Bticino S.p.A. is an Italian metalworking
Metalworking is the process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large scale structures. The term covers a wide range of work from large ships and bridges to precise engine parts and delicate jewelry. It therefore includes a correspondingly wide range of skills,...

 company that operates in the field of electrical low voltage equipment used to residential, employment and production. Bticino proposes solutions for the energy distribution, for the communication (intercom
An intercom , talkback or doorphone is a stand-alone voice communications system for use within a building or small collection of buildings, functioning independently of the public telephone network. Intercoms are generally mounted permanently in buildings and vehicles...

s and video intercoms) and for the control of light, sound, climate and security.


Founded in 1936 by brothers Arnaldo, Luigi and Ermanno Bassani with the name of Ticino Electric Switches to produce metal smallwares of different application, since 1948 the company became Bassani SpA and specializes itself in the manufacture of electrical components used inside the houses, in order to meet the growing demand resulting from post-conflict reconstruction.

Accompanying changes in electrical technology and the demands of living spaces, Bassani Ticino (name adopted in 1974) develops a set of devices to control the distribution of low voltage
Low voltage
Low voltage when used as an electrical engineering term concerning an electricity supply grid or industrial use, broadly identifies safety considerations of the system based on the voltage used. The meaning of the term "low voltage" is somewhat different when used with regard to a more typical end...

 energy, designing a range of products - from the "electric switchboard
Electric switchboard
An electric switchboard is a device that directs electricity from one source to another. It is an assembly of panels, each of which contains switches that allow electricity to be redirected. The U.S...

" to the switches - which combine the technical and functional features, related to the installation mode, with special attention to drawing.

In 1989 Bassani Ticino joined the French group Legrand
Legrand (company)
Legrand is a French industrial group historically based in Limoges in the Limousin region and a world leader in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks....

, changing its name to BTicino.
Bticino has been the first firm to conceive the switches as furniture, not only as industrial components, developing a specific treatment aimed at improving product quality and simplifying implementation.

The company became famous in the Italian market during the 50s; "Domino" and "Sicura" (“Safe”) were the names of the first series that got a big success.
The products of the 60s are characterized by ease of assembly and by modularity: they has spread the rectangular box, which represents the current standard.
The Magic Series (1961) is the first case of power socket with modular switches.

The issue of security becomes increasingly important, as it increases the capillary diffusion of the electrical systems, which make it more likely an accidental contact with an electrical conductor
Electrical conductor
In physics and electrical engineering, a conductor is a material which contains movable electric charges. In metallic conductors such as copper or aluminum, the movable charged particles are electrons...

 in tension.
It is then built and patented a circuit breaker
Circuit breaker
A circuit breaker is an automatically operated electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload or short circuit. Its basic function is to detect a fault condition and, by interrupting continuity, to immediately discontinue electrical flow...

 called a “residual current device” (1965); it’s high-power switching, with the addition of a differential transformer
A transformer is a device that transfers electrical energy from one circuit to another through inductively coupled conductors—the transformer's coils. A varying current in the first or primary winding creates a varying magnetic flux in the transformer's core and thus a varying magnetic field...


The company is also known over the years for the plaques that surround the normal switches inside the house.
With the Series Living (1985) and the subsequent Light and Living International (1996) are introduced devices of multifunctional control of individual components.

In 2001 Bticino launched the first MyHome Domotics system based on bus SCS
SCS is an acronym for “Sistema Cablaggio Semplificato” . It uses a fieldbus network protocol and has applications in the field of home automation and building automation.-General Features:...

Continuing on the path toward automation, Axolute series (2005) first proposed the integration of video-intercom with domestic installation, while Axolute nighter & Which (2008) marks a further step towards aesthetics simplification of electrical equipment for residential use.

In 2006 it was made available the protocol OpenWebNet
OpenWebNet is a Communication Protocol developed by Bticino since 2000.OpenWebNet Protocol allow a “high level” interaction between a remote unit and Bus SCS of MyHome domotic system....

, that allows interaction with the Domotics plant through the use of appropriate Gateway.

In 2007 Bticino obtained a place on, worldwide website dedicated to reward success and quality (as a cause of success itself).

The Company

The company is part of the International Group Legrand
Legrand (company)
Legrand is a French industrial group historically based in Limoges in the Limousin region and a world leader in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks....

 and operates both on the Italian market and on the Worldwide one with over 60 offices abroad.
The main products in the field of electrical equipment
Electrical equipment
Electrical equipment includes any machine powered by electricity. They usually consists of an enclosure, a variety of electrical components, and often a power switch...

 are traditional and domotics switches, plates, residual current devices, intercoms and video intercoms.

The main office is in Varese
Varese is a town and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55 km north of Milan.It is the capital of the Province of Varese. The hinterland or urban part of the city is called Varesotto.- Geography :...

, where there are 1500 employees, split between design, production, quality, test, marketing, administrative and commercial offices. In Milan
Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital city of the region of Lombardy and of the province of Milan. The city proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area, roughly coinciding with its administrative province and the bordering Province of Monza and Brianza ,...

 there is the administrative headquarters. Other important locations are Erba, where all the domotics products and video intercoms are developed and produced; Ospedaletto Lodigiano where is located the central warehouse
A warehouse is a commercial building for storage of goods. Warehouses are used by manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses, customs, etc. They are usually large plain buildings in industrial areas of cities and towns. They usually have loading docks to load and unload...

; Bodio, where the plaques are made; Azzano San Paolo and Torre del Greco, where are developed and manufactured devices industrial and residual current device.

BTicino is present on many markets: Europe (Belgium
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, Spain), Latin America (Mexico
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, Costa Rica, Venezuela
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, Chile, Peru
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), Asia (Thailand
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, China).

The strategy of the company is to bring quality, technology and Italian design
Design as a noun informally refers to a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system while “to design” refers to making this plan...

values, especially introducing within the functional and installation performance the merits of aesthetics and comfort.

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