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Giulio Vitali

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Giulio Vitali (c1872-1924)

1924 Obituary [1]

Comm. Ing. GIULIO VITALI died at his residence in Turin on April 4, 1924, at the age of fifty-two, having been born at Bologna in 1873.

As a young man he spent some years studying the practical metallurgy of iron and steel at works in France, Belgium, and Germany, and on his return to Italy he joined the staff of the Ligure Metallurgico at Sestri, and was shortly after made general manager of the works. He occupied subsequently similar positions at Savona and at Piombino.

In 1910 he surrendered his position as deputy chairman of the Piombino Company and established himself in private consultative practice, but in 1912, at the urgent solicitation of Comm. Gatta, the managing director of the Piemontesi Company, he joined the board and took over the management of the Turin Works of the Company.

In 1917, when these works were absorbed by the F.I.A.T. Company, Mr. Vitali became general manager of the entire iron and steel plant of that undertaking. He was thus identified in a striking manner with the iron and steel industry of his native country all his life, and much of the progress and great development of the important modern plant of the F.I.A.T. Company at Turin was due to his foresight and to his great administrative and organising powers.

Although suffering at the time from a malady which had already severely sapped his powers, he threw himself with enthusiasm into the task of organising the arrangements made to receive and entertain the members of the Iron and Steel Institute who visited Italy at the autumn meeting of 1923, and was present on the occasion of their visit to the F.I.A.T. metallurgical plant in Turin, and contributed by his personal influence and interest in no small measure to the success with which the visit to Turin was attended.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1907.

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