Our Company

Prando’s Family: Mechanics since 1947 

Our History

In 1947, Luigi Prando opened his small workshop, reparing bikes and motorbikes. This is the turbulent period after the war and the will to start out afresh and is firmly fixed in the heart and mind of Luigi who, in the 60s had already expanded his workshop, also dedicating himself to the repair of cars and agricultural machinery.

During that period, the business lead is handed over to Antonio, Luigi’s son.

In 1975, the Prando workshop moves to its current premises of Via Carlo Alberto della Chiesa in Aosta, and changes name to Operval.

The third Prando generation joins the company in 2005, with Andrea and Lorenzo who, particularly interested in electronics, take on the challenge of making remote controlled earth moving vehicles.

In 2016 Operval starts its internationalization process by introducing Tracked Dumper PL10 at Bauma, World’s leading construction machinery trade fair. PL10 would remain our flagship product at SaMoTer of Verona in 2017 and at Bauma 2016 and 2019 as well.

In 2019 Operval joined Unacea, Italian construction equipment association.

To the present day Operval has filed 3 innovative patents.

Operval’s constant bond with the territory and a qualified well trained team contributed towards the creation of versatile machinery with exceptional manoeuvrability, able to operate over all types of terrain, perfectly satisfying the requirements of those who work in the field of earth moving.

1947

Luigi Prando opens his small bycicle and motorbike repair workshop.

Luigi Prando with his wife Palma, their son and daughter Antonio and Maria, and some friends.

 

60's

The business lead is handed over to Antonio, Luigi’s son. The workshop starts to take care of cars and heavy machinery.

Lorenzo Prando in front of workshop’s family

 

1975

Officine Prando evolve into Operval. From this moment on, the main focus will be on the earthmoving sector.

Andrea Prando in front of Operval

 

 

2005

The third Prando generation joins the company in 2005, with Andrea and Lorenzo who, particularly interested in electronics, take on the challenge of making remote controlled earth moving vehicles

Antonio and Andrea Prando

 

 

2012

Operval starts to design the PL10 Radio controlled dumper, patenting it next year and introducing it to the international public at SaMoTer in 2017 and at Bauma in 2016 and 2019.

Team Operval

Team at Samoter 2017.

2016

Through international fairs, renewed image, brand communication anda new internationalization process Operval starts to improve its presence on the European market.

Bauma 2019

2020

Operval introduces a new model: ST25 wheeled dumper, designed to work in small tunnels and mineshafts. 


Antonio with his sons Andrea and Lorenzo, and the young Viviane.

2021

New patented product for Operval: hydraulic thumb KE60, the only one that doesn’t need to be welded on your excavator. Again, the aim to make life easier for machine operators is fully achieved.

tomorrow

Plenty of projects in progress.

“Operval means are reliable, solid and resistant. Maximum quality of materials and components always up to every expectetions”

Andrea Prando

Andrea Prando

Administrator, Head of design and sales

 

Lorenzo Prando

Lorenzo Prando

Warehouse manager

Vincenzo Lazzaro

Vincenzo Lazzaro

Workshop manager

Maria Luana Barmaz

Maria Luana Barmaz

Head of Communication, marketing and trade fair organization