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History

2015
The group continues its investment policy: Renovation of the chain of surface treatment, new robotic solution folding TruBend 5170, TruBend 7036 new electric press.

2014
Creation of a subsidiary in Brazil.

2011
The TRATO-TLV group employs more than 180 people, generates a turnover of more than €30 million and makes 30% of its sales though its export activities..

2009
TRATO acquires a 2,500 m² logistics warehouse, bringing the surface area to more than 17,500 m², and new investments are made in mechanical punching equipment.

2008
The “LED INNOVATION” unit is set up and integrated into the Engineering Department, and a test oven is installed for heating LED products.

2007
Investment in mechanical bending equipment.

2006
Investment in computerised ERP.

2003
Investment in mechanical bending equipment.

2000
The Export unit of TRATO is set up.

1998
TLV becomes ISO 9001 certified.

1995
Implementation of CAD (Computer Aided Design). Implementation of Quality Assurance.

1994
TLV also invests in a special CNC waterjet cutting machine.

1992
The Group’s headquarters and plant are expanded bringing the total surface area of TRATO-TLV to 15,000m².

1990
Investments in production: CNC sheet metal machines – implementation of CAPM.

1989
TRATO acquires an additional 2000m² building on the Roubaix site.

1987
The first digital punching machines are used.

1985
TLV expands its export activities.

1984
The first digital presses are used. Business services for the Paris region are set up in Bourget.

1981
The company TLV (“Technique et Lumière Vernier”, i.e. Vernier Technical and Lighting Solutions) is created, specialising in hospital lighting.

1980
Francis Picha, the son of Michel Picha, is named CEO of the Group.

1976
Investment in a surface treatment and painting chain.

1973
TRATO starts providing lighting solutions for large retail chains.

1961
The Company moves to larger premises at 22 rue Molière in Roubaix. The company’s headquarters is still at this address today.

1951
TRATO increases its business by providing lighting solutions for the entire French post office network.

1947
Michel Picha sets up the family business TRATO (standing for “Travail Rationnel de la Tôle”, i.e. efficient sheet metal design) in Roubaix.