and functions, involved to promote and bring to a conception the common project. The time of opposition is exceeded. Today more than ever we must work in synergy: customer-supplier; citizen-administrator, employee-employer; union-company, superior-subordinate, agent-user are always the two sides of the same coin, useful and necessary to conclude endless operations, if well used."

The concept of "make system" is therefore applied in areas where you work together with the Public Administration?

In practice, all this, often for reasons that may also seem obvious, does not occur and to "make system" remains a good purpose. We have direct experience that this concept is unjustly dismissed, despite legitimate grievances represented to insiders. To better understand what we mean, I would like to report a recurrent example in which it is given up the benefits of "making system for making Italy". Our company operates in theaters such as Kosovo, Lebanon, Afghanistan, investing a lot of energy and technology, and managed to keep firmly the principles governing tax rules, labor rules and public and company procurement rules. We don’t discuss the power of derogation of Public Administration, but we often wonder about what kind of principles decisions are made to award contracts in operational theaters. One gets the impression that sometimes the decisions of the Public Administration does not take into proper consideration the need to protect the public interest in the various implementing stages of the contracted works. In Afghanistan, for example, it is correct to involve local worker in order to promote social pacification, which also passes through the economic well-being. But we don’t understand why there is "tolerance" towards those non-Italian companies, which operate without complying with the minimum requirements of the same contracting "station". It is obvious that in this way our company that respects all the right constraints, assuming the obligation that these constraints imply, is in a disadvantaged position. Some important requirements, requested to us, lack in some companies used on site, which often operate in the absence of adequate guarantees, in the absence of technical-economic capability, in the absence of security in the broad sense, such as the secrecy on sensitive documents and projects. I would like to emphasize the impossibility of applying the measures provided that the contracting "station" should activate in the event of default by the contractor. These reasons push many governments to apply a simple principle, effective and in compliance with the national and international rules of engagement: they invite companies who have their registered office in the same country of the contracting authority, or established in EU, or in states part of the NATO, which sign bilateral agreements. In this way it is guaranteed:

  • the certainty of applicable law;
  • the certainty of the availability of the office and of the legal representatives of the company;
  • the certainty of the presence on site of representatives able to speak with the project managers and those responsible for CAI processes in Italian language;
  • the larger economic impact on the area because it would be involved more local suppliers;
  • the larger economic and social impact in the area, because of the local workers that, with the Italian companies, are paid from six to ten times more than what local companies pay their countrymen workers;
  • the support to the national economy where the contracting station is located, with reference to both businesses, industries and the state apparatus, which benefits from taxes, fees and contributions accordingly paid because of the company business.

And, in my opinion, the method to make system would be guaranteed by supporting the made in Italy, which I think is absolutely significant."

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