Chemistry bids farewell to Roberto Sestini, pioneer of medical and industrial gases and president of Siad

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By Roberto Sestini, those who knew him will remember the exceptionally brilliant mind of the man of science who managed to translate his knowledge into an entrepreneurial adventure, the Siad group, which exceeded one billion euros in turnover and where today over 2,200 people work. An adventure born in 1927 at the behest of Quirino and Bernardo Sestini, Roberto’s grandfather and father respectively, with the idea of ​​making something big, ever bigger, as shown by the size of the land purchased many decades ago and where the site in Bergamo, in Osio Sopra, which over the years has become a point of reference for the gases of life, but also in the engineering of the sector, at an international level. Right here, one of the most cutting-edge robotic research centers on the gases of life was recently inaugurated, with specialization in the agri-food, medical and environmental fields. From Bergamo, Roberto Sestini took over the reins of the Siad group in the 1970s, upon the death of his father, and led the international expansion especially in Eastern Europe.

His humanity shone through above all in his filial love (one of his sons, Bernardo, has led the group as CEO since 2005, as well as being vice president of Federchimica with responsibility for institutional relations) and in his bond with his collaborators. But also in the desire to look at the needs of the territory (and beyond) with intense philanthropic activity. He was a man of teaching, very active in cultivating new generations of chemists and supporting educational and scientific institutions. But he is also a man of sport, with a great passion for the sea, where he distinguished himself as a powerboat champion and sailor.

The funeral of Roberto Sestini who leaves behind his wife Giovanna and, in addition to Bernardo, his daughters Roberta and Cristina and four grandchildren, will be held in Bergamo on Monday 8 January at 2.30 pm at the church of S. Alessandro in Colonna.

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