About us


When it was founded in 1922, the RIPPES factories specialised in the design of welding equipment and then progressively acquired a great know how in the control of the flame, gas and safety elements, which were already very innovative.


In addition to technical innovations, the company also developed a network of dealers throughout the world. To support this growth, the company SEFMAT was founded.


SEFMAT develops an innovative ignition system as well as aluminium extension tubes, which make it possible to work farther and cover ground surfaces. Thanks to this innovation, several fields of application emerge; ecological weeding is not very widespread at this time.


The “Labbé” law published on 8 of February 2014, which prohibits the use of chemical pesticides by public authorities and private individuals under certain conditions, has led SEFMAT to propose an innovative solution of thermal weed control, through the creation of its own division “RIPAGREEN®”.


After a long development process, a first offer is made to the communes and the innovative value of this product being awarded the Innovation Prize at the trade fair “Salon Vert” in Paris. The RIPAGREEN adventure begins and the dealer network quickly spreads throughout Europe.


The assortment expands and RIPAGREEN offers a range of hot air weeding equipment covering all types of grounds. Innovation, that is the foundation for our further development, which is constantly linked to feedback from the field. An ergonomic backpack is patented, the Mobility Kit and Easy + Kit complete the range.


The Autonomy Kit was developed to meet the demands for more autonomy and surface coverage. A frame that allows the connection of several gas bottles, thermal lances and 15-metres hose reels.


Through constant investment in research and development, RIPAGREEN aims to meet the demands for reliability, quality and variety of surfaces to be treated. More on this in the next episode…