Founded in 1947 by Luigi Prando, Operval began as a small workshop in Aosta, specialising in the repair of bicycles and motorbikes. Over the years, under the leadership of Antonio Prando and his wife Luciana, the company broadened its horizons to include the repair of cars and agricultural vehicles, and evolved into a leading name in the earthmoving sector.
In 1975, with the move to its current premises in Via Carlo Alberto della Chiesa in Aosta and the change of name to Operval, the company began to make its mark in the sector. The third generation, represented by Andrea and Lorenzo Prando, brought significant innovation, focusing on the development of radio-controlled earthmoving machinery, combining tradition and advanced technology.
2016 marked a historic moment for Operval with the unveiling of the first radio-controlled dumper, the PL10, at Bauma, the world's largest construction trade fair. This success was followed by the creation of other revolutionary machines such as the P14 radio-controlled dumper, the P08 radio-controlled mini dumper, and the ST25 Tunnel Dumper, specifically designed for tunnels and utility trenches. These products showcased Operval's commitment to creating innovative earthmoving solutions, with a particular focus on radio-controlled dumpers and mini dumpers.
With three registered patents and a strong emphasis on tailoring designs to meet specific customer needs, Operval has established itself as a leader in the construction equipment sector. Its participation in Unacea and Confindustria reflects its commitment to innovation and quality.
The company places great emphasis on young talent, collaborating with technical institutes and training institutions to facilitate job placement in the sector.
This approach, together with strong industry ties and the creation of a qualified and unifed team, has allowed Operval to develop machines such as wheelbarrows, dumpers and mini dumpers that stand out for their versatility, exceptional manoeuvrability and capacity to operate effectively on all types of terrain, meeting the real needs of those working in the earthmoving field.
In 1947 Luigi Prando opened a small bicycle and motorbike repair shop in Aosta. It was the post-war period and the desire to start again was certainly not lacking in Luigi's heart and head. By the 1960s he had already changed premises and expanded his services, and began repairing cars and agricultural vehicles. The business was then passed on to Luigi's son Antonio and his wife Luciana, and was ready to reach new heights.
The business was handed over to Luigi's son Antonio, and new services were added: car repair and agricultural vehicles.
Officine Prando evolves into Operval. From now on, the focus will be on the earthmoving sector.
The third Prando generation takes over with Andrea and Lorenzo, who, particularly interested in electronics, take on the challenge of making radio-controlled machinery.
In 2013, the first Operval radio-controlled dumper, the PL10, was produced, and Operval patented its design.
Operval participates in SaMoTer, Italy’s largest exhibition for construction machinery.
Design and production of the ST25 Tunnel Dumper, ideal for hydroelectric power station tunnels, utility trenches and mines.
Operval participates for the second time at the Bauma trade fair in Munich, the world's largest exhibition for construction machinery.
Design, production and patenting of the KE60® hydraulic gripper
Presentazione e realizzazione del nuovo dumper radiocomandato P14, l’evoluzione del PL10, che viene ufficialmente presentato nel 2022 alla fiera Bauma di Monaco di Baviera
Design and production of the new P08 radio-controlled mini dumper, Operval's baby.
Investing in internationalisation: moving towards a sales network in France, northern Spain and Greece