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Romano Volta (born 15 February 1937) is an Italian businessman, Executive Chairman and founder of Datalogic, an Italian company manufacturing barcode readers, mobile computers, radio-frequency identification, sensors for detection, measurement and safety, vision and laser marking systems.

Romano Volta
Born (1937-02-15) 15 February 1937 (age 82)
EducationElectronic Engineering
Alma materUniversity of Bologna
OccupationExecutive Chairman, Datalogic S.p.A.
Spouse(s)Lucia Fantini
RelativesValentina Volta (daughter)
AwardsCavaliere del Lavoro, 1997


Early lifeEdit

Born in Bologna, Romano Volta graduated in Electronic Engineering with 100/100 cum laude at the University of Bologna.[1]

In the early 70s, after a period as a professor at the technical Institute Aldini Valeriani, Eng. Volta was junior assistant to professor Giuseppe Evangelisti at the University of Bologna, at the heart of what is known as the "Packaging Valley" where most Italian companies producing packaging machines are based.[2] Professor Evangelisti was asked by some entrepreneurs to develop electronic optical devices in order to automate specific verification processes such as the centering of brands on packaging, the positioning of print, or the presence of a tablet in a blister pack.

Romano Volta was put in charge of this task[3] and began to develop a new device called "color mark reader", to detect slight differences in contrast on packaging material, which is still installed today in all packaging machines.

His ability to combine optics with electronic, providing check processing and verification equipment electronically integrated into the machine in a unique solution, quickly made Romano Volta well known in the sector.[4] His then founded "Datalogic Optic Electronics".

Some years later, with the introduction of the bar codes system, Romano Volta began the development of the special optical devices that became known as bar code readers, beginning the journey into Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation.

Datalogic Optic ElectronicsEdit

Having started the development of bar code readers, Romano Volta left the position at the University of Bologna, to focus on his business initiative. He transferred from a small laboratory to a proper factory, based in Lippo di Calderara, near Bologna airport.[5] In 1972, Datalogic was officially founded.

In 1974 at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio, a pack of Wrigley's chewing gum was the first retail product sold using the world's first counter-top scanner, the Magellan Model-A (now exposed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.) by PSC, a company later acquired by Datalogic.[6]

In the 80's Datalogic imposed itself as one of the major European companies for industrial applications, manufacturing the first industrial scanner in 1978.[4] Eng. Volta's Datalogic also pioneered the designing of baggage handling systems for airports - installing the first scanner at Milan's Linate Airport in 1984.[7][8]

Today Datalogic is an international company,[9][10] quoted on the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange as DAL.MI. since 2001.[11][12][13][14]

Other venturesEdit

He is President of Aczon Srl, a company founded in 2001 operating in the field of pharmaceutical research, biotechnology and oncology, and Chairman of Hydra S.p.A, an industrial holding company owned by the Volta family and majority shareholder of Datalogic S.p.A, with interests in the real estate and financial fields.[1][15]

From September 1998 to October 2004 he served as President of the Associazione Industriali (Industrial Association) of Bologna, and he's been a member of the Board of Directors of San Paolo IMI Fondi Chiusi SGR S.p.A.

From 1 June 2018 he is President of the Confindustria Emilia "Electronics and Mechatronics" supply chain for the four-year period 2018-2022.[17]

He was president of the Fortitudo Basket team in the 1998-99 season.

Awards and acknowledgementsEdit

On 29 May 1997 he was awarded the title of "Cavaliere del Lavoro"[18] by the President of the Italian Republic.

According to Harvard Business Review, in 2016 Romano Volta was at the 48th place in the list of the most performing Italian CEOs.[19][20]

Personal lifeEdit

Romano Volta is married, with three children. He is passionate about boating and skiing.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "CV Romano Volta" (PDF). Fondazione Zeri.
  2. ^ "The Packaging Valley". The Packaging Valley. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Intervista a Romano Volta "Fare un'impresa, creare qualcosa che non c'è"". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Datalogic Founder/CEO Talks About Past 40 Years" (PDF). SCAN: The DATA CAPTURE Report. 12 April 2013.
  5. ^ Meregalli, Severino; Salviotti, Gianluca (5 December 2011). EGEA spa (ed.). Sistemi ERP e gestione della complessità: Casi di aziende italiane in crescita (in Italian). ISBN 9788823811973. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ "The History of Barcodes". Barcoding, Inc. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  7. ^ "I primi 40 anni del codice a barre portano la firma Datalogic". Il Sole 24 ORE (in Italian). Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  8. ^ ""Identificati" dal codice a barre: primi nel mondo - Corriere della Sera". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  9. ^ "DATALOGIC". (in Italian). Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  10. ^ Online, Redazione Data Manager (11 September 2017). "Datalogic, 45 anni di innovazione". Data Manager Online (in Italian). Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Azioni Datalogic - Quotazioni DAL e Titoli borsa | Il Sole 24 Ore". Il Sole 24 ORE.
  12. ^ "I gemelli siamesi dell'Emilia Romagna". Il Sole 24 ORE (in Italian). Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Datalogic, parla italiano un codice a barre su tre". Agi (in Italian). Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Il codice a barre si fa a Nordest - il mattino di Padova". Archivio - il mattino di Padova (in Italian). Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  15. ^ "L' imperatore del codice a barre - la". Archivio - la (in Italian). Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Board of Directors – Marconi Society".
  17. ^ "Curriculum Romano Volta". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Ordine dei Cavalieri del Lavoro | Romano Volta".
  19. ^ "Marchionne, Vacchi, De' Longhi su podio 50 migliori ceo in Italia". Tiscali Notizie (in Italian). Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  20. ^ "I CEO più performanti del mondo nel 2016". Retrieved 26 February 2019.