Our condolences to the death of Aris Ballestrazzi

Dear Family Ballestrazzi,
Dear Sitma family,

On behalf of ERA, I would like to express our condolences to the death of your founder and President Aris Ballestrazzi. ERA and the gravure industry will remember Aris Ballestrazzi as a great entrepreneur and loyal supporter of gravure. I am very moved, and I feel very sad about the death of Aris. I met him for the last time almost three years ago, when I was travelling from Assisi to Belluno. I made a brief stop in Spilamberto and we had lunch together, chatting about our industry, politics and history as we did always when I visited him and Sitma. I will miss him.

With sincere condolences,

James Siever
ERA Secretary General

Below Sitma´s orbituary:


On the 19th of March in Italy, we celebrate Father’s Day in honor of St. Joseph, the symbol of dedication and humility.

Yesterday was the 19th of March 2020, and by some tragic coincidence, we lost our ‘father and founder’ Aris Ballestrazzi.

Here in Italy, as throughout the rest of the globe, we are fighting this silent and deadly virus – COVID-19 – and it has brought yet another painful loss.

There are no words to describe the anguish and pain for such a heavy loss; no hugs for the family, and no hand shaking between friends and colleagues.

During this Corona virus period, there are emotions and words, running fast among the digital channels that allow us to stay in touch and close, despite being distant.

Aris founded Sitma in 1965 and has never left its side. He guided it to such an illustrious notoriety, held her hand in moments of crisis,  with the determination and awareness that sets him apart as a father.

We should remember Aris for his immense strength and his profound integrity, after all, his word was his honour, and these are the values that distinguish Sitma. Aris was an honest man. Aris was a good man.

Yesterday, on the 19th of March 2020, we said goodbye to Aris Ballestrazzi. An illuminated entrepreneur and a symbol of humility, who dedicated his life to his great family, Sitma.

Aris taught every single one of us something, and the only way we can all thank and honour such an extraordinary person is by committing ourselves even more to the family he created at Sitma, helping it shine and prosper in the years to come, all whilst following in the giant footsteps he created over the last 55 years.