Is Bringing Compressors, Has Fill Line of Equipment for Fueling NGVs
Italy’s Safe SpA, a compressed natural gas fueling systems supplier, has named Mario Pirraglia as president of its new Safe North America business unit, effective yesterday, April 21.
Safe SpA is a unit of Landi Renzo. The establishment of Safe North America is analogous to Italian Landi’s forming Landi Renzo USA in Torrance, Calif. in 2010.
Landi Renzo USA subsequently acquired Baytech and with it a line of certified natural gas vehicle conversion offerings.
Pirraglia has more than 20 years’ experience in the CNG industry, working for FuelMaker, BRC and for BRC distributor Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. He was with Mansfield Gas Equipment after Mansfield acquired GESI. He has most recently served as senior VP at Mansfield Energy.
Pirraglia has also served as serving as chairman of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, has chaired of NGVAmerica’s marketing committee, and has been VP with the International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles/NGV Global.
Pirraglia told F&F that Safe North America will start with compressors in the U.S. and Canada as it determines the best strategy for selling integrated packages. In addition to heavy duty SW Series and other compressors for CNG, the Safe product line include dryers, dispensers, onsite CNG storage vessels, and metering gear.
“I am happy to welcome Mr. Pirraglia as the new President of our North American business unit,” Safe SpA CEO Carlo Pedroni said in a release. “His background in the CNG industry is strong, and he brings to Safe a great deal of experience growing business through sales/marketing and effective channel development.”
“Over the past few years we have achieved consistent progress towards our ambition to build the North America business for the Landi/Safe brands,” Pedroni said. “I look forward to the business reaching higher levels under Mario’s leadership.”
Since its founding in 1975, Safe has delivered more than 3,000 compressor systems worldwide.
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Source: Safe SpA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up