Today Bft operates all over the world, with 20 branches and over 530 distributors in more than 120 countries.
We were founded in 1981 in Thiene, with the vocation: being available to our customers at all times, oriented towards those who work with our products.
A spirit that immediately allowed us to win the loyalty of those working in the installation and automation world.
The natural evolution was the acquisition of our strongest customers, and the opening of the first branch in Germany in 2002, which for us was the first step towards penetrating the local market and understanding the many facets of every country.
From that moment on, always focusing on full customer satisfaction, we began to diversify our services to suit every different culture.
Since 2004 we have been part of the Somfy group: this has given us the boost necessary to gain significant market shares and create a structured distribution network. A radical change that has determined the transition from passage from family-run business to small multinational.
Today the management of our international distribution network is divided up between the branches and the direct distributors.
In 2004 there were only three foreign companies, a number that was to increase tenfold in less than a decade. Until 2008 we recorded annual growth of 20%, rapidly developing our turnover.
For us, the passing of the 100 million turnover mark in 2012-2013 is just a step along the way. In fact, our aim in 2015 is to get to 150 million.
Creation of the Bft company in Thiene (VI).
Compact mechanical operator with articulated arm.
Sturdy and reliable sliding operator.
The first photocell to use the Fresnel lens.
Monoblock in-ground hydraulic operator.
The first Bft automatic door.
Move to the new premises in Schio (VI).
The first electromechanical motor, precursor of the Phobos series.
An encoding system that manages remote control transmissions in complete safety, preventing any kind of external violation.
Control unit with fully digital serial adjustment based on an LCD.
First large-scale extension of the warehouse in Schio (VI).
The branch in Germany is opened.
Entry into Somfy group.
The branch in Spain is opened.
The branch in Belgium is opened.
Acquisition of SACS.
Simplified cabling system with the use of only 2 cables, allowing connection of all the devices to the control unit.
The branch in Portugal is opened.
Acquisition of O&O.
Microprocessor encoding system allowing the direct cloning of remote controls.
"ANPR" automatic number-plate reading system able to read registered car number-plates at the car park entry and exit without having to show anything at the column.
A new warehouse used for logistics is acquired near the factory in Schio.
Automatic communication system equipped with operator, allowing the automatic management of notification of alarms and events detected by a parking system, to mobile phones or email addresses.
The branch in Turkey is opened.
New organisation with merger of the French branches.
Medium-range passive UHF tag reading system integrated in a parking system: allows motorists provided with the special tag sticker on the windscreen to enter and exit the car park without having to show anything at the entry column.
Smartphone applications allowing the management of gates with a touch on the display.
Inductive encoder of all Maxima Ultra barriers with contactless technology for obstacle detection, ensuring immediate reversal of bar movement.
Introduction of the frequency Inverter on Maxima Ultra automatic barriers, ensuring outstanding performance and extremely quiet operation.
New photocell with Thea integrated flashing light, exclusive Bft patent.
IWA14-1:2013 V/7200(N3C)/80/90 antiterrorism certification of the X-PAS B 330/1200 bollard complete with EFO system able to ensure rapid rising of the shaft (3 times faster than the standard opening time).
Access control system thanks to which, operators can enable customers to access a gate in their car parks:by typing in the proximity reader the code read in the ticket, customers can access restricted areas such as service areas or the automatic pay station area.
Technological platform for maintenance and simplified management of the installations.
The new Bft: a new organisation allowing a greater focus on product development based on the application context.