"A history of excellence and innovation"
Tréfileries Leon Bekaert, one of the largest iron wire drawing workshops in the world, founded in 1880 by Leo Leander Bekaert, begins to produce spring mattresses.
The Beka brand is created, a division of the Tréfileries Leon Bekaert company which, with this brand, produces steel wool for washing dishes. In addition, it starts producing mattress springs in Ruisbroek in Belgium.
The Beka brand places its first mattresses on the market, with a logo featuring three kittens.
Tréfileries Leon Bekaert, Belgian company specialised in the production of spring mattresses, opens FIBLA Spa (Fabbrica Itali-Belga Lane d'Acciaio) in Isola di Cantone (Genoa), Italy, a company dedicated to the production of steel wool, springs for mattresses and mechanisms for sofas bed. The original nucleus of the BK Group firm came into being here.
Tréfileries Leon Bekaert decides to open a plant in Treviglio (Bergamo). Giovanni Battista Vangelisti is also amongst the managers in charge of development and production management, and who will later found Bicappa Italia Spa.
The Treviglio plant is completed, ready to produce spring mattresses, sofas and sofa beds with the Beka Italia brand, taking on the skills of the parent company (which in the meantime became Leon Bekaert Spa) and transferring part of the staff from Cantone to the town in the Bergamo province.
Upon closing Leon Bekaert Spa, several executives - including Giovanni Battista Vangelisti - acquire the business by investing their settlements thereby creating Bicappa Italia Spa, which specialises in the production of spring mattresses and sofa beds for the Italian market.
BK Italia launches the new brand BelliKomodi.
Bicappa Italia opens up to the professional market, producing sofa beds for the hospitality and hospital sectors, earning the trust of important partners immediately.
Now operating on the entire European market, the company completely reorganises its image, becoming BK Italia Spa. The restyling involves the logo, corporate communications and office premises, and is overseen by Massimo Vignelli, a world-renowned designer, Dante Oscar Benini, an important Italian architect, and by architect Denise Viviani.
Da sinistra. Matteo, Luca e Marco
Vangelisti: tre fratelli alla guida della società.
BK Group Srl is founded, consolidating its presence on the European and extra-European markets (Australia, Russia, USA), opening up to the emerging markets of the Middle East, India and China.
BK Group Srl launches its new website (www.bkitalia.com), dedicated to meeting the diverse demands of professional customers and the business-to-consumer market, reinforcing the company’s innovative and elegant image while tackling the challenges and opportunities of the digital market
Tradition, know-how and innovation, with a touch of design
An idea that evolves in time, uninterrupted, from the artisan to international industry
From design to metalworking, from processing wood to fabrics: for a perfect convertible sofa.
In BKGroup, research and development never stop, in order to transform the best idea into your perfect sofa.
A success that has passed through ages and generations with the unmistakable style of true Italian design.
Tradition, technique and innovation, with a touch of design
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