The 1950s


  • Varvel is formed in Bologna on 24 February, by Cesare Berselli, the father of the current president.
  • Varvel begins to design and produce mechanical speed variators.
  • The name of the company is formed by the first three letters of the words "VARiatori" and "VELocità" (variators and speed). The company adopts a logo formed by the letter "V" positioned over a gear.

The 1960s

  • Production is expanded to encompass gearboxes, gearmotors, and speed variators for small to medium power fixed applications.


  • Francesco Berselli, the Varvel Group's current president, joins the company.
  • Varvel starts exporting its products and begins the process of internationalizing (in Europe).
  • The company becomes VARVEL S.p.A..
  • Varvel moves to a new site in Anzola dell’Emilia (occupying a plant of around 1500 square metres).

The 1970s

  • Varvel begins internationalizing outside Europe (South Africa and Australia).
  • The company expands its operations in Italy to satisfy demand from the domestic and export markets without having to contract out production.

The 1980s

  • Varvel continues growing, placing more and more emphasis on internationalization.
  • The company begins investing in local production facilities.

The 1990s

  • Varvel establishes commercial links with Asia and South America.
  • The RS Series of worm gearboxes is launched.


  • Varvel's Quality Management System is certified to EN ISO 9001.
  • The FRP71 gearbox is introduced for use in ground level, linear feed systems for livestock.

January 1, 2000

  • The company moves to its current location in Valsamoggia, Bologna (20,000 square metres of factory and offices).

The 2000s


  • RT Series is launched.


  • Introduction of the innovative "motor flange without gasket"; Varvel is the first to bring this innovation to the gearbox market.


  • Varvel's Environmental Management System is certified to EN ISO 14001.


  • Varvel begins investing in production process automation to improve the level of service to customers.


  • A new series of helical gearboxes, designated "RD" is launched at the international exhibition in Hanover.
  • Varvel is the first gearbox manufacturer to introduce an innovative “integrated flexible input coupling".


  • The local production network is completed through the acquisition of shares in another three companies.
  • Four new gearbox series are introduced: RG low backlash planetary, RN helical, and RO and RV bevel helical gearboxes.

The 2010s


  • Varvel forms its Indian subsidiary, MGM-Varvel Power Transmission Pvt Ltd, in Chennai (India).


  • The FRP90 gearbox is introduced for use in ground level, linear feed systems for livestock.


  • ISM-BSM modules are introduced, greatly extending customization options.
  • The Group's international expansion continues, with the first links with the USA, Canada and Mexico.


  • The RB Series of helical gearboxes is introduced for use in pellet burners.
  • The SAP ERP system is launched and implemented, to be followed by a CRM system in 2015.
  • The Group participates in a tender for the Horizon 2020 European Framework Programme and obtains funding for the Smart Gearbox project.


  • Varvel SpA obtains certification for its Occupational Health and Safety System according to the BS OHSAS 18001 international standard.
  • The new SRS050 worm gearbox is launched.
  • The RO2 two stage bevel helical gearbox is presented at the Hanover exhibition.


  • Under the Horizon 2020 programme, Varvel begins work on the two-year “Smart Gearbox” project to develop a new range of worm gearboxes.
  • Varvel acquires the companies OCI Srl and Benincasa Meccanica Srl.


  • At the Hannover Messe exhibition, Varvel presents the new FRP680 gearbox for use in ground level, linear feed systems for livestock.
  • The Varvel Group's American subsidiary, Varvel USA LLC, is incorporated in Atlanta (Georgia).