MARIA LUIGIA GHIGGIA

 What can you tell us about your company?

Our company has been founded in 1953 by my grandfather, developed by my mother, and now my brother and I are working to develop new products that have to be sell in new markets.
At the beginning A.M.I.S. was a commercial hydraulic equipment company, but from the 60’s it has started manufacturing membrane check valves (ONDASTOP ®) and automatic air feeders (AMISJET ®), from the 80’s our range of products has been enriched by water pressure booster systems for residential and industrial use (AMISYSTEM ®) and water pressure boosters for fire extinguishing systems (AMISFIRE ®).
Since the 90’s, we have developed the design industry to respond effectively and efficiently to the request of custom-made products.
Nowadays 40% of our turnover is sold abroad and we are working to increase our presence outside the domestic market.

What or who inspired you to set up your own company?

I have not set up the company but I never thought that I could do anything else in my life than dealing with A.M.I.S.
After the studies, I took part in two stages in other companies to gain a broader view of what “doing business” meant, then I started my affair into the family business.
I think my mother inspired me to: seeing her passion for work, her relationship with her staff, her job satisfaction, her ability to run a business and a family.
I certainly had a concrete example of how a woman can reconcile a great passion and commitment to working with the family management.

What were the challenges that you faced when you decided to launch your company? Did you have any support from organisations?

As said, I have not founded our company, I am part of the third generation of A.M.I.S. entrepreneurs, the “famous” third generation…
When I started to work as an entrepreneur my first goal was to put on what I have learnt during economics studies, trying to evolve the organization internally and look for new products and markets externally.
I must say that these activities still stimulate me, ultimately the research of continuous improvement and the development of new products/ applications/markets amuse me, maybe because I like changing perspective to seize new opportunities.
In carrying out these activities, besides work with internal resources of the company, I cooperate with external organizations (for example, the entrepreneurial association API) and professionals, but I consider a very important help the comparison with other entrepreneurs, that can be supportive and stimulating, even as witnesses of business realities different from mine.

Entrepreneurship is still often considered a man’s territory; what advice would you give young women who want to become an entrepreneur?

Study
Train
Have a determined goal
Have passion
Be motivated
Be determined
Do not be discouraged
Catch the opportunities
Learn to change perspective
Be always available to learn
Share to improve
Share success

What is your favourite part of your job?

I have not a favourite part of my job, I have a moment: when I see the possibility of improvement (new target, new customer, new product, new market, new organization); from here everything goes for me

 

Favourite quote/motto?“The opportunities are there, just pick them up”


Name of the business: A.M.I.S. SRL


Other positions: Advisor APID, Advisor Consiglio Direttivo UNIONMECCANICA Torino