started the production of centrifugal fans in the early sixties. The strong request from the market, the compliance of the fans to the technical specifications and the quality of the product quickly made of Nicotra the leading company in the Italian market of light duty ventilation.

Between 1980 and 1990 Nicotra developed an European network by creating commercial subsidiaries in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Great Britain in order to increase the sales in these countries through the availability of the product in local stocks and the support to customers given by regional sales managers. In the same period Nicotra created a new plant in Tavagnacco then moved to Remanzacco and specialised in the production of fans for Air Handling Units.

The commercial success in Europe, the leading position in the Middle-East area and the strong international brand image made Nicotra to move into the Far-East market.

Between 1990 and 2003 Nicotra has opened subsidiaries in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, China and India.

In 2005 Nicotra bought the German company GebhardtVentilatoren acting in ventilation business with a strong position in the German and Northern Europe market reinforcing its international leading position.


founded in the year 1958, began producing a fan concept that was new for those times – direct driven centrifugal fans propelled by a newly developed external rotor motor. This concept of a compact fan was quickly accepted by the market thus enabling the young company to develop successfully.

The following years were characterised by steady growth in the company with an increasing range of products.

From 1984 to 1992, Gebhardt expanded by establishing and taking over companies in other European countries.

Later on, the company expanded to the Asian and North American markets establishing its own companies. In addition, Gebhardt bought a plant in Vogtland (Germany) for manufacturing external rotor motors.

Another takeover of a company enabled Gebhardt to offer heavy duty industrial and process fans to the market.

All in all, Gebhardt has developed into one of the leading fan manufacturers in the European market.