Giovanni Arvedi was born in Cremona into a family with a long-dating tradition of processing and trading in metals.
In 1963 he started his entrepreneurial career by founding his first two companies, a trading one - Arvedi Commercio - and a manufacturing one – Ilta - using the most modern technologies for carbon steel welded tube manufacture, technologies which were extended in 1970 to the manufacture of stainless steel tubes, at the time a specialised production.
Growth continued in 1973 with the construction in Cremona of Acciaierie Tubificio Arvedi, a works equipped with the most advanced technology for steel and hot rolled tube production, and in the early 1980s with the acquisition from the Falck Group of Celestri, one of the largest marketing and service centres in Italy.
In 1983, on invitation by the Ministry for Industry, he collaborated in the drawing up of the National Plan for the Welded and Seamless Tube Industry.
In 1984 he was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro (an honorary title for services to industry) by the President of the Republic and in 1985 – 1987 re-launched numerous activities belonging to the former FIT Ferrotubi, among which Tubificio Lombardo in Corbetta and Arinox in Sestri Levante.
In 1989 he was appointed President of the Cremona Association of Industrialists, a position which he held for four years.
The turning point which determined a change of role came in 1992 with the start-up in Cremona of the revolutionary Acciaieria Arvedi project using innovative technology based on the original ideas developed by Giovanni Arvedi for the manufacture of hot rolled steel.
Since its first application Arvedi technology has been constantly refined and developed, assuming a guiding role in the steelmaking technology sector.
In 2004 Giovanni Arvedi was appointed Vice President of Federacciai, the Italian federation of steel manufacturers.
Over the years he has founded and developed various companies operating in the production, processing and rolling of steel products which now process more about 2 million tonnes of steel, employing 2000 people with an annual consolidated turnover of over 1400 million euros.
In recognition of these important results on 9th June 2006 the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore awarded him an honorary degree in business administration.
In July 2009 in Grantham (UK), the prestigious British institute IOM3 - The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining - awarded him the Bessemer Gold Medal in recognition of his merits as an inventor in the steelmaking field. Only one other Italian, Prof. Federico Giolitti in 1919, has received the same award.
Following constant research and development carried out on the basis of ISP technology, in 2010 the commissioning phase was terminated on the new ESP (Endless Strip Production) plant, the first in the world to achieve a continuous casting and rolling process.
ESP crowns Giovann Arvedi's intuition and vision which he has pursued for over 20 years to obtain a process bringing together compactness, quality and economy.
Mr Giovanni Arvedi in November 2012 on the occasion of the "International Steel Day" has been awarded, by The Stahlinstitut VDEh the German Association of Metallurgists that includes about 9,000 members, the "Carl Lueg Medal", the highest honor in German steel, in recognition of the important contribution, given with the ISP and ESP technology development in the industrial production of hot rolled coils; the only Italian to receive this award since its inception in 1904.
Both through the Fondazione Giovanni Arvedi e Luciana Buschini and the Arvedi Group, he is committed to supporting a wide range of social, sport and cultural initiatives, the most outstanding of which has been the creation of the Violin Museum and its subsequent donation to the town of Cremona. As a result of this commitment, in April 2013, by decree of the President of the Republic, he was awarded the diploma given to the meritorious for culture and art by the Minister for Cultural Heritage, Lorenzo Ornaghi.