The company was set up as Officine e Smalterie Vicentine by Enrico DellOrto. The early enamelling works quickly developed into a production operation that became the first Italian company to market built-in kitchen appliances.
Smalvic successfully introduced its built-in appliances in the “fitted kitchen” category at the Milan Trade Fair. In those days, the kitchens were pressed, enamelled and assembled entirely in-house.
he company built on its flair for market flexibility, specialising in producing ovens and hobs, some under the Smalvic brand and others on behalf of the major Italian kitchen manufacturers (including Arclinea, Snaidero and Febal); Smalvic appliances began to be marketed in Italy through specialised distributors in Milan, Florence, Rome, Ancona and Naples, and also to appear in designer kitchens.