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Covit: Origins


Fortiá Bofill installs the first hardware and plumbing workshop in Torelló. He completes various repair projects with regard to the construction of tools and pots. He soon becomes a recognized craftsman.



The rise of the textile industry in the region, thanks to the strength of the currents of the river Ter, creates a greater demand for lathing, a traditional activity. Bofill invents the first metal ferrules to prevent wear, extending the life of these wooden parts.1860.jpg


Bofill builds the first Bridge System Press to facilitate drawing and cutting operations. This signifies an important leap in effectiveness and permits regular mass production.maquina1.jpg


Another decisive breakthrough: Bofill buys a German Wheel Press, equipped with an electric motor. Its transmission is used to operate the first machine, built by him, to cut the edge of the ferrules and fold them by using a pedal.


Founder Fortiá Bofill passes away. His son Joan becomes the person responsible for what is emerging as a company. Production has thus far concentrated on ferrules for the textile industry but improvements in the moulds, the new process of spin threading, and the increase of the number of machines makes the shop ready for diversification to any product that can be obtained through the deformation of sheet metal.


The new company begins to make ferrules for tool handles and similar applications. Soon after, a decisive product line is produced for the expansion of the company: light bulb fittings.casquillos.jpg


From this year until the Spanish Civil War, the company experiences an important evolution. It is consolidated as a leading supplier of vitrified bulb caps, fittings and ferrules on the domestic market, and begins to make new products such as boxes and lids made of brass and aluminium for the perfume, laboratory, food, cleaning product, and industrial markets. The company becomes a technological leader in the transformation of sheet metal.


The industry is registered under the name Electro-Metallurgical Vitri.


During the war, the company is collectivized and becomes responsible for making bullets for Mauser rifles. Given the need to continue making fittings, caps, and other parts needed for the daily life of the country, the company constructs a new building. When the war ends, normal industrial activities are resumed without any problems.



Joan Bofill retires. These years are characterized by great instability and little technological advancement. The impossibility of importing and difficulty in obtaining raw materials make everything difficult. A new product line is added: small electrical appliances.1935.jpg


The company Electro-Metallurgical Vitri changes from a personal company to a private company.


The turnover of the company reaches 10 million pesetas, 60% of which corresponds to plain light bulbs,  22% caps, 12% ferrules, and 6% electrical equipment. A total of 140 people work in the factory.


This period is characterized by the slow yet steady growth of the Spanish economy and the company's activities. The technology gap with respect to foreign companies is high due to the country's isolation since 1936.  Representatives begin to travel abroad to visit competing companies to import machinery, with much difficulty at the outset.estudio.jpg


The company builds a small facility for bulk anodizing to start colouring simple covers.


Sales reach 110 million pesetas. The increasing diversity of products the company manufactures, and the consolidated variety of technologies, take a more independent evolution. The main sections are devoted to the bulb fittings (47%) and metal lids and caps (33%).


With the onset of plastic coils, the department eliminates the production of ferrules for the textile industry due to their immediate obsolescence.


The company eliminates many complicated parts from small electrical equipment where a process improvement method is no longer possible. The company keeps producing ferrules for tools and some electrical pieces. Neither is considered feasible for the future. A new and interesting product line emerges that can be improved and promoted: luxury caps.


"Componentes Metálicos" is founded in a separate new building located in the area of Torelló known as Puigbacó, with its own anodizing department.


Constitution of the independent, private company Covit, S.A.covit.jpg

Covit: History

Covit's first activities date back to 1857. In the region of Barcelona where the factory currently resides, there was back then a large textile industry network that supplied small parts made by metal stamping.
Throughout more than a hundred years, the original activity of the company became more diversified to cater to various markets, including the electrical industry (the company manufactured vitrified caps for lightbulbs and bulb threads), the food industry (the company produced twist-off caps for jars), and many other industrial applications (including components for tools and valves).
Since 1975, Covit has specialized in the production of aluminium components for products such as high-end perfumes and cosmetics which require both high accuracy and functionality. The company's focus is always on quality and service.
To serve new markets, the company integrates two different industrial activities: the deep drawing of aluminium and anodizing, an electro-chemical process that allows finishing the pieces with the required strength and colouring.
Based on hard work and success, Covit has steadily built a reputation for reliability and technical soundness. Today, Covit is a recognized and essential partner in the international market.
In July 2010, Covit was purchased by Phi Industrial Acquisitions. The new leadership seeks to strengthen Covit's market position by redesigning and improving its technical equipment.