Bydgoska Fabryka Narzędzi „Befana - Vis”
Bydgoska Fabryka Narzędzi „Befana – Vis” for the past 153 years of its existence, “Befana – Vis” – Bydgoszcz. Tool Factory has been developing under many social and economic orders that swept Poland. The factory’s history goes back to mid-19th century when firstcraft-and-industrial teams were formed in Bydgoszcz. What later became our factory was one of such crafts’ teams which, from 1852, was employed in the production of mangles. Three years later it evolved into a big factory situated at Marcinkowskiego Street No 8, which is still our factory’s main site.
In 1915, our factory was taken over by Polish company Granogsa and Kozłowski. The company’s profile was changed into the tools sector: „blacktools” (i.e.forgedtools) and files. In 1923 the factory was annotated as Bydgoszcz Factory of Files and Tools. It produced a wide assortment of files in great range of sizes and of varied purpose. Most of them was labelled as „extra quality.”
Thanks to a series of modernisation processes that followed in the years 1927-1939, BEFANA became the biggest producer of files in Poland. It was awarded many medals at national and international fairs (1927 – Grand Prix in Paris; 1929 – a medal at National Fairs in Poznań).
In the 1950s Befana started production of needle files and in 1978 diamond tools. In the 1980s further expansion of production range followed. BEFANA introduced rasps and milled tooth files which had not been produced in Poland before.
An important date for our 153-years-old factory constitutes 1 October 1989. This is when BEFANA was transformed into a joint venture company.
BEFANA puts great importance to high quality of products, complying with all the agreements of contracts, keeping up with the changing market and fulfilling the needs of the Polish market.This is why our assortment has been constantly expanding (in 1989 there were 600 items, currently there are over 7000 items).
In 2005 Bydgoska Fabryka Narzędzi “BEFANA – VIS” received a title the ”Export Leader” of Kujawy and Pomerania region.