The first great monograph about API (Anonima Petroli Italiana), which began as a small fuel depot on the Marches coast and, today, is an energy group with a global dimension.
With its 40 companies, a 3-billion-euro turnover and 1,000 employees, API provides outside work for almost five thousand more in its satellite activities, and is the only 100% Italian private player left in the world’s refining industry. What began as young Ferdinando Peretti’s timeless dream has continued over the years, reinventing itself with Aldo Brachetti Peretti and today’s third generation, keeping the complex business of oil firmly within the family. In this volume, photographs from the API Archive are published for the first time: from the early days to the Falconara refinery, from the petrol stations all over the country to renewable resources. The volume engages the reader through journalist Giuseppe Matarazzo’s stories and unique preface. In fact, the story of a company like API is also the story of a country: from the ‘thirties to the economic boom, the first motorways, international agreements, corporate expansion, major investments in communications, and the global crisis, ending with today’s focus on different sources of energy.