Maurizio Cimbali of La Cimbali espresso machines has been awarded the Order of Merit for Labour. The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, presented Cimbali with the award on 1 June for his contributions to Italy's coffee machine manufacturing industry. Each year on this date, new Cavalieri del Lavoro are awarded from a shortlist of 40 candidates. This year there were 25 recipients. The Cavalieri del Lavoro are business men and women decorated with the Order of Merit for Labour. The title is recognition for results obtained in the world of business, the creation of development and jobs, and for the commitment to ethical and social responsibility aimed at improving living and working conditions in Italy. Many notable people from the Italian economy and pioneers of early technical and scientific industrialisation have become Cavalieri del Lavoro. Among them are Guglielmo Marconi, Gaetano Marzotto, Giovanni Battista Pirelli, Giovanni Agnelli and Giovanni Treccani. Cimbali was appointed as a councillor of Office Cimbali SPA in 1972 and was made President in 1984. In 1998 he became President of Cimbali SPA, which is now Gruppo Cimbali SPA. “As an authorised Australian importer of Cimbali machines, Service Sphere is proud to see Maurizio recognised at the highest level of the Italian government. What he and his business has achieved for the Italian and worldwide coffee industry is highly commendable,” says University Food Group Director Maurizio Marcocci. “La Cimbali and Faema are the number one manufacturers of coffee machines in the world, and La Cimbali is the machine of choice for leading coffee roasters and coffee chains including Lavazza Coffee, Hilton and Sheraton Hotels, McDonalds, Nestle, BP, Sodexo, Compass and Emirates. Naturally, Service Sphere is proud to be associated with a such an reputable company.” King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy founded the Order of Merit for Labour as national order of chivalry in 1901. Since then, 2797 Cavalieri del Lavoro have been appointed.