Casale Monferrato Headquarters (Alessandria), The cure begins at home

In the face of the COVID-19 emergency, the Fondazione Buzzi Unicem (Buzzi Unicem Foundation) had agreed to fund a pilot, home-based monitoring study in the Casale Monferrato and Turin areas, coordinated by the Istituto Mario Negri (Mario Negri Institute).
The choice of the project is a reflection of the spirit of the Foundation and the Buzzi family to provide a quality, scientifically validated service to help the Piedmont region respond to the ongoing health emergency. 
Patients with COVID-19 symptoms were eligible for the study if their general practitioner, attending physician or the 118 center (emergency health center) had elected not to send them directly to the Emergency Room. These patients were all able to be monitored at home by a team of specifically trained and fully equipped physiotherapists, who checked their respiratory function with an oximeter and subjected them to a “walk test” on a daily basis, and conferred with their doctors if and when they should be hospitalized. 
Under the supervision of Dr. Guido Bertolini, The Crisis Unit at the Mario Negri Institute gathered and processed the data and coordinated the logistics of the entire project. 
The Buzzi Unicem Foundation provided full funding for the initiative. The project was successful with a large number of monitored cases. 


Monselice Plant (Padova), Vicarage of Este with the “Teatrando” project presents "Students and school on the stage"

We are continuing our collaboration with the Vicarage of Este and the “Teatrando” project, which aims to develop the talents of young students in the area, by screening a short film produced by them at the Monselice plant. 
The quality of the work and the rare ability of the young performers to engage the audience in the grammar of audiovisual language in the post-show discussion sparked enthusiastic praise from the audience of students.  
As a result of this enthusiastic reaction, “Teatrando” decided to offer a showing of the short film to several other schools in Monselice.  
In this cultural event, the young students starred in the dual roles of spectator and actor, in accordance with the long-held modus operandi of the “Teatrando” project, aimed at triggering a healthy system of emulation and a process of identification. 
After the screening, the students were able to visit the plant as part of our philosophy of openness towards our communities and the local school catchment area. 


Monselice Plant (Padova), ARTIBUS and its SCULPTURE WORKSHOP

The “Augustana Contrada di Marendole” (a local association) engaged the Monselice plant in an important project known as “Artibus”, which was initiated with the goal of reinstating and developing the manual skills associated with the ancient trades and professions of the region to provide new future job prospects for young people by establishing workshops to teach goldsmithing, shoemaking, sailmaking, sculpture and making musical instruments.

Designated as the most suitable location for the Sculpture Workshop, the plant set aside an area equipped with compressed air, electricity, boulders from our Alonte quarry and all the necessary PSDs for the students and master sculptors.

The works created were exhibited in the townhall gardens on Friday, 16 October, to coincide with the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Monselice.

It was an opportunity to beautify the historic center as part of a regional marketing campaign to showcase the artisan businesses and display the work that had been meticulously crafted by the students.

Monselice Plant (Padova), Alidarte cultural association and art exhibition at the plant

Buzzi Unicem entered an important partnership with the Alidarte art and cultural association in mid-December, setting up a calendar full of theater and art events to be held over the next three years.

The scheduled events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but while waiting for the situation to improve the Alidarte association of Este has kindly allowed us to exhibit a work entitled “Dream Landscape” at the plant. The mixed technique work was created using upcycled textured paint, acrylics and enamels.

Augusta Plant (Siracusa), Collaboration with the Società Augustana di Storia Patria (National History Society of Augusta)

The partnership initiated between Buzzi Unicem and the Società Augustana di Storia Patria is now official and underway.
Through this agreement, Buzzi Unicem will support cultural and social initiatives in favor of its local communities and will valorize the context in which the company operates, given the plant’s proximity to Megara Iblea, one of the most beautiful archeological sites in the area. 

Barletta Plant (Barletta), Buzzi Unicem supports international music competitions

30th Young Musician International Competition “City of Barletta” 
23rd International Piano Competition "Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize, 2020 Edition” online

Buzzi Unicem, the non-profit Megamark Foundation, the city of Barletta, the region of Puglia and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, are giving many talented youngsters the opportunity to realize their own dreams. 
As it has done so in the past, Buzzi Unicem’s active participation in these international competitions is a recognition of the contribution of arts to cultural development. Our desire to continue supporting these events creates a true bond between the worlds of art and business that will continue to grow and be a benchmark for the city of Barletta by investing in the younger generations. 


Guidonia Plant (Roma) - Buzzi Unicem and ASD MC Bike Training work together for cycling

The Bike Park was created in September 2020 thanks to support from Buzzi Unicem, which agreed to a request from the cycling school to use a plot of land, belonging to the plant, for their sports activities, specifically cyclo-cross, cyclo-cross speed and endurance races and timed downhill races.

Buzzi Unicem has always supported local initiatives and our partnership with MC Bike Training reinforces the values of personal growth, particularly among young people who seek entertainment, friendship and individual growth through sport.

“We are delighted with this project, which further strengthens the relationship between our company and the community. Creating a bike park where children can play their sports outdoors is a very positive outcome, and the result of the synergy between Buzzi Unicem and the associations that believe in sport and young people”, stated Dorino Cornaviera, Guidonia Plant Director.

The park is located near the Formelluccia quarry on land loaned to the cycling school, and whose terrain is ideal for the jumps and tracks required by the athletes on two wheels.  

Recognized by the Italian Cycling Federation, MC Bike Training is a long-established organization in the area and plays a social role in introducing children to sport, particularly cycling, cyclo-cross and baby-cross.

Vernasca Plant (Piacenza), Twinning between Buzzi Unicem Bike Team Robilante and Lugagnano Off Road

For many years, both associations have been working in their respective regions to introduce and train children in the discipline of off-road biking, with support also from FCI certified coaches who handle the young cyclists starting from their very first bike ride as a fun exercise through to the technical/athletic preparation required to participate in races.
At Lugagnano, which endorsed the twinning, the athletes were able to cycle along an itinerary that wound through the hills and surrounding area with picturesque views, steep climbs and technical trails. The Lugagnano Off Road association’s Bike Park also hosted rides full of obstacles and challenging courses. 
The day ended with a visit to the cement plant, where the Director highlighted how sport – cycling in our case – can help promote the sharing of positive experiences and personal development of all of us.