OVER 70 YEARS OF HISTORY!
It all starts at the end of the '30s, when Enzo Boiani at only thirteen began working as a turner for the 'Benelli', a prestigious motorcycles factory. Those years were very difficult economically and everything he earned was used as an aid to the maintenance of the family. But this didn't prevent him from cultivating besides the passion for mechanics also that for skating so much that he started every week to set aside 1 lira usually his mother gave him to go to the cinema and after more than a year of savings could buy his first pair of roller skates. From that day began to go skating with a group of friends for more than two hours every evening and began to take part in some races. Later he also founded a club of which he was president and coach for several years.
Boiani's incredible adventure in industrial design, however, did not start until immediately after the second world war. It was in 1946, in fact, when he built his first roller-skate. Mainly it was made by using fragments of fighter planes shooted down during the war. Very soon, his friends, among whom some champions of that time, also asked him to make them the skates. Since then, he starts, together his brothers (Walter, Bruno and Vittorio) manufacturing competition roller-skates extremely successfully. The fact that these champions took part in international races, meant that his products became known abroad, and soon athletes from all over the world wanted BOEN products, too.
Boiani was also the person who introduced some important technical innovations to roller-skates, which radically changed the skating industry. In 1950, he devised a 'press extractor' which considerably simplified mounting and dismounting bearings from wheels. In 1965, he had the idea of developing a 'quick release' mechanism for the wheels on traditional (quads) frames. This new system meant that athletes could assemble and disassemble the wheels so much more quickly, that during the race they were able to replace any wheels which had worn down (at that time they were made of wood) with new ones. Soon, all speed skate manufacturers of the time, began adopting the same system. In connection with the names of the greatest champions of their time, BOEN products became symbols of success and victory. At the beginning of the 90s, inline skates appeared at races for the first time.
BOEN started producing inline frames, as well. These were equipped, however, with a fast, new mounting system for the so called 'Rapidline'. This system based on single axle screws and flanged spacers resulted much lighter, simpler and safer than the system which had been used until then. Again, as with the traditional frames, this system was soon adopted by all skate manufacturers. The secrets of Boiani's success lay in a first-hand racing experience, constancy of purpose and his persistent dedication to technical perfectionism, joined to his great passion for everything linked with the world of skating.
In his work, Enzo has always the great advantage of being able to make decisions which have allowed him to modify any product from night to morning. For this reason remain artisan was for him a source of great pride because everything was controlled at every stage of work with the utmost care and still today BOEN maintains the same philosophy, to research and develop continuously new technical solutions to enable everyone to skate and to enjoy themselves as safely as possible and also for this reason we can be extremely proud of our more than seventy years of history!