Company

After over a century of family business and likewise productions for the aerospace industry for the most diverse programmes we look at the future with the same enthusiasm of the first pioneers and the will to consolidate and develop worldwide our position of principal suppliers of fuel systems and subsystems and other equipment for applications on-board aircraft.

Mission

We are dedicated to the study, the design and the development of innovative, reliable and competitive solutions for our worldwide customers to support them in the development of new aerospace platforms and their series production.
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With this in mind we invest every year considerable resources in research activities, state-of-the-art design and development tools and customized production machinery and we regularly hire and train valued personnel, highly qualified and skilled. Equally, also in the selection of preferred suppliers we give priority to technical competences, high standards of product quality and on-time delivery, flexibility and competitiveness as a guarantee for a lean supply chain.
  • 1903

    Secondo Mona, a young engineer, opens a shop for the sale and repair of cycles and motorcycles in Somma Lombardo.

  • 1913

    Fascinated by the pioneering aviation activities that were happening nearby in the area of the present Milan Malpensa airport he joins the group of pioneers and helps with the repair and overhaul of the first aeroengines.

  • 1920s

    These are the years of the first international airshows, of the first long-distance flights and of the numerous flight and distance records obtained by the Italian Air Force. In the picture Secondo Mona with Italo Balbo.

  • 1923

    The activity and the experiences grow and Secondo Mona obtains its first quality certification of the time (A.M. for Albert Moulet) for the design and manufacture of fuel equipment which is produced for national aircraft.

  • 1931

    Bruno Mona, the son of Secondo, obtains his degree as an engineer at the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich (ETH) and joins the company. New international collaborations with the European aerospace industry are being developed.

  • 1946

    After the Second World War, during which the company has helped the Italian Air Force and the Country with over 1000 people employed, Secondo Mona becomes a limited company.

  • 1950s

    The activities start again with the repair of equipment installed on the American aircraft that were left over in Italy after the war and follow on with the supply of its own equipment on the first Italian aircraft of the postwar period such as the fighter Fiat G91 and the trainer Macchi MB326.

  • 1960s

    Business grows with the first industrial collaborations with U.S. companies on the F104G programme and on the first Bell helicopters manufactured by Agusta under licence.

  • 1970s

    The third generation is on its way and the two sons of Bruno, Roberto and Renato Mona, join the company and further develop the business through the participation with own fuel equipment on the European multinational programmes Tornado MRCA and AMX and extend the supplies also to engine equipment.

  • 1980s

    Business grows with the participation in various helicopter programmes, such as the EH101, and new technological capabilities are acquired in electromechanics and hydraulics. In the picture Dr. Roberto Mona on the left.

  • 1990s

    After the fall of the Berlin wall the company, which operated with around 400 employees, has to undergo a serious restructuring in order to face the contractions of the military aerospace market. Nevertheless Secondo Mona wins several competitions for supplies on the new European multinational platforms EF2000 Typhoon and NH90 helicopter, which would enter production at the end of the decade, and opens its way to the new Indian aerospace market.

  • 2000

    Claudia and Riccardo Mona, daughter and son of Renato, join the company as the fourth generation after having taken profit from international exposure in their education and junior years and are ready to meet the challenges of the market recovery together with an experienced senior manager.

  • 2003

    The company celebrates 100 years of family business and moves from equipment to system supplier for the distribution, the measurement and the management of fuel on board aircrafts, starting with the new Aermacchi trainer M346.

  • 2010

    The company's new market positioning is recognized and appreciated also by other airframers, both Italian and foreign, especially for trainers, business jets and helicopters. This is a reason for further technological development of internal capabilities from mechanics, electromechanics and hydraulics also to electronics.

  • 2013

    The company celebrates 100 years of contributions for the aerospace industry, contributions that, in more recent years, have become significant also for the market of regional and large civil aircrafts with the manufacturing of equipment and sub-assemblies for landing gears both on Boeing and on Airbus aircraft.

  • 2015

    Secondo Mona participates in several international air shows. In the picture Claudia and Riccardo Mona with leadership of the Italian Air Force.

  • 2016

    Secondo Mona certifies its 2015 balance sheet consolidating herewith also its governance together with its continuous growth over the last years.

Innovation & technology

We are a technological company: our priority has always been to find the best solutions for the customer and the aircraft. Our long presence in the aerospace business and the impressive amount of available field data and product development experience that our technical department has allows us to prepare, in a short time, new technical proposals in response to customers' specifications for the most diverse applications on-board aircraft in the field of fluid mechanics and its related electronics.
Mechanical, electronic and software design

Mechanical, electronic and software design

Environmental tests in climatic chamber

Environmental tests in climatic chamber

Full scale fuel iron bird

Full scale fuel iron bird

We have a young and dynamic team of engineers guided by senior executives and supported by the latest software technology and by dedicated internal test facilities and rigs. We care both for innovation and optimization of the product in respect of performance but also reliability, maintainability, weight, cost and environment.

Lean Supply Chain

Since 2003 we have adopted the Japanese philosophy and methods of Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Supply Chain, Value Stream and Visual Management to keep our productions competitive in the global market in terms of Quality, Costs and Delivery.

Masaaki Imai in Secondo Mona

The Secondo Mona Continuous Improvement team with Mazaaki Imai

The Secondo Mona Continuous Improvement team with Mazaaki Imai

Claudia Mona with Mazaaki Imai and Carlo Ratto of Kaizen Institute Italy

Claudia Mona with Mazaaki Imai and Carlo Ratto of Kaizen Institute Italy

We have first been involved in this by international customers joining their important projects and then we implemented several internal projects in different areas of the company cascading down the knowledge and experience also towards our selected local supplier base. In 2011 we had a visit from Masaaki Imai, the founder and father of the Kaizen philosophy in the world.

Environment, health & safety

We are located in a beautiful country area just south of Lake Maggiore and within the Regional Park of Ticino River and, as such, environment, health and safety have always been an issue for us. Besides the compliance to the obligations arising from local and national legislation we have put in place, since 2007 and on a voluntary basis, an Environmental Management System that has been certified in accordance with the standard UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 and is regularly maintained.
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We care for the environment also with regard to product development and production processes: we handle chemicals in accordance with the REACH Regulation 1907/2006 both internally and within our supply chain. Approximately 10% of our energy requirement is produced in-house from renewable sources through solar pannels installed on the roof of our factory and attention is put on the reduction of energy wastes such as water and heat.
Health and safety is handled by a designated person in accordance to the national legislation and to the Health and Safety Management System standard UNI EN ISO 18001:2007.

Passion

The passion for flight and aerospace in general forms an integral part of our company. Everyone working here can breathe and live it. It can be perceived scrolling our history. Hence, we have kept through the time important evidences that are preserved in our historical archive and many of them can be seen by appointment by private people or small groups in our small factory museum. Other evidences of our productions are visible to the public in the principal Italian aerospace museums like Volandia - Park and Museum of Flight in Somma Lombardo - Milan Malpensa Airport, the Historical Museum of the Italian Air Force in Vigna di Valle - Bracciano Lake (Rome) and the Aeronautical Museum "Gianni Caproni" in Trento.