Our History


Established in France in 1925

Creation of the French family-owned company Aldes (Atelier Lyonnais
D'Emboutissage Spécial) specialized in the cutting, stamping
and manufacturing of metal aeration grilles.

1960s - Regulatory changes

New regulations for residential
ventilation introduced in France.

1970s - First CMEV solutions

Launch of self-balanced controlled mechanical exhaust ventilation
and heat recovery ventilation under
the Aldes brand.

1980s - 30% share of the residential ventilation market
The Aldes group breaks into the commercial premises market


Invention of humidity-controlled ventilation - with both incoming and outgoing airflows regulated by atmospheric humidity.


Integration of the company SGEI, launching the Group onto the Fire Protection market (fire dampers and smoke extractors) for aeraulic ductwork.

• The opening of the first international subsidiaries (Italy, USA, Belgium).

• Bruno Lacroix the founder's son, becomes CEO of Aldes.


• Acquisition of HCI from Usinor group. Aldes manufactures HVAC ductwork and accessories.

1990s - Business diversification


Launch of Central Vacuum Cleaning System


Following a long tradition of innovation, Aldes launches a range of active sound attenuators for aeraulic ductwork.


Acquisition of GB2000, specialist in CVC systems in France.


Aldes creates Températion®, a thermodynamic ventilation system that combines ventilation and air cooling.


Aldes becomes European leader in CVC systems.


Launch of a new, innovative generation of Isone® circular evolutionary fire dampers.

2000s - Turn towards Temperature Control and the commercial market


Integration of Euro Register, specialist in the manufacturing of grilles and diffusers.

Creation of Acthys subsidiary in France, specialized in natural and low pressure ventilation in building renovation projects.


Design of a new logistics strategy leading to the setting up of the Mions logistics center (69 - France).

Creation of "La Maison de l'air", a network of installers, retailing Ventilation, Heating, Air cooling, Domestic Hot Water, and CVC systems to private individuals.


Acquisition of the company Climovent in Italy, a wholesale specialist in ductwork and accessories.


Launch of domestic Températion® with multi-function T.Zen and T.Flow systems, temperature control by air.

• Capital investment in Airpac, air/water and water/water heat pump manufacturer.

Creation of the "Store Online" website, for online sales to private individuals.


Launch of complementary technologies in heat recovery thermodynamic ventilation: night ventilation, Canadian airshafts...

2010s - The Aldes Group becomes an Indoor Air Quality and Temperature Control solutions global player.


Acquisition of the Canadian company - Air 2000, specialists in HRV systems for the North American residential and commercial premises market.


Acquisition of the company Ribo in France, specialists in solutions for heating, air cooling, and treatment of air based on reversible air heating pump systems.

• Stanislas Lacroix, Bruno Lacroix's son and the founder's grandson, becomes President of Aldes Group.


The Aldes Group confirms its goal to reinforce its international presence.
The Aldes Group is a multi-brand group positioned as a global leader in air quality, temperature control, and human safety solutions.
The Aldes Group becomes an Indoor Air Quality and Thermal Comfort solutions global player.

A new step forward for ALDES : Exhausto joins the Groupe
ALDES, has just bought 100% of the share of the Danish company EXHAUSTO, a key player in the market of air handling units for multi-family and commercial buildings. In 2015, Exhausto generated a turnover of 63 million euros with a total of around 300 employees.

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