The Group

About Us

Founded in 1971, UFI Filters is a global leader in filtration technology and thermal management. It serves a wide range of sectors – from automotive, aerospace and marine to specialized industrial and customized hydraulic applications. Renowned for its innovation, UFI’s products and know-how are to be found
in all kinds of vehicles – from Ferrari and other top F1 teams, to the European ExoMars spacecraft.

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UFI supplies the full range of air, oil, fuel, cabin, hydraulic and coolant filters as well as thermal management systems to the automotive sector, meeting the needs of nearly all car brands and motorcycles as well as commercial, heavy duty and agricultural vehicles. In the OE market, UFI is a leading filtration provider. Each family of filters within the company’s two Aftermarket brands, UFI and Sofima, covers 96% of the European car parc.

One of the first Italian companies to identify growth opportunities in the Far East, today UFI has 15 industrial sites and employs over 4,000 people in 16 countries. It employs 120 specialized technicians in its Innovation and Research Centers and holds 167 patents. UFI achieved double digit sales growth rates (CAGR) from 2009 to 2017. As a research-driven company, it reinvests over 5% of its revenues in R&D.


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History

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1971

THE ORIGINS
1971

The Universal Filter Italiana S.p.A. was founded in Italy, in Nogarole Rocca, in the province of Verona – it is still the Group’s headquarters and has the aim of supplying filtration systems to the automotive market. UFI revolutionises air filtration: it is the first manufacturer of panel air filters

1971

1981

1981

SOFIMA s.r.l is founded. – Società Filtri Mantova – (Italy) to expand the distribution possibilities in the aftermarket. The Group began collaboration with the leading Formula 1 teams

1981

1983

1983

UFI was the first company in the sector to establish contact with China, where nowadays it is recognised as a supplier of excellence for the Original Equipment Market (OEM) in the automotive sector.

1983

1992

INTERNATIONALISATION
1992

SOFIMA HYDRAULICS S.p.A. the production of filtration solutions for the hydraulic sector began in Bergamo (Italy). In 1999 it became PLANET FILTERS S.p.A.

1992

1996

1996

The Group was the first European filtration company to enter the Chinese market, inaugurating the SOFIMA AUTOMOTIVE FILTER SHANGHAI Co., LTD. The end of the 90s was a period of strong growth: the company dominated the automobile manufacturing market for fuel filters which ensured the separation of water from diesel.

1996

1997

1997

The production plant in Tunis was inaugurated – SOFIMA FILTERS S.A.

1997

2001

THE AFFIRMATION
2001

UFI Filters consolidated its reputation as a global OEM supplier to the world’s largest automobile manufacturing companies.

UFI arrived in the United States, where UFI FILTERS USA inc. was founded in Atlanta. During this period, investment was concentrated on the expansion of the Research and Development department located in the Group’s headquarters in Italy.

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2002

2002

The Universal Filter Italiana became UFI FILTERS S.p.A. The Group’s expansion continued in the East:
The plants of SOFIMA HYDRAULICS CHINA in Shanghai were inaugurated, the first offices were opened in Korea, and in 2003 the commercial headquarters of UFI FILTERS JAPAN opened in Tokyo.
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2002

2004

2004

UFI FILTERS SHANGHAI CO. LTD. opened their third and fourth factory in China and the SOFIMA AUTOMOTIVE FILTER CHANGCHUN CO. LTD. was opened.

A new production site was inaugurated in northern Italy in the province of Mantua. Thanks to the constant updating of the most innovative machines, it is still dedicated today to the production of the most advanced filter media. In the same year the commercial expansion continued with the opening of the Wolfsburg office in Germany and the new office in Detroit, in the United States.

2004

2005

2005

The production expansion in the Far East continued with the inauguration of the production lines at the UFI FILTERS KOREA CO. LTD. headquarters. dedicated to original equipment for the most important local automotive brand. In the same year, the following were created: BUSINESS UNIT AFTERMARKET dedicated to the marketing of filtration systems for the independent spare parts market. PLASTIC TECHNOLOGY S.p.A. opened in Castrocaro Terme, Forlì (Italy) – dedicated to the production and moulding of plastic components.

2005

2006

2006

The Group arrived in India, where it inaugurated the UFI FILTERS INDIA PVT LTD in Bawal, with the primary purpose of supplying filtration systems to the original local equipment market.

2006

2006

2006

UFI INNOVATION CENTRE S.r.l. was founded – the research and development centre dedicated to the study, design, testing and development of new filtering materials, which boasts the collaboration with the physics department of the University of Trento – one of the most prestigious in Italy.

2006

2007

2007

The offices of UFI FILTERS JAPAN INC were opened. and UFI FILTERS IBERICA SL in Barcelona, Spain.

2007

2010

EXPANSION
2010

The new SOFIMA FILTER CHANGHCHUN CO. LTD plant in China was inaugurated.

2010

2011

2011

SOFIMA INDUSTRIAL FILTERS CO. LTD was opened in Shanghai; the fourth production site in China dedicated to the production of filtration systems for the Heavy Duty sector

2011

2012

2012

Production began at the second plant in India, UFI India PVT LTD. in Belgaum.

2012

2013

2013

The UFI FILTERS CZECH s.r.o European plant was opened in the Czech Republic dedicated to the assembly of OEM oil, air and fuel filters for the leading automotive manufacturers in Europe.

2013

2015

2015

The new All-in-One SOFIMA FILTERS S.A plant was built in Tunis for the production and assembly of air and diesel filters for the main automotive manufactures and the European independent spare parts market. Opening of the new front office of Dubai, strategic-commercial outpost for the aftermarkets in the Middle East and Africa.

2015

2017

2017

The new aftermarket logistics centre in Shanghai is inaugurated. Approximately 3,000 square metres of surface area with the ability to move over 3,349 pallets.

2017

Now

Now

The Group has inaugurated its first production and commercial site in South America, UFI Filters do Brasil, to provide the local market for both OEM and the aftermarket.

Now

Research and Innovation

Research, design, development and testing of new filter materials. We are constantly implementing new filtration solutions in our UFI Innovation Centres in Italy, China and India.

  • State-of-the-art testing equipment capable of simulating real-world operational conditions.
  • Dedicated pilot production plants.
  • Sophisticated chemical-physical analytical investigation techniques.
  • Scientific collaboration with universities – both Italian and abroad.

These are the key points that allow us to develop tailor- made filter media for specific current customer requests and anticipate the evolution of filtration technology.

Sustainability

FILTERING TECHNOLOGY FOR THE PLANET

One of the primary objectives of the UFI Filters Group is preserving our planet’s natural resources.

REDUCTION OF POLLUTING EMISSIONS.

Our Group is constantly engaged in research and the implementation of solutions that guarantee maximum respect for the environment – providing technologically …

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Values, Mission and Vision

Why we exist: UFI Mission

Our mission is to create innovative and sustainable solutions in filtration and thermal management systems.

We put our customers first and aim to provide them with exceptional quality products to enhance the efficiency of their applications.

We believe in a business ethic of continuous improvement and mutual respect, which begins inside the Company and extends to our customers and suppliers with equal importance.

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What we want to accomplish: UFI Vision

Be the trendsetter in the world of filtration and thermal management

How we will do it: UFI Values

INNOVATION: being one step ahead
PASSION: being driven by our heart
EXCELLENCE: delivering superior results, we are chosen by the best
INTEGRITY: adhering to moral and ethical principles
ACCOUNTABILITY: reaching our targets respecting our values
DIVERSITY: appreciating and valuing our differences

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