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August 1st, 1955 
Three brothers, Enrico, Giovanni and Carlo Bianco start a new business to manufacture household appliance components.

1960 
The establishment of ELBI International.

1962-1965 
Thanks to Carlo's creative contribution and Giovanni's commercial and manufacturing initiative, Elbi International begins to produce and export solenoid valves and pressure switches and reaches 250 employees.

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1966
Elbi International moves to a new site in Collegno - Turin as a consequence of the growing production volumes and reaches 450 employees.

1968
Establishment of Elbi s.a. in Barcelona - Spain.

1969
Acquisition of Bitron Video (video entry-phones), the first step into electronics. Bitron enters the electronic market with video- entryphone

1971
Establishment of Eledro in Dronero - Cuneo - Italy.

1973 
Acquisition of Elettrovago in Milan. Components for cooking appliances.

1975
Bitron moves into the automotive market and becomes a supplier to FIAT.

1976
Establishment of Valvar in Rossana - Cuneo - Italy. Focusing on the production of visible switches for the automotive market.

1982
Acquisition of OMP in Alatri - Frosinone - Italy, a Crouzet-licensed company producing washing machine timers.

1984 
Establishment of Siceb in Savona - Italy,  focusing on the production of automotive components.

1985
Establishment of EDB, Elbi do Brasil, the first overseas plant for the production of automotive and appliance components.

1989
Acquisition of Selnev in Nevers (France) for the production of automotive components.

1990
Bitron consolidates its position as ODM, designing and building electronic products for major automobile and appliance manufacturer.

1992
Creation of a common corporate identity - Bitron.  With the exception of Elbi International, all the companies in the group are renamed BITRON.

1998
Strategic globalization. Establishment of Bitron Poland in Sosnowiec.

2002
Establishment of Bitron China in Qingdao, first factory in the Asian Pacific region.
Bitron offers a contract manufacturing service (EMS), acquiring customers in the appliance market

2004
A new plant for Bitron Poland (Sosnowiec) 40,000 sq.m, 12,000 sq.m covered.

December 9th, 2004 
The foundation stone of  Elbi International's new plant is laid.

2005
Establishment of New factory in China: Bitron Ind. China (Qingdao) (10.000 square meters).
Bitron Poland starts electronics production.

2006
Opening of 3DQ Electronics in China (Qingdao) for production of electronic components.
First HVAC electronics application are developed.

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2007

Opening of the new Elbi plant. The decision to build a new plant in Italy is a strong sign that the heart of the group stays in Turin - Italy, even though globalization has led us to open plants in Poland, China and Turkey.  Elbi is the competence centre for most of the appliance and HVAC components and for highly-automated production.
Establishment of Bitron Turkey in Manisa Turkey to serve the automotive and appliance markets.

2008
The two plants Bitron China and Bitron Ind. China plants are merged.

2009
Bitron diversifies into the energy market, with the design of smart meters.

2010
Creation of Bitron HVAC Division to serve HVAC markets.

2011
Opening the new Bitron Turkey plant in Manisa (doubles its size).

2012
Creation of Bitron Electronics Division: merge the three electronics facilities to create greater efficiency and integration.
Opening the Technical Centre for Appliance Division in Amtzell (Germany).
Laying the foundation stone for the new Bitron establishment in China: First step April 2013 / Second Step December 2015.

2013
Opening of the new Bitron Electronic China (Qingdao).

2014
Opening of the Bitron de Mèxico (Querétaro).

2016
Starts production of electronic devices in Mèxico.
Bitron Poland openining new dedicated electronic plant.

2017
Bitron de Mèxico openining new dedicated electronic plant.

2017
From September 2017 starting new Bitron R&D center located in Iași (Romania).

Globalization and shorter product life cycles mean faster time-to-market, requiring companies to work even more closely together. Strategic alliances, new manufacturing plants in globally strategic locations and a worldwide marketing and sales organization ensure that Bitron is well-positioned to provide quality, innovation and efficiency to our business partners.