History

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60 years of excellence, making the history of actuation

This rich history in valve actuators goes back to 1955, when the first Biffi factory opened in Fiorenzuola d’Arda, located in Italy’s northern industrial area. It was here that we manufactured our first Series A electric actuators for the Italian petrochemical industry, together with hydraulic actuators and control systems for shipyard customers. 


The journey had begun. These initial product lines and the ones that followed have played an integral role in helping the world’s major industries to improve their valve operating efficiency. 


Biffi’s world-class facilities

In 1969 Biffi consolidated by moving to its present location, where we developed our first series B electric actuators in cast iron. We also went international with major projects for the Russian oil & gas market. 

Further substantial expansions of the operation followed in 1978 and 1996, as today’s fully equipped 29,000 square feet factory gradually evolved. 


Charting the history of actuation

The timeline for Biffi’s new product lines over the last 60 years reads like a history of actuation. 

In the seventies we led the way in developing gas-over-oil actuators (OGK) for low temperature application. The standardisation of the ‘scotch-yoke’ mechanism for quarter-turn applications saw new advances in GIG (gas powered high pressure), ALGA (pneumatic low pressure) and OLGA (hydraulic) actuation. And it was a period when Biffi produced its first spring return actuators (ALGAS) and introduced the aluminium Series C electric actuator. 

The eighties were notable for Biffi expanding its market activity to the Middle East, South East Asia and America, which resulted in a host of new product lines, including: 

  • Integral quarter-turn electric actuators with epicycloidal gears
  • Electro-hydraulic actuators with an integral power pack
  • Hydraulic subsea actuators (OFO/OFOS)
  • Pneumatic rack-pinion actuators (RP/RPS)
  • Hydraulic quick acting actuators (OLGAS-QA)
  • Electric fail-safe actuators with spring return (EFS)


Made In Italy

To always guarantee the best quality products, Biffi continued to invest significantly both in equipment and infrastructure over the past 60 years. The result is an exceptionally advanced and equipped plant offering in-house fully integrated design, manufacturing and testing, including:

  • A state-of-the-art technical office
  • A Modern machine shop
  • Flexible machining centres
  • Assembly & fitting shops
  • In-house welding capability
  • Inspection and test facilities
  • Automated painting facility


Quality Assurance


Biffi is committed to providing Customers with best quality standard of products and services.


Each actuator is torque and performance tested before leaving the factory, simulating the actual operating conditions of the valve to guarantee maximum reliability and durability.


Biffi actuators are SIL 3 or SIL 2 certified according to IEC 61508-1÷7:2010 and are compliant with PED, ATEX, EU and other regional standards and certifications.


Biffi’s commitment to quality concerns not only products, but also the company ethical standards in daily business practices, towards workers, environment and the wider community, recognized by several main certifications.


SA 8000 - Social accountability standard

ISO 9001 - Quality management system

ISO 14001 - Environmental management system

BS OHSAS 18001 - Occupational health and safety assessment


Find below more information on the Biffi Quality Assurance, HSE and Social Accountability management system:

Corporate Governance


Model of Organization, Management and Control and Code of Ethics

The Legislative Decree N. 231 of 8th June 2001 has established the discipline of the administrative responsibility of the legal persons. The above mentioned decree states that a legal entity can be deemed responsible, and consequently sanctioned, of certain crimes committed or attempted by its Directors as well as by its employees and partners to advantage the company itself. According to the provisions of the Decree, a company can be relieved from responsibility, provided that an organization model, able to prevent the crimes considered in the above mentioned Decree, is adopted and successfully implemented. 

Our company, as per deliberation of the Board of Directors held on 27th September 2006, in compliance with the principles stated in the Decree, has adopted its own Code of Ethics and Organization and Management Model and has nominated a Supervisory Body with independent decision authority and control. The Code of Ethics, the Organization & Management Model and the procedural framework developed by the company have been implemented in compliance with the regulations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (OECD). 

Since 2006, the company has updated its Organization and Management Model (now named “Model of Organization, Management and Control”) and Code of Ethics several times, on the basis of the following motivations: 

  • firstly, the organizational changes which occurred to the company and, in general, to the Group
  • secondly, it was deemed necessary to assess the existing risks with reference to the categories of offences introduced by the Legislator in the Legislative Decree over recent years

In particular, as per deliberation of the Board of Directors held on March 30th, 2017 the company adopted the fifth edition of its Model of Organization, Management and Control and Code of Ethics. 

With the processing of the above mentioned documents, the company aims at tracing conduct guidelines that need to be strictly followed by all of its employees and partners in the management of the company’s relationships, by following ethic values and principles of honesty, integrity, professional correctness, respect of laws and regulations and transparency of operations. 

Enclosed documents: 


All the third parties having necessity of additional information about the Model of Organization, Management and Control of Biffi Italia S.r.l. will have to send a request to the following address: 


Supervisory Body

c/o Biffi Italia S.r.l. 
Strada Biffi, 165
29017 Fiorenzuola d’Arda (PC) 

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