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2017-09-29 / GREENING THE ISLANDS - SAVE THE DATEGREENING THE ISLANDS - SAVE THE DATE

2017-09-29

Greening the Islands International Conference – Energy, Water and Mobility for Circular Island Economies – which will take place in Favignana island (Sicily) on 3-4 November 2017. Read more on: ht ...

2017-07-13 / Il residenziale parte da "Zhero"Il residenziale parte da "Zhero"

2017-07-13

Giovedì 13 luglio a Brunello (VA) è stato presentato alla stampa specializzata il nuovo sistema di accumulo per uso domestico "Zhero" realizzato da UNE in partnership con Elmec Solar. Il nuovo sis ...

2017-05-24 / MOTIV CHOOSES FZSONICK BATTERIESMOTIV CHOOSES FZSONICK BATTERIES

2017-05-24

The american company Motiv chooses Salt-Nickel technology for 13 school fully electric buses in Northern California. See our press release.

 

 
 
 
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History

 

FIAMM was born in 1942 in the land of Romeo and Juliet. But its story began even earlier, when young engineer Giulio Dolcetta collaborated on the grand civil works of the Twenties and the electrification projects of the Thirties, experiences that allowed him to foresee the potential of Elettra, that was bought and transformed into FIAMM. The name of ‘Fabbrica Italiana Accumulatori Motocarri Montecchio’ (Italian Manufacturer Motorvehicle Batteries Montecchio) will remain as such, testimony to the origins of its founders, just as the main offices will remain at Montecchio.

It was the sons of Giulio – Giovanni, Francesco and Mario – and grandson Claudio who were responsible for FIAMM’s success and its basic spirit, the belief that they were part of a united group, custodians of a great tradition, and the strong ties to the community that today manifest themselves in initiatives that support the environment and the people who live there; like the sponsorship of Vicenza’s Communal Theater and the running of the nursery school and Montecchio’s kindergarten. Initiatives meant to repay the local community for giving the company expertise, human resources and much, much more.

THE FORTIES

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FIAMM is born in 1942, when energy and courage are needed to defend facilities and workers from the threat of being hauled off to Germany. After the war, the company concentrates on the production of batteries for automobiles and the fork lift industry. Not long after that, production is started on stationary and semi-stationary batteries, vital to a country rebuilding its industries and railroads.

 

THE FIFTIES

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In the years of mass motorization, the brand begins to appear in automobile showrooms alongside those of the most important car makers, and makes its first sally into product research and the via the production of a promotional vehicle: into motor sports. A FIAMM battery powers the Ferrari that wins the Mille Miglia in 1950. The first significant alliance with an important company is with the Innocenti Lambretta. The production of acoustic signals begins.

 

THE SIXTIES

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Thanks to the economic boom, FIAMM strengthens its organization, increases production and launches new products (the electro-pneumatic horns become a real status symbol). The company is fast approaching its position as a modern productive entity. Its presence in foreign markets is increasingly more evident, appearing at the various Motor Shows, while in motor sport its alliance with Ferrari confirms the position of prestige that the company has attained.

 

THE SEVENTIES

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The car and truck battery business expands into the motorcycles market and, thanks to the quality and reliability of its products, FIAMM becomes the top supplier to Europe’s most important car manufacturers. In the stationary batteries sector, the company’s client list includes SIP, ENEL (respectively Italy’s national phone company and national power company) and the most important engineering firms both in Italy and abroad.

 

THE EIGHTIES

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The importance of stationary batteries takes off in the USA, and the company enters Europe’s two principal markets with FIAMM Germany and FIAMM France, while numerous joint ventures are undertaken with international partners. Ford America chooses FIAMM as its sole supplier of acoustic signals and FIAMM continues to enhance its reputation in motor sports: rallies, Formula One, Formula Indy, the Paris-Dakar and offshore events.

 

THE NINETIES

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After a series of important acquisitions, the Dolcetta Family decides to revolutionize company management in the light of its now international dimensions.
A new managing director is chosen from outside the family, while the role Chairman is reserved for Giovanni Dolcetta.

 

 

TODAY

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In 2000, a New Industrial Plan of great expansion results in the opening of new branches in the USA, the acquisition of numerous battery distributors throughout Europe and important investments in technology. In 2007, the share structure is consolidated to two family groups with Stefano Dolcetta (Managing Director) and Alessandro Dolcetta (Vice-President). It heralds a return to ideals of continuity, development and innovation.
In 2005 the FIAMM Group selected a new technology to enrich its product portfolio and respond  appropriately to the demands of new applications. This new technology is the Sodium-Nickel-Chloride (Na-NiCl2) and is part of the high temperature battery family (such as sodium-sulfur from which it evolved).
In 2010, after having developed numerous Sodium-Nickel- Chloride cell prototypes in its laboratories, FIAMM acquired the only manufacturing company of Sodium-Nickel-Chloride batteries in Europe "MES-DEA" founding the  FZ SONICK SA (later renamed FIAMM SONICK SA)  with the aim of developing and supporting the Sodium-Nickel-Chloride technology "ZEBRA".
The acquired company “MES-DEA” was active since 1998, when it took over patents and technology from Daimler-Benz, moving the plant and technical team to Switzerland. (Stabio).
In 2011 in Montecchio Maggiore (VI) started the FIAMM Energy Storage Solutions business unit specialised in providing electrical solutions  both on-grid and off-grid dedicated to  industrial and residential use. In the Almisano di Lonigo (VI) assembly plant in June 2011 was inaugurated the first energy island in Europe connected to the network and regulated by accumulation the "Green EnergyIsland". The energy island is part of the new research and technological development projects that the Company launched in the field of green technologies and in particular in the renewable energy.
Starting from the second half of 2016 the “Sodium-Nickel” Group renews its identity under the new brand FZSONICK extended to the two existing companies and to the newco in the USA.

Currently the FZSONICK Group consists of three companies:

 - FZSONICK SA in Stabio (CH) - Holding & Production Plant
  - FZSONICK SpA Montecchio Maggiore (IT)
  - FZSONICK Inc in Elgin (USA)

 

 

 

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