Brembo was founded just a few kilometers outside Bergamo, Italy in 1961 by Emilio Bombassei, the father of the group's current president. While it began as a small mechanical workshop, the experience of its founder in the mechanical sector & metallurgy was soon put to good use for prestigious clients such as Alfa Romeo. 1964 was a historic year for Brembo when the company started production of the first Italian brake discs for the spare parts market. Soon afterward, production activities were broadened to include other braking system components, & the competence & specialization of the company & the quality of its products & services earned international recognition. This paved the way for Brembo to become a leader in the brake market.