Kyotherm benefits from the industrial experience of several generations in the generation of thermal energy, including biomass. This history, made of pioneering spirit, innovation and success, gives Kyotherm and its management the values and energy to ensure a sustainable development of our partnerships, with a sense of our impact on future generations.
Some facts of this history of more than 150 years:
- In 1838, Joseph Zani, the great-great-great-grandfather of the founder of Kyotherm, left the region of Santa Maria Maggiore in Italy to overcome the economic difficulties of this poor region and moved to Dole in France. His stated profession at that time was “installing and repairing wood furnaces and fireplaces”.
- In 1845, a trade almanac indicates the presence of Zani and cousins at 20 Grande Rue in Dole, with the profession “poêlier” (“Poêlier” : one that manufactures, sells and installs stoves and wood burning installations). That same year, the family and the company moved into the city of Besancon.
- In 1856, business took a good swing, the company had two workers and three apprentices. For naturalization purposes, the Mayor of Besançon wrote in a letter to the prefect that “Sieur Andre Zani, who is associated with his father, benefits from public esteem”.
- In 1870, Louis Alphonse Clere, a professor at the Ecole Normale, married the only daughter of the family. A proof of the good health of the company, he quickly quit his position to join the company. On August 26, 1880, he filed both on its name and on behalf of the company “a patent for a continuous burning stove and ventilation”. Innovation helped increase the activity in wood boilers. Below is a poster of the family company :
- André, son of Joseph, later took over the business. His title changed as a function of the company’s progress: in 1870 he was named “stove fitter”, in 1878 he was named “merchant”, in 1899 “manufacturer”, then “industrialist” in 1907. Below is a an extract of a mail to a client, written in 1899 :
- Michel Jacquemin, great-grandson of André Zani, was admitted at the Ecole Centrale in 1959 and then joined the familly company as Chief Technical Officer. In 1978 he founded “La Thermique Franc-Comtoise” which employed 100 people and owned 7 subsidiaries when it was eventually sold.
- In 2011, Arnaud Susplugas, nephew of Michel Jacquemin and great-great-grandson of André Zani, founded Kyotherm to help develop renewable heating.