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SUPERYACHT #501
January 2004

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news


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Daniele Carnevali


THE WOODS BY ALPI

Alpi is one of the leading companies in the wood-working sector fitting out ships and luxury yachts. The company, founded in 1919 in Romagna by Pietro Alpi, was originally a cabinet makers and with time began specialising in the manufacture of multi-laminate panels, eventually opening a factory purely for this kind of production. The Alpi Group has two separate factories housing two separate divisions: the "wood division" and the "linteco division". The former employs over 500 operators for the working of multi-laminate panels, called Alpilignum. The second division, founded in 1967, is where the company transforms the Alpilignum multi-laminate into technologically more advanced materials. From these the Alpi Group has selected AlpikordT, an HPL laminate with real wood surface. The abbreviation HPL stands for wood veneer High Pressure Laminate, a process giving large homogeneous sheets with either painted or melamine surfaces. The advantages of multilaminate panels over laminates are numerous: any kind of wood can be industrially created with the first, even the most valuable and rare. In this way, starting with a base of Italian plantation aspen, involving no deforestation and Cameroon Ayous plywood, the Alpi Group creates panels that are in compliance with strict environmental regulations.

Furthermore, one of the great advantages of AlpikordT is the balanced appearance of its surface and its more even colour. All panels made by the Alpi Group undergo strict quality and resistance to flame propagation testing, as their AFF and IMO MED certifications prove, respectively issued by the RINA and by Lloyd's Register in Britain. The panels are also E1 certified by CATAS, an independent institute dealing with respect enforcement of European regulations regarding formaldehyde emissions. The panels are available on the market in two ranges: Range no. 1 with multi-laminate wood surfaces and Range no. 2 with traditional wood surfaces, both surface treated with three coats of polyurethane semi brilliant paint or in the more natural "wax effect". The Alpi Group with its range of over 70 woods and finishes is able to meet any boatyard, designer or owner's requests. Among the products manufactured by this company set in the Romagna region we can also find panels with a cherry finish, also offered in the varieties American Cherry, antique and European, panels in mahogany and English mahogany, panels in wengé. To guarantee ease of application even in the most hard to fit points, Alpi also produces its panels in a "post-formed" version, in other words adaptable to the shapes called for by the interior design architect.

For further information: Alpi; viale della Repubblica 34; 47015 Modigliana (FC) Italia; tel. +39 0546 945411; fax +39 0546 940251; website www1.alpiwood.com; e-mail info@alpiwood.com.