Uncompromising safety in industrial plants since 1988.
As a pioneer in industrial explosion protection, we are constantly setting new standards. For over 30 years, renowned plant operators, manufacturers and equipment suppliers have placed their trust in RICO’s certified products and services.
RICO’s success story
What began with a ground-breaking product is now a globally recognised company in the fields of explosion protection and air shut-off. As the successor company to Rickenbach & Co, we developed the very first VENTEX® in the 1970s – together with the Ciba company and with the collaboration of explosion protection luminary Dr Wolfgang Bartknecht. And so the story took its course.
The foundation stone for RICO Sicherheitstechnik AG was laid on 21 September 1988.
Move to Herisau
Previously located in St. Gallen, we continued to grow and expand – with the move to our current location, we were able to enable and maintain a more efficient production flow for ourselves and our customers.
Market launch QUADRO
The first and only rectangular gastight butterfly valve sees the light of day in the RICO product world.
Special project for submarines
At the beginning of the new millennium, we launched a gastight fire protection flap for submarines, which is now used by several European shipyards.
Introduction of RSV
We introduce the RSV explosion slide valve – already the fastest on the market at that time.
New ownership structure
Daniel Zellweger – current Chairman of the Board of Directors – takes over the majority of shares and the management of the company.
We expand our business premises in order to be able to respond to the increasingly high demand with optimum service.
We train our first apprentice as a polymechanic.
Welding robot for VENTEX® housings
Our first own welding robot ensures more quality, precision and reliability.
Special design for pharmaceuticals
We produced several RAPIDO DN1800 & DN2000 for the first time for a pharmaceutical company – completely gastight as always.
Introduction of REDEX® Slide
The explosion isolation valve offers a high safety standard at comparatively low purchase costs.
Introduction of REDEX® Flap
One of the first EN 16447 approved isolation flap valves on the market. The product is characterised by low pressure drop and lower energy costs.
New generation RSV
The RSV explosion isolation valve is now even more durable, faster and available in a new nominal width of DN500.
New generation RAPIDO
A new generation butterfly valve: easier to maintain and more durable.
A new face takes over the management
Aleksandar Agatonovic takes over the management of RICO Sicherheitstechnik AG after 4 years in the management.
New generation VENTEX®
We launch the further developed explosion isolation valve VENTEX® – it has a wider range of applications, is easier to maintain and is now also available in nominal width DN250.
We acquire building land (Nordhalde in Herisau) for our new location.
We are committed to the safety of our customers. And we are looking for reinforcement. Are you keen to join?
Working at RICO
Around 50 employees work for your safety every day.
We shall always be pleased to help if you have a request or a question. You can find your contact person below. Contact us!
Subject of quality
RICO products are characterised by their high quality and are particularly durable. The products have a spare parts guarantee of up to 20 years.
Subject of sustainability
Sustainability is close to our hearts. For this reason, RICO products are painted solvent-free and in wooden boxes without plastics.
As an international company, we are nevertheless regionally anchored. We support both local associations and international aid organisations.