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FIAM Ascensori SA
Fiam (Full Name)

Founded

1939 (Milan, Italy)

Founder

Guglielmo Coppola

Based in

Milan, Italy

Acquired by

Kone

Succeeded by

Kone Ascensori SpA

Year active

1939 - 1987

Fiam (also known as Fabbrica Italiana Ascensori Montacharichi) was a Italian elevator and escalator company based in Milan, Italy. It was one of the two major Italian elevator companies that has managed to sold its products overseas, the other one was Sabiem. The company was acquired by Kone in 1987.

History

Fiam was founded in 1939 by Guglielmo Coppola. The company installed its first escalator in 1960 at the Milan Trade Fair in Milan, Italy. In 1966, Mauro Coppola, son of Guglelmo Coppola, succeeded the company. The company remained independent until 1987 when Kone acquired the company.

In 1995, almost ten years after the acquisition, Mauro Coppola formed a brand new elevator company called TECNO. The new company became multinational in 1997 when it expanded its presence to Asia.

Distributors

Italy

In Piombino, Fiam elevators were distributed by Biagi Ascensori (Biagi S.R.L.), a local elevator company founded in 1970[1]. In Genoa, Fiam elevators were distributed by Calì Ascensori which began in 1963.[2]

Overseas

In Hong Kong, Fiam elevators were distributed and serviced by the Hong Kong subsidiary of General Electric Company (GEC plc) from the 1960s until the late 1980s or early 1990s. They were commonly found in private apartment buildings, industrial building, public housing estates and some government buildings. GEC was also the distributor and sole agent of Express Lifts in Hong Kong. Since Express Lifts was acquired in 1997 and GEC's Hong Kong subsidiary was acquired by Otis in 1999, most of the remaining Fiam elevators in Hong Kong are now maintained by Otis. Some others equipped with TMS controller are maintained by Kone and even generic elevator companies.

Similarly, Fiam elevators in Singapore were also distributed by General Electric Company. They were distributed from the 1970s until the 1980s.

List of notable installations

Main article: List of notable Fiam elevator installations

Fixtures

Main article: List of Fiam elevator fixtures

Trivia

  • In Switzerland, almost every Fiam elevators installed are branded as FIAM Ascensa.
  • Many Fiam elevators installed in Italy are branded as Fiam/Iman.

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Notes and references

External links

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