History

The ARFITEC Group is the leader in humidification technologies and liquid diffusion solutions through its fogging and nebulization systems.

All the products and services we design allow for improving consumer health by encouraging the consumption of fresh, unprocessed products and improving living and workspaces.

KEY FIGURES

1998 :
CREATION OF THE COMPANIES ARECO AND B.R.O.

ARECO started working in nebulization, in France, by exploiting a patent developed by IMRA Europe SAS, the Toyota Group’s research centre. This technology, nebulization, consists in breaking up all types of liquid (water, biocide, perfume) using a piezoelectric solution in the aim of obtaining a very fine mist (95% of droplets have a diameter less than 5 µm).

After studying several potential applications, Michel GSCHWIND came up with the idea of using this discovery to replace the classic humidification systems used in the food processing industry.

B.R.O. also launched in France, with the design and distribution of humidification systems, initially to meet the needs of the agricultural world in crop zones. The aim was to regulate both the temperature and the humidity in farming greenhouses in order to ensure the best crop. New markets quickly opened up to the company, including the industrial field.

2000 :
LAUNCH OF NEBULIZATION IN FOOD STORES

For ARECO, this was the first year trialling, with the PROSOL Group, the nebulization of fruit and vegetables in food stores, with the aim of better conserving these extremely fragile foodstuffs.

From 2001, new markets opened to B.R.O., especially with the installation of our fogging solutions in gardens and green spaces, as well as on the terraces of cafes, hotels and restaurants.

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2002 :
CREATION OF THE COMPANY AGEFI

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AGEFI was launched to provide the installation, after-sales services and maintenance of ARECO’s nebulization solutions.

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ARECO began developing its activities internationally with installations in the food processing sector in Chile.

2003 :
CREATION OF THE AURANOV SUBSIDIARY

2003 saw the creation of AURANOV, the subsidiary dedicated to the manufacture of mechanical parts.

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2004 :
CREATION OF THE PARENT COMPANY, ARFITEC

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With the arrival of Benoît Rey, 2004 was the creation of the parent company, ARFITEC, which unites, supports and develops the activities of its subsidiaries.

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ARECO continues to develop the uses for its nebulization application by performing laboratory tests on seafood products. The results on the impact of nebulization on the microbiological, chemical and physical properties of the seafood products were conclusive. The nebulization application was therefore launched for fish counters in food stores and for tradespeople.

2006 :
DEVELOPMENT OF NEBULIZATION IN EUROPE

ARECO exports its solutions to Germany and then to Belgium.

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2008 :
LAUNCH INTO BIODECONTAMINATION

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ARECO steps into the industrial field by developing an application for the airborne biodecontamination of surfaces in pharmaceutical laboratories, airlocks and glove boxes. In the same year, the company widened its fresh produce humidification application to products on the traditional butchery, cold-cut and delicatessen counters.

2009 :
B.R.O. ENTERS THE NEBULIZATION MARKET

In 2009, B.R.O. launched itself onto a new market: the nebulization of fresh produce counters in order to better conserve the fresh products on fruit & vegetable, seafood and butchery counters.

2010 :
DEVELOPMENT OF STRUCTURES IN NEW EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

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ARECO establishes itself in Portugal and Spain.

2011 :
CREATION OF THE ADDACOM SUBSIDIARY AND LAUNCH OF DIGITAL APPLICATIONS

In 2011, THE ADDACOM subsidiary was created as a contract and service provider.

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In 2011, ARECO moved into developing several digital applications for points of sale, ADDACHEF and SIMULFEL, firstly to communicate with consumers and encourage them to use more fresh raw foodstuffs, and secondly to help food stores boost sales of fresh produce, while reducing food waste.

2011 was also the year in which ARECO began a CSR approach.

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2012 :
EXPORT TO THE USA

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2012 was the year ARECO made its first sales in the United States and Canada.

2014 :
ECO-DESIGN

The Group’s R&D service sought to reduce our impact on the environment by developing a completely new range of ego-design nebulization machines: NEBULECO.

2014 was the year when the ARFITEC Group became a member of BPI Excellence, an entrepreneurial social network of which it is still a member today.

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2016 :
CREATION OF THE ARECO NORTH AMERICA SUBSIDIARY

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The ARECO NORTH AMERICA subsidiary is launched to speed up the development of ARECO products in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

2017 :
B.R.O. JOINS THE ARFITEC GROUP

In February 2017, B.R.O. joined the ARFITEC Group.

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2018 :
CREATION OF THE ARECO PACIFIC SUBSIDIARY

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On 3 December 2018, the ARECO PACIFIC subsidiary launched to distribute the Group’s products in Australia and New Zealand in particular, and more generally throughout the Pacific zone.

2019 :
CREATION OF THE LIDIT BRAND

The ARFITEC Group launches the LIDIT, LIquid DIffusion Technology, brand.

LIDIT combines ARECO and B.R.O.’s know-how in the industrial fields.

The LIDIT product range includes fogging and nebulization solutions to improve space performance: nebulization in the food processing sector, high-pressure fogging for industries and collectivities and biodecontamination of surfaces.

Areco, involved in the fight against food waste and access to healthy food since its creation in 1998, joins the great Food cause started by Make.org, “How can we allow everyone to eat better?”,  alongside Système U, Danone, Fleury Michon and Bonduelle in order to set up actions in civilian society in favour of eating better.

With this partnership, ARECO, the reference brand for fresh counter performance serving better eating and protecting the environment, continues its approach as an innovative French SME to promote the consumption of fresh produce and combat food waste.

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In constantly seeking innovation, the ARFITEC Group is the world leader in the field of high-precision humidification (for products, processes and environments) and the diffusion of all types of liquid and is an expert in controlling contamination.