One of Tunze’s former product designers has joined Italian pump manufacturer Sicce. Claude Hug joined Tunze in 1999 and was involved in the design, development, and technical support of many of the popular Tunze products we know and love, but after 24 years of friendship and fond memories, Frenchman Claude is moving to Italy to start a new life with Sicce in Venice.
“FB friends, I announce it to you, my career choice has finally been to the SICCE company in Pozzoleone in Venice, very close to the Italian Alps,” Claude announced (via translation,) on his social media.
“This family business, founded in 1974 by Mr. Paolo Pettenon, is the originator of the first resin synchronous submersible pump and therefore the origin of many products that we use daily in aquaria. The oldest of the transalpine aquarium companies has always kept its course and today more than ever offers certainly the most innovative products on the market, of a very high quality and that I value a lot as an electrician as well as an aquarist (I started aquatics in 1977 with a SICCE filter because the importer for France was in Colmar! )”
“The choice of SICCE was not necessarily obvious because, after more than 22 years of collaboration with TUNZE, the change is really important: I took intensive Italian courses, changed the way I think, and work, and changed colleagues, products, customers, and environment. I start 2023 by dedicating myself to the development of the French, Belgian, and Swiss markets in the industry, for garden ponds and aquaria, international shows, the correction of French-German catalogs, and product texts, and the development of new devices in the fields of specific ones that interest me.”
“I would like to thank the Pettenon family and all my wonderful new colleagues for opening their doors and hearts to me, especially Silvia and Laura always welcoming and ready to take on new challenges, and of course Mr. Pettenon the founder.”
Two great European manufacturers and pioneers of the aquarium hobby, Tunze, and Sicce are not strangers to each other, and with the Tunze Silence return pumps looking suspiciously like the Sicce Syncra Silent return pumps, there has clearly been some cross-pollination between the two companies in the past and continues in the present. We wish Claude well in his future venture and look forward to new, innovative releases from both Sicce and Tunze in the future.