Proton Technology is growing in Italy

Proton Technology is continuing to expand internationally. With its new partner MaterialScan, customers in Italy now have access to Proton Technology’s strong offering in corrosion testing and surface analysis.

Employees from Proton Technology and the new Italian representative MaterialScan, outside the University of Trieste. MaterialScan is a spin-off, founded by researchers from the University of Trieste. From left to right, Alessio Ferluga, CEO of MaterialScan; Joakim Ekström, Technical Sales Manager; Stefan Gustafsson-Ledell, CEO of Proton Technology; Luca Cozzarini and Lucia Marsich from MaterialScan.

Expanding internationally is part of Proton Technology’s growth strategy. This growth will be achieved by establishing new business relationships both in testing and sales,” explains Joakim Ekström, Technical Sales Manager at Proton Technology.

“Our goal is to offer our customers a seamless and worry-free complete solution that allows us to meet our customers’ specific needs for testing and analysis. To do this, we also need to supply equipment, services and training that we do not have in-house. That’s why we already have successful collaborations in place with other laboratories in Europe, including in Czechia and Germany. As a customer, you only need to make one call, to us, and we sort out the whole thing by working with our international partners,” explains Joakim.

Nordic know-how is sought after

By establishing sales partnerships, we also intend to broaden the clientele and give more European customers access to the unique expertise in corrosion testing available in the Nordic countries.

“The fact that we do testing for the automotive industry allows us to help our customers verify their product against the specified matrix. We keep track of the Nordic standard and have the know-how, capacity and equipment to perform advanced cyclical tests. Customers such as Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Ford have given us extensive experience that is attractive in the international market.

With the help of MaterialScan, Italian manufacturing companies now have the opportunity to benefit from Proton Technology’s expertise.

“Italy is an exciting and large market – there are many industries, construction, aluminium, boatyards and so on that can really benefit from our services. MaterialScan will serve as our representative and we can see that their expertise and contacts in materials and development are invaluable!”

4 quick questions with Alessio Ferluga, founder and CEO of MaterialScan


Tell us more about MaterialScan!

MaterialScan was started in 2015. The company is a spin-off from the University of Trieste, and those of us who started the company are a team of materials engineers that specialised in industrial research with a focus on new materials and product development. I myself have 10 years’ experience of project management in research and development, both in academia and at private companies.


If you were to describe Proton Technology in one word, what would it be?

Quality. That word covers several different aspects of Proton Technology’s professionalism: cutting-edge expertise in corrosion and surface analysis; qualified customer service; and amazing accuracy of detail combined with short lead times and high levels of service.


Why is the partnership with Proton Technology important to you?

MaterialScan is a young company working with innovative services. We’ve built up our reputation by collaborating with big companies. But building trust with small and medium-sized Italian companies is a different kind of challenge, and this is where our partnership with Proton Technology will enable rapid growth.


What do you think the best thing about Sweden is?

That you have such a good balance between your working life and free time. We Italians live in what I’d call an overconnected society, and it’s possible that we’ve fallen for a myth, but for us Sweden has found an effective model for how to achieve quality of life. You have a broad-minded way of dealing with social and environmental challenges affecting economic, energy and human resources.