The production of bistable refrigeration valves is transferred to Dronero.
Energy saving policy leads to an increased demand for efficient wall-hung gas boilers and Bitron penetrates this market.
The first application is a motorized actuator, derived from the timer.
The first analog pressure sensor is produced.
Timer output reaches 6 million pieces per year.
Bitron Poland is founded in Sosnowiec and Elbi transfers the production of detergent dispensers and push-button switches there.
Elbi develops and patents the first pressure sensor for the appliance market, featuring a microprocessor and electronic calibration, thereby ensuring previously unobtainable precision and a reduction in water consumption.
China's strong political and economic development attracts the best companies from the west.
The Bianco family opens a Bitron China facility in Qingdao in the Shandong Province.
BITRON produces a new three-way valve for the gas boiler market and develops the first detergent dispenser with a tilting lid.
Production of water valves with integrated flow-meter is started.
The foundation stone of the new Elbi facility is laid on 9th December, 2004. By September 2006 the first production departments are operative.
The historic premises in Via De Amicis are closed when the relocation is completed in 2007. The new facilities in the industrial area of Collegno are built on 80,000 sq.m. of land with a covered surface of 37,430 sq.m. and are an ideal setting to further develop the creative dynamism and passion which have marked the last 50 years.
A cogeneration plant provides an independent source of electrical energy as well as heating and cooling.
Elbi now has 800 employees.