With sadness, gasworld announces the passing of one of the industrial gas equipment industry’s forefathers, Massimiliano Spada, President of the VRV Group.

Spada passed away on 14th November (2015) and will be very missed by all those who had the opportunity to interact with him.

Tracing his origins from his school background at ‘I Martinitt’, a College in Milan for orphaned and poor families children, Spada passed through various minor jobs as an apprentice, then stepping up to administrative and consultancy functions in different companies – some of them in the chemical-pharmaceutical sector – and later as a VRV partner in a small laboratory set up in 1956 by three artisans, specialised in the repair of pharmaceutical equipment.

In the 1970s, Spada started his entrepreneurial activity, which knew no stops despite the global hard times of recent years – activity that continued through to the present day.


Thanks to his visionary spirit and challenging behaviour, Spada elevated VRV to its position as a truly multinational organisation known across the globe as a leader in the design and manufacture of pressure equipment for the cryogenic, petrochemicals, refining, energy and fertiliser industries.

His dynamism, long-term vision and instinctive sense of business enabled Spada to achieve all of the ambitious geographical goals he set in mind, including VRV’s latest acquisition of 100% of the corporate capital of Koch Heat Transfer Company S.r.l./IMB Industrie Meccaniche di Bagnolo, a strategic diversification project that enables the VRV Group to constantly grow in various markets, in particular in the energy and petrochemicals sector.

Now, his family states, the hard and challenging task is to follow in his remarkable example and look after ‘his creature’ going forward.