Caldara Plast: A new perspective for a greener future

The future belongs to companies that care about the environment

Under the guidance of brothers, Massimiliano, Attilio and Alessandro, Caldara Plast is increasingly distinguishing itself on the market as an industrial recycling company capable of providing a 360-degree service: from recovery of waste material, scraps, offcuts etc. to the supply of regenerated compounds, including the line of “Caldara 2nd Life” certified products. On the recovery side, the company offers suppliers the possibility to give a new life to production waste. On the compound side, the company offers customers regenerated compounds, such as industrial-grade granules and modified raw materials, all produced according to their needs. Caldara Plast is a valuable partner for customers that want to develop new formulations, thanks to the specific skills of the company’s specialised technicians able to meet all their needs.

Caldara Plast products

The thermoplastic granules are intended for the automotive, furniture, household appliance and electrical industries both in Italy (70%) and internationally (30%). During the last few months, supplies to the international market grew despite the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The main compounds produced by the company are sinLAC ABS, sinBLEND PC/ABS, sinCARB PC, sinSTYR PS, sinMID PA6 E PA66, sinTRON PPS, sinPOM POM, sinGLASS PMMA, sinKRYL SAN, sinTER PBT, sinPET PET.

The great market demand for regenerated products and the desire to make them more and more recognisable, has led Caldara Plast to certify the quality of its materials. Thus, in 2020 the company obtained the “PSV – Plastica Seconda Vita” (Plastic Second Life) mark issued by the IPPR (Institute for the Promotion of Recycled Plastics) for a series of products. These certifications guarantee the customer complete traceability of all components of the finished product and ensure that they contain a minimum percentage of recycled plastic, as well as meet strict environmental and social parameters in the production chain.

Large production capacity, speed and availability are the most suitable terms to describe this Lombardy-based production company, whose investments in the coming months will concern the production and business organisation, as well as communication and technology.

Caldara Plast production process

The company’s core business has always been the recovery of industrial processing waste, mainly from processes such as moulding, thermoforming, extrusion and blow-moulding of different types of plastics. These materials are then ground through mills at the Erba site, which is duly authorized for the recovery, transport and storage of the inputs used, which by law are considered waste. Caldara Plast directly organizes the entire cycle, from the collection of waste with the help of its own fleet of vehicles, providing companies with special tanks, roll-off skips and presses to collect the material. The material destined for recovery, once ground, is stored in the warehouses and can consequently be sold as such or sent to the Alzate Brianza site, which specializes in extrusion for the production of customized thermoplastic granules.

In the Compound Division, the ground material is thus processed and, depending on the customer’s specific requirements, it can be re-granulated without additions, or it can be additivated (with flame retardants, also halogen-free, glass fibre, carbon fibre, glass spheres, anti-static, laserable, UV, antibacterial, conductive additives, aramid fibre) and/or pigmented and then extruded with special single and twin-screw dies. All together, Caldara Plast boasts no less than 15 extrusion lines with relative mixers to homogenize production batches. Processing takes place on a continuous cycle, consequently managing to extrude, at full capacity, over 100 tonnes per day of material for a total of approximately 22,000 tonnes per year.

The division’s laboratory houses specialized technicians who constantly check the quality of the product, both incoming and outgoing, directly on site, thus personally guaranteeing high quality standards and keeping them constant over time.

Well aware of the fact that respect for the environment and the incentive to use recycled plastic are driving the markets well beyond forecasts, Caldara Plast is structuring itself in an increasingly efficient manner to respond to the consequent constantly evolving market dynamics, in line with the company mission, which is to reduce the share of non-recoverable plastic waste to a minimum and to promote the culture of using regenerated material, considerably reducing the use of virgin raw materials, where technically feasible.

Caldara Plast is increasingly convinced that the use of regenerated plastic material must increasingly be the first choice of companies that care about the environment.

The trend of recent years is to “measure” the impact that each company has on the environment and Caldara, with the support of external evaluators, has also begun to analyse its consumption of water, energy, natural gas, fuel etc. and understand your impact on the entire production cycle: from the procurement of raw materials to the manufacturing cycle up to the delivery of the material to customers. The boundary of this analysis was defined and the data from recent years was compared. The aim is to find points for improvement and efficiency and check in subsequent years whether the established objectives have been achieved. An incentive to always do better. The document constructed by referring to the internationally recognized technical standards in the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) field is called LCP – Life Cycle Perspective and has allowed the company to see first-hand how much the granules produced with post-industrial or post-recycled material consumption have a decidedly lower impact than virgin raw materials. The analysis was also confirmed for 2024.

It is the choices of companies that underline their green vocation. Caldara Plast customers know that, for the same price, they are choosing a regenerated compound that will help them to be more sustainable too.

Caldara guarantees its customers compliance with all legal authorizations for waste collection and storage, as well as with all relevant European and international regulations (RoHS, REACH, etc.). The company is also ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified.

Caldara Plast wants to let stakeholders know that plastic is a versatile material, recyclable and reusable countless times in the production process, thus reducing the environmental impact. The world production of plastics in increasingly and the recycling of plastics allows a reduction of up to 90% of CO2 emissions compared to its production. Caldara Plast’s mission is to give a second life to waste, which today can no longer be considered a second choice but the first choice of companies that care about the environment. For an increasingly greener future. Because the future belongs to companies that care about the environment – –