Innovation and
production
of the highest standard

The stoves we want to sell in three years must be developed and designed today. This is why we have 14 people working constantly in our own research and testing laboratory to develop new products and enhancements. In addition, research and development at RIKA always focuses on sustainability. Wood is a valuable resource. To us, using it efficiently is as much a part of sustainability as constantly working to reduce emissions.

Our philosophy

“We’re working today on the stoves of tomorrow!”

Manuel Kössl, Technology & Innovation Manager

“Top quality for you.”

Reinhard Trippacher, Peter Schwarzenbrunner

Leading innovations

In 1989 we became the very first company to introduce pellet stove technology to Europe and are still the market leader in this sector today.

  • Concept meeting
    Feedback from the market and from our customers, combined with new findings which build on our many years of experience, provide a constant stream of ideas for new developments and innovations. Our innovation team works out an initial concept for new product development.
  • Heating prototype design
    Professional 3D CAD software is used to design an initial .
  • Heating prototype manufacture
    Several heating prototypes are manufactured, which undergo numerous tests and inspections.
  • Heating prototype tests
    Our team in the testing lab fine-tunes the heating prototype until the flue gas values and combustion characteristics meet our high standards.
  • Several visual designs to choose from
    Once the heating prototype is completed, the right visual appearance must be chosen.
  • Model making
    To better assess the proportions of the finished stove, several small-scale models are made in different design versions.
  • Design and assembly of complete prototypes
    The visual design and the findings from the heating prototype tests are integrated fully into the design of complete product prototypes.
    Various prototypes will be required according to the complexity of the new development, until the design reaches the pre-production stage.
  • Release
    After at least three months of field testing and some pre-production modifications, the new RIKA stove is released for standard production and introduced onto the market.

Heating technology
made in Austria

Our stoves are predominantly made in Austria. In our two production plants in Micheldorf and Adlwang, around 240 employees manufacture high quality pellet and woodburning stoves with the aid of highly advanced machinery. However, the final assembly and subsequent quality inspection are still performed manually by our experts.

The following slideshow gives you a brief insight into our production environment:

Made in Austria for 60 years.

  • Precise laser cutting
    Every stove starts out as a simple sheet of metal. In the first step of production, these metal sheets are automatically cut to size by our high precision lasers, which are accurate to a tenth of a millimetre. This cutting is based on CAD data produced by our own design engineers using the latest 3D drawing programs.
  • Punched parts
    Depending on shape and quality, some parts are also made on our highly advanced turret punch presses
  • High volume parts
    High volume parts are manufactured on Austria's only flexible coil punching machine, which processes rolls of sheet metal weighing up to five tonnes
  • High volume parts
    High volume parts are manufactured on Austria's only flexible coil punching machine, which processes rolls of sheet metal weighing up to five tonnes
  • Taking shape
    The cut blanks are now pressed into their final shape on one of our 10 press brakes, which are operated on a two-shift basis.
  • Automated bending
    Large parts with sheet thickness of up to 2.5 mm are bent on our automatic bending presses
  • Robotic welding
    In the next step, our fully automatic welding robots weld the sheet metal parts together. The stove's sheet metal housing is now complete.
    Anything that the robots cannot manage is done by our highly qualified welders.
  • Surface preparation
    Next the sheet metal parts are degreased or blast-cleaned in an advanced, fully automatic degreasing facility.
  • Painting
    All the parts are painted on an overhead conveyor circuit with integrated drying.
    After painting, the entire surface is checked again for flaws.
  • Manual final assembly of the pellet stove
    The final assembly of the pellet stoves is performed on a production line by our skilled workforce.
  • Final quality control
    Upon completion, every one of our stoves is carefully inspected once more for correct function and appearance.
  • Warehousing and shipping
    The finished stoves and all their accessories are stored in warehouses where they are picked, packed and shipped to our dealers worldwide.

A look behind the scenes of stove production