La Motor Valley

In the area where our company was founded we share a love for motors. The Emilia Romagna region, and in particular the valley between Bologna, Modena and Ferrara is a zone where the automotive industry has grown up and given birth to famous internationally acclaimed marques.

Throughout the world this area is known as Motor Valley and is synonymous with a passion for motors. The images that spring to mind are many: the red of Ferrari and Ducati, the gutsy allure of Maserati and Lamborghini, the racing circuits of Imola and Misano and historic names in motorcycling such Moto Morini, Minarelli, Malaguti and Bimota.

The companies based in Motor Valley have always been at the forefront of research and innovation and are involved in the artisan and industrial production of automobiles, motorcycles and agricultural vehicles. Today Motor Valley is considered a genuine regional heritage which is capitalised on with new museums and cultural itineraries for the purpose of exploring the brands, pubic figures and sports achievements that have made history.

CIAP has always enjoyed the productive and innovative excitement of this zone and is proud to be a part of it: our DNA is tinged with that same great love of motors that can be found in all the companies of Motor Valley.

Our history

Our strengths are rooted in a past history of specialisation and quality.
  • 1963The launch

    C.I.A.P. (Costruzione Italiana Apparecchi Precisione) is founded. The company makes parts for optical equipment and for data processing machines.
  • 1970sThe production changes

    CIAP starts making gears for motorcycles - still today its core business.
  • 1982The collaboration with HONDA

    CIAP becomes an official supplier to HONDA Italia Industriale in Atessa.
  • 31 July 1988The acquisition

    Relations with the Japanese multi-national grow stronger and stronger until Honda Motor buys out the entire share capital of CIAP.
  • The 2000sThe evolution

    The experience gained by the parent company leads to organisational changes at all levels at CIAP in order to globalise the company: the IT network, the vehicle fleet, the work spaces and logistics.