FabricAir: innovating the HVAC industry since 1973
FabricAir is the story of how a small company, based in Denmark, grows to become a world leading innovator within HVAC/R, with customers across the globe and sales offices or distributors in all major regions.
The genesis of a new air dispersion technology
The era of modern fabric ducting begins in Denmark as a collaboration between the Danish Meat Research Institute and a company within the Electrolux Group, called IPS Dansk Presenning A/S, that manufactured tarpaulins. IPS Ventilation grows out of IPS Dansk Presenning into a separate company that through the years becomes FabricAir as we know it today.
The birth of a global company
Engineers continue to explore and refine airflow patterns, fabric types and suspension solutions. The new subsidiary in the Electrolux Group, IPS Ventilation A/S – a precursor of FabricAir – is established to further the product development process. IPS Ventilations begins its internationalization adventure as the technology is introduced to new markets, including the United States, which is keen to expand fabric duct usage beyond refrigeration into HVAC solutions.
A decade of innovation and ownership changes
The 1990s prove to be a decade of internationalization, new applications, innovation and new beginnings as research and development is the focal point as an array of new fabric types and flow models is launched. It is also a season of corporate maturation as the ownership structure changes several times, ultimately resulting in IPS Ventilation becoming an independent company and appearing briefly on the Norwegian stock exchange.
Global financial crisis leads to growth and expansion
The millennium finds the newly independent IPS Ventilation A/S gaining a foothold as the decade becomes a turning point in the company’s history with new subsidiaries in the UK, Turkey and Germany, new ownership and structure and an ever expanding product base.
Raising the bar in HVAC/R
The decade features the most innovative advancements yet as two more flow models, MicroFlow and JefFlow, are introduced as well as specialty products Defrost Duct and Varioduct. The advent of custom colors and seamless patterns opens a whole new world in fabric design.
Continuing expansion and growth abound as the Alytus-based production facility increases capacity by 30% to meet growing global demands and a new R&D department and AirLab are established to support product development activities. Momentum continues to build as FabricAir’s footprint grows to include Norway, Netherlands, China, Spain and Sweden.
Innovation and expansion continue
The current decade is off to a brisk start as two new innovative products are introduced. FabricAir Ceiling Diffusers are designed to provide buildings with a draft-free indoor climate and feature easy installation, flexible design and eco-friendly technology.
FabricAir Rack Flow System is an innovative multi-tier distribution solution designed for the cannabis grow industry to reduce hurtful microclimates and increase crop yields.
In 2022, FabricAir’s geographical footprint grew to include a total of 15 subsidiaries in five continents with the addition of Poland location.