At the end of the First World War, in 1919, Razeto brothers, GB and Giovanni, together with Carlo Casareto, decide to start a new business: supplying spare accessories for big ships, to Genoese ship chandlers. In a small room on a ground floor in the centre of the little Ligurian fishing village of Sori, they start manufacturing hinges, hatstands, hooks and locks.
In 1930, with the first sector of the present firm being built, F.ll Razeto & Casareto starts supplying shipbuilders directly: among its clients is Ansaldo, which is by then building the famous liner “Rex”.
Business is expanding, and the company soon gains foreign clients as well, (the first catalogue including all produced items is being published in the 30’s), and the production of light alloy items meant for warships steadily increases.
Following the Second World War, F.lli Razeto & Casareto workload, and consequent business volume, dramatically increases, due to reconstructing necessities of the Italian merchant and passengers’ fleets. Between 1955 and 1956 operational spaces are more than doubled, and the firm attains its present dimension.
The biggest Italian liners (Giulio Cesare, Cristoforo Colombo, Andrea Doria, Michelangelo, Raffaello) have their accessories for doors, cabins, hatches, and windows interely built and supplied by F.lli Razeto & Casareto.
The closing of the big liners era marks a tough time for the Company. But rescue for its business comes unexpected from a booming sector, bound to reach unprecedented volumes in the 60’ and 70’: the pleasure crafting. A new market easily conquered by F.lli Razeto & Casareto, that soon directs to it about 50% of the whole production. The rest is for the national and international shipbuilding business, that is in the meantime finding new development with the birth of the new cruise ships.
In 1984, the Company changes its structure, from limited-liability Company to joint-stock Company and starts building up a suppliers’ network for selling abroad. Nowadays, markets are spread over the five continents, and foreign sales account for 50% of the whole business.