Records of FATA European Group SpA, 1978-, materials and storage and retrieval systems manufacturers, Turin, Italy

Scope and Content

  • Board minutes 1976-1979;
  • Management committee minutes 1984-1985;
  • Contract orders 1950s-1970s;
  • Catalogues 1970s;
  • Company profiles 1970s;
  • Biographical notes on directors and subsidiary companies 1930s;
  • Marketing and sales records 1970s;
  • General financial papers 1982;
  • General marketing papers 1973-1987;
  • Reorganisation papers 1985.

Administrative / Biographical History

Fabrica Apparecchi de Sollevamento & Transporto ed Affini SpA ( FATA SpA ) was established in Turin, Italy , in 1936  , specialising in the manufacture of materials and storage and retrieval systems for the transport industry. By 1978  , Babcock & Wilcox Ltd , boilermakers, Glasgow, Scotland, had acquired the company along with a number of other FATA subsidiaries in France, Spain, Britain and Italy. FATA European Group SpA was established by Babcock & Wilcox Ltd as a management company in 1978  with head offices based in Turin, Italy, to control these subsidiaries and provide administrative, management, technical and commercial support and production co-ordination. The Group was divided into 4 sections: sales, production co-ordination, personnel and engineering.

The board of directors consisted of the directors of each of the subsidiary companies. In 1978, the FATA companies were FATA Torino SPA , Turin; FATA Sud SpA , Caserta, Italy; FATA SA , Paris, France; FATA SA , Barcelona, Spain; FATA Ltd , Milton Keynes, England; Nuova Aguido , Spain, and Aguido Basil , Spain. These companies provided machinery and robotic systems for car plants such as Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Citroen and between 1978 and 1984 built 22 monorail systems within Europe and the USSR.

By 1984  , the company had restructured into two distinct sections. The Automation section produced automated machinery for factories, foundries, plant engineering and construction. The Non-automation section produced aluminium casting, rolling and conversion plant, packaging plant and food processing systems, most of which were produced by the subsidiary FATA-New Hunter Engineering SpA , Italy.

By 1985  , FATA European Group SpA was co-ordinating the groups commercial, technical and research activities. It took the lead in designing developing and engineering of all FATA product lines and provided technical assistance to other companies in the group. In 1985 the operating companies within the group were FATA Sud SpA , Italy; FATA Industrie SA , France; FATA SA , Spain; Babcock FATA Ltd , UK; Deutsche FATA GmbH , West Germany; FATAluminium SpA , Italy; FATA-New Hunter Engineering SpA , Italy; Froude Consine Ltd , UK; and Froude Engineering Inc , USA.

In 1979  , Babcock & Wilcox Ltd, the parent company of FATA European Group SpA, became Babcock International Ltd and then Babcock International plc in 1982  . In 1987  , Babcock International plc merged with FKI Electricals plc, engineering company, London, to form FKI Babcock plc . In 1989  , FKI Babcock plc demerged to form FKI plc and Babcock International Group plc and FATA European Group SpA was retained by Babcock International Group plc. It appears that at some point prior to 1991, Babcock International Group plc sold-off FATA European Group SpA and in 2002 it continued to trade in Italy.


The material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content note. Within series, items are generally arranged chronologically.

Access Information

No access without the permission of the collection owners. Access request form available from Glasgow University Archive Services.

Acquisition Information

Permanent loan : FKI Babcock plc/Babcock International Group plc : 1988

Other Finding Aids

Digital and manual file level lists of the surviving records of all Babcock International Group plc and Mitsui Babcock Energy Ltd companies and their subsidiaries are available in the searchroom ref: UGD 309

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)) and London (NRA33916)

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by FKI Babcock plc and its predecessor companies


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Related Material

The records of Babcock International Group plc and Mitsui Babcock Energy Ltd and their predecessor, subsidiary, and associated companies of are held by Glasgow University Archive Services starting with call reference GB 248 UGD 309.

Surviving records of FATA European Group SpA subsidiaries include:

GB 248 UGD 309/88 Records of FATA Ltd, UK

GB 248 UGD 309/90 Records of Froude Consine Ltd

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