The entrepreneur from Bologna, Italy is the national winner of the 10th Italian edition of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which is given to business leaders who have distinguished themselves for their talent, initiative, commitment and contribution to the socio-economic growth of their country. The national winner is chosen by the jury for the best strategic use of the opportunities and levers offered by the economy on a national and global level.


Tunioli was chosen as the best example of entrepreneurial excellence for the following reason: With the acquisition in 2005 of one of the main USA competitors, that represents the pinnacle of a series of acquisitions, the company doubles its sales turnover making it a colossus in the automated data capture sector, third worldwide and European leader.


The ceremony, which took place in Milan, was opened by the round table of Italian Entrepreneurs: 10 years, an award and several success factors, saw Roberto Tunioli on the podium as the National Winner 2006.


Tunioli will now represent Italy at the World Entrepreneur of the  Year 2007, the award organised by Ernst & Young on an international level, where he will be confronted with the best entrepreneurs from 40 other participating countries, competing for the recognition best of the best as the best entrepreneur in the world.


This recognition is of immense symbolical value because it seals not only my personal success but also that collective commitment of a company that is made up of many people who have enabled, with their absolute commitment, the construction of a company model which I hope can represent today an example for several enterprises in our company, remarked Roberto Tunioli. I would like to add, certain of not appearing vainly rhetorical, my emotion in knowing that I will soon be called to represent Italy and many of my colleague-entrepreneurs at the next international edition of this event, and hope to be able to return with a recognition which is not only mine and of Datalogic but of all those who daily strive for the growth of their companies and our economy.


Roberto Tunioli is already by right a member of the Entrepreneur of the Year  Association which has amongst its goals the advancement of research in the sciences of economics, welfare, justice and business and contributes with his experience in the face of more present-day subjects.


About Datalogic 

Datalogic is the largest European manufacturer of CCD and laser-based bar code readers and mobile computers. The vast range of Datalogic products includes both manual readers and fixed industrial scanners that can satisfy any application need, particularly in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and distribution and retail industries. With their advanced technology, intelligent design, and solid reliability, Datalogic products have been setting the industry standard for over 30 years. Datalogic is present in the promising RFID market via its subsidiary EMS Inc. (Scotts Valley California) with a leading position in the automotive sector, electronic manufacturers and warehouse management systems (WMS). In addition, with the recent acquisition of Laservall, the Group has entered the laser marking sector, that features extensive applications and outstanding growth prospects.


Datalogic is quoted on the Milan Stock Exchange, and in 2005 produced revenues of Euro 205.9 million, of which over 80% is made abroad. It employs around 1800 staff world-wide and has its headquarters close to Bologna, Italy. Through its direct subsidiaries and Partner network, Datalogic is able to serve its customers world-wide guaranteeing the highest level of support.