On September 24th, 2016, our subsidiary RAVAJ celebrated its 50th anniversary. RAVAJ is a family-run company created on August 9th, 1966 by the will of three brothers (two toolmakers and one draughtsman) who wanted to challenge themselves by creating their own mechanics company. RAVAJ represents the first letter of each founder’s name and their parents’: Ricardo, Antoinette, Valter, Alfredo and James.
The production started on October 13th, 1967. It was at that time that one of the three brothers, James, started working full time for the company. The two other brothers, Ricardo and Valter, joined the company a few years later, once the success permitted it.
At first, things were pretty rudimentary, and the premises (located rue de la commanderie in Amboise) were built by the founders themselves. The first building was 12 x 6 meters big. As the company grew, the building also had to be extended until it reached 450m2. In 1985, it had to be delocalized in the industrial zone to continue the development.
Today, RAVAJ is part of the Reorev group alongside SDEI Ouest and SEF Touraine. We keep on maintaining the entrepreneurial and innovation spirit which animated our elders, and managed to create many job opportunities along the years. Our current collaborators have been carrying on this improvement philosophy up until today and will continue to carry it on for many years.