1965: Santini Maglificio Sportivo is established (Lallio, BG) Pietro Santini takes over the little knitwear factory of his sisters Maria and Nataliana and creates Santini Maglificio.1965 - 1968 : Santini Maglificio Sportivo is an artisan factory that produces sports knitwear for third parties.
1968 : Santini Maglificio Sportivo become a producer of cyclingwear with the Santini brand. The deep passion for cycling of Pietro Santini guides him to specialize in the production in bike gear. This was a revolutionary approach at the time.
1969/70: Beginning of the internationalization process of the Santini Maglificio Sportivo. In the 70’s, thanks to the great support of his collaborators, Pietro starts spreading the Santini name and the company starts becoming well known around the world. This is further enhanced by attending international exhibitions and for supplying clothing to the big professional teams of the day. (Peugeaut 1977-1985, La Vie Claire 1984-1988).
1976: Introduction of the Lycra® fabric in the production of cycling bib-shorts. Historically, until this moment, the bib-shorts were produced with black coloured wool and equipped with leather paddings. Santini promote this change and begin the production of the Lycra® bib-shorts with antibacterial synthetic fabric chamois.
1977: Introduction of “silk” jerseys to improve aerodynamics. The new fabric was in reality made of Polyamide, but the typical brightness of this fibre made it look like silk.
1979: Colour! Santini begin the production of bib-shorts with coloured Lycra
1982: Introduction of the windproof Nylon® fabric as a covering for the wool jerseys to offer protection from the wind.
2 Giugno 1983: Pietro Santini is appointed as “Cavaliere della Repubblica” from the Italian President Pertini for his dedication and contribution to the sport.
1984: Introduction of a new way of sponsoring. Birth of the first sublimatic printing process.
1985: Establishment of Santini France, distribution company for Santini in France.
1987: Santini receive the esteemed Equipe Award (Sport Fashion Oscar) from the respected French newspaper L’Equipe in the Cycle Show in Paris
1988: Santini introduce the Windstopper® technology (from Gore) into cyclingwear. This technology, thanks to a light membrane, grants total wind protection and high breathability. Introduction of computerized electronic cutting.
1989: The Russian Federation award Santini a special prize as a thanks for their ten year co-operation.
1991: Establishment of Santini Sportbekleidungvertrieb, distribution company for Santini in Germany.
1993: Santini begin it’s longlasting co-operation with the Giro d’Italia.
1994: Santini become the official sponsor and supplier to the UCI for all their cycling gear. The contract is extended till 2012.
1999: Introduction of digital printing.
The new Millennium1999/2000: The Beginning of the long collaboration between the Australian National team and Santini. Santini develop a special speedsuit on the based on the feedback from the National team’s athletes. The speedsuit is tested in the wind tunnel and obtains great results. It is the beginning of a decade of victories for the Aussies :
2003 – 2004 – 2005: Michael Rogers wins the World Time Trial Road Championships for three years wearing the Santini speedsuit.
2004: At the Olympic games in Athens the Australian quartet (Graeme Brown, Brett Lancaster, Brad McGee and Luke Roberts) win the Team Pursuit.
2009: At the World Championships in Mendrisio, Jack Bobridge wins the Time Trial wearing the Santini speedsuit and Cadel Evans gives an amazing performance winning the Road race.
2000: Santini license the revolutionary bibshorts with a chamois applied externally without the use of stitches (Gel Extech)
2003: Launch of the first innovative chamois with the new Santini silicon gel (Twist Gel).
2004: Santini introduce the Carbon® technology. The Carbon® fabrics contain a small percentage of Carbon that makes them lighter, antibacterial, anti-odour and UV resistant and helps control the body temperature in a more efficient way, leading to an improvement in the athlete’s performance. Santini launch the revolutionary bibshorts with the application of the gel padding through a heat welding process (Gel Fluid).
2008: Santini introduce the Epic® nanotechnology. Epic® allows the fabric to be at the same time waterproof, windproof and breathable without the use of any membrane.
2009: Establishment of Santini Benelux, distribution company for Santini in Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg.