Although founded in 1997, Franchi&Kim is able to proudly boast much deeper roots. In the period of the Second World War, the "Colorificio Franchi" was born in Brescia, which conquered the local decorative market thus becoming the reference company in the area. A few years later, in 1979, in Maclodio (BS), the activity of "Kim Industrie Vernici" began, specializing in the sector of industrial paints.
In 1997, the two companies merged, creating FRANCHI&KIM Industrie Vernici S.p.A.
In 2020 Franchi&Kim and Damiani Industrial Paints set up the merger by incorporation process, changing the company's name to Estalia Performance Coatings. The new group, with the same Italian shareholding structure as in the past, has the objective of privileging and strengthening the commercial brands of the Holding, including Franchi&Kim.
Opening of Colorificio Franchi store in the center of Brescia and marketing of products dedicated to decorative sector. The retail shop becomes a reference point for the city's painters and professional applicators.
Thanks to the purchase of latest generation machinery, Franchi Vernici begins to specialize in its own production, thus expanding the offered products range in the shop.
Following the request for increasingly high-performance products, Colorificio Franchi develops Unica, the breathable water-based wall paint that will become a reference point for the professionals of the time, continuing to be used up to the present day.
By virtue of the ever growing production and commercial expansion, the color factory needs to expand its production site. For this reason, he decides to move his factory to Castenedolo, just outside Brescia.
Kim Industrie Vernici was born in Maclodio, in the province of Brescia, specializing in the production and marketing of paint products for the industrial sector.
In the world of industrial paints, the need arises to have products that are increasingly performing and long lasting. For this reason Kim Industrie Vernici studies, develops and markets ISO 90 polyurethane enamel, still one of the best-selling Franchi&Kim products.
After numerous and in-depth studies by the R&D dept for color formulation, the first tinting system is developed internally, a true precursor of modern systems.
Thanks to studies by the R&D department, the first industrial water-based products are created and marketed. This represents an important step towards gaining awareness with a view to greater environmental protection.
Creation of ColoradoMix, the first industrial tinting system. It was a revolutionary system that allowed to go beyond the concept of delivery of a whole production batch and of "ready" colors and limited in number.
Birth of first AquaMix tinting system, aligning with market needs and ecological regulations. The proposal was innovative because, in addition to offering low VOC products, the colorants system was compatible with all water-based products of decorative and industrial sector.
In the wake of the exponential growth of the market of those years, the offer by Franchi Vernici also increased. For this reason, the production plant of Castenedolo is further expanded.
GstForm, the 1st color formulation managing software, is born. It is a "primordial" database in which all the formulations used to color the products are enclosed and stored.
The merger takes place between 2 of the most important paint companies in Brescia: Franchi Vernici and Kim Industrie Vernici, creating Franchi&Kim Industrie Vernici SpA.
Entry into force of the UNI EN ISO 9001 quality management system. Although not mandatory, Franchi&Kim is among the first Italian companies to acquire this important certification.
Development of the new version of color formulation software called Databook, thanks to the simultaneous development of the operating systems. Since the beginning, the software allowed the management of formulations, labeling, TDS and MSDS.
Entry into force of UNI EN ISO 14001 environmental management system. As happened a few years earlier with UNI EN ISO 9001 standard, Franchi&Kim decides to align its control procedures indicated by the legislation.
The new finished products warehouse is inaugurated, which has more than 5.000 pallet spaces, and the commercial offices are also expanded.
The use of pigments containing lead and chromium ends, as required by European regulations.
The first Play&Color Colorimeter with 40.000 colors is marketed, closely connected with Databook P&C v.7 software.
With the firm aim of allowing users and distributors to distinguish a certified and quality product, the Colore Sicuro campaign was launched by Assovernici.
Publication of version 9 of the Databook tintometric software, with the consequent inclusion of additional functions including the ACE system (Agricultural, Construction and Earth moving equipment).
Merger by incorporation of Franchi&Kim with Damiani industrial Paints and consequent change of the company name in Estalia Performance Coatings.