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History

Fichet-Bauche is one of the most prestigious names in the field of security, with a history spanning four centuries.

Fichet-Bauche Timeline

1825
Alexandre Fichet opens a locksmiths in Paris.

1840
Fichet makes his first modern fire-resistant safe. Demand for the safe leads to the opening of factories in Lyon and Marseille.

1862
Alexandre Fichet dies and the company changes hands.

1864
Auguste-Nicolas Bauche, expert in fire-resistant materials, begins to produce safes and sets up his first factory in Gueux, near Reims.

1879
The Fichet company builds its first bank strongroom with rentable safety deposit lockers.
 
Bauche conducts a unique experiment by locking the equivalent of 100 000 francs into one of his safes and subjecting it repeatedly to fire. The bank notes emerge intact.

1895
Bauche's new fire-resistant, armour-plated safe becomes a huge success.

1917
Another Fichet factory opens in Sens followed two years later by new branches in Italy, Argentina, Spain, Belgium, Romania and Brazil.

1926
The Fichet company installs its first industrial alarm and surveillance network.

1967
After many years at the forefront of their respective areas of expertise, the Fichet and Bauche companies merge.

1999
Fichet-Bauche becomes a member of the Gunnebo Group.
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