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Nuova CEV crystal factory’s history dates back as early as the first years of the second post-war period. From 1945 up to the present day Nuova CEV has been perpetuating the long-standing tradition of the master glassworkers in forging hot, fascinating living matter: crystal. Nuova CEV has hired up to 300 workers. Over the years, Nuova CEV has been manufacturing plain as well as coloured and transparent glass, including the renowned “opaline”, while in the 1970s and 1980s it started producing lead crystal. Nuova CEV was the first company in the area of Empoli and Valdelsa to experience new production techniques such as the glass-washing robot and the semi-automatic stamping machine. Also, Nuova CEV was one of the first companies to use state-of-the-art equipment for cold work of manufactured goods, the so-called “glass stoning”.