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History

A 100-years story


Ai Group benefits from over hundred-years experience and history.

  • 1900

    Invention

    Fire extinguishing powder discovery

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    A hungarian engineer, Vlamos Biro, discovered the extinguishing properties of certain powders against fires, in order to protect underground miners' life.

  • 1929

    Innovation

    Invention of Granito Powder

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    A few years later, his son, Paul Biro, a former student of the Ecole des Mines de Paris, invented the Granito powder, which possesses all the necessary qualities of an extinguishing agent, i.e. fluidity, impermeability, stability and efficiency.

    He presents the first fire-extinguishing truck using Granito powder at the first International Congress in Paris.

  • 1946

    Inception of Birofils company

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    In order to exploit the fruit of its research, the company BIROFILS is created. The following year, the French national Navy specifically ordered the first powder fire extinguisher to equip all its vessels. These modern design fire extinguishers are called "Granito-Gas". This consecration will revolutionize the old methods of fire extinguishment.

  • 1971

    Building of a factory in Châtellerault

    To meet the growing demand and satisfy its customers, Biros Fils is forced to build a new and imposing plant in Chatellerault. But the company's head office is kept in Paris, which remains a global trading place.

  • 1980

    Acquisition

    SABO France acquire BIRO Fils

    SABO France founded in Chatellerault area in the center of France acquire BIRO FILS.

  • 1985

    Sabo France becomes AI Group.

    The newly created company moves to Nanterre.

  • 1987

    Manufacture

    Creation of manufacturing workshops in Naintré, near Châtellerault.

  • 2011

    Shareholding

    New shareholder

    Groupe Gorgé enters the company's capital to the tune of 49%.

  • 2012

    Our commercial offices move to Paris

    Ai Group is relocating its Malakoff offices in Paris, in the Montparnasse district, benefiting from the economic influence of the French capital while being less than 2 hours by TGV from its factory in Châtellerault.

  • 2015

    Shareholding

    Buyout by Groupe Gorgé

    Ai Group is fully acquired by the technology French group, Groupe Gorgé, quoted on Paris & New York Stock exchange.

  • 2016

    Corporate

    Ai Group unveils its new logotype

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    Ai Group is endowed with a new graphic identity which is committed to carry the ambitions and the new strategy of the company, delivering innovative and technical products dedicated to professionals seeking solutions at the forefront of their business.

  • 2016

    Appointment of a new CEO

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    At the beginning of 2016, Francesco Dartizio was appointed C.E.O. of Ai Group.

  • 2016

    Corporate

    Welcome to Tour Montparnasse

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    To accompany the renewal of the company, the Paris offices are transferred to the 5th floor of the tower Montparnasse, emblematic monument of the capital.

  • 2017

    Business

    First products catalogue

    Ai Group publishes its first catalogue of standard fire protection products.

  • 2018

    Corporate

    New Brand & new website

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    Groupe Gorgé unveils Vigians, the new brand identity of the Protection of High-Risks Installation Division.

    Ai Group is launching its new, more comprehensive website, whose content is resolutely focused on the concerns of its clients on fire protection issues.