One Family
Six Generations

Sharing the same mission and values: excellence in innovation and quality with a focus on tradition and craftsmanship.


Mazzucchelli, one family, 6 generations sharing the same mission and values: excellence in innovation and quality with a focus on tradition and craftsmanship. The cultural roots of Mazzucchelli stand in the company determination to always be a pioneer, in the vocation to research, technical and aesthetical innovation and in the experience and ability to collaborate with some of the best companies in the world.

The tiny factory, established in 1849, manufacturing combs and buttons made from animal horn, bone and tortoiseshell, became an international company with a highly sophisticated know-how, enabling Mazzucchelli 1849 to excel in the production of semi finished plastic materials with highly technical and aesthetical qualities. 

Over three centuries entrepreneurial spirit, intuition, and vision have enabled Mazzucchelli 1849 to take a global view of the countless new challenges of the market and to converse with the fashion world which demands a particular sensibility to aesthetical and innovative features. In addition to Celluloid and Cellulose Acetate sheets, Mazzucchelli 1849 production has expanded over  the time to include PVC films for credit cards and pharmaceutical use, compounds of styrene granules for automotive and household appliances, as well as the production of finished articles such as skis, ophthalmic lenses and costume jewelry objects. Currently Mazzucchelli 1849 is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of Cellulose Acetate, a plastic material, traditionally used for the production of spectacles and sunglass frames.

Thanks to its technologies, nowadays Mazzucchelli 1849 processes different polymeric materials, such as:

  • Cellulosics (Cellulose Acetate and Cellulose Propionate)
  • Polyvinylchloride (PVC)
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)
Franco Mazzucchelli 1954
Franco Mazzucchelli, 1954

Mazzucchelli 1849 products are aimed at markets ranging from spectacles, sunglasses and fashion accessories, to interior decoration and design objects, where the quality and aesthetical values are greatly appreciated. The products with technical qualities are valued by safety, sports and automotive industries. Mainly concentrated on markets requiring particular skills and focused on strategies based on changeless product and process innovation, Mazzucchelli 1849 has strong values based on:

  • product innovation
  • direct contact with the customer
  • strength of the brand

Constant innovation has led to improvements in the manufacturing process, promoting the handcrafted work of highly skilled workers and turning Mazzucchelli 1849 into a prestigious representative of Made in Italy and a key leader for the whole optical market. 

Mazzucchelli is one of those industries which exist for centuries, yet remain amazingly up-to-date. Each generation, at given time, follows its calling which is the search for the latest product, the most advanced technology, the markets of tomorrow. Its strength lies in tradition, but a tradition of a very special kind: the tradition of modernity.

— Francesco Alberoni 


Mazzucchelli 1849, an Italian Company based in Castiglione Olona, is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of sheets made of Cellulose Acetate, polymer of natural origin, traditionally used in the production of optical and sunglass frames. 

Mazzucchelli 1849 productions are structured in Business Units: 

  1. Cellulose Acetate sheets
  2. Optical quality sheets
  3. Cellulose Acetate granules
  4. Decorative films

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