ICMA develops extrusion technology able to grant a SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, the use of Renewal &/or Recyclable Resources (e.g. natural fibers &/or plastic waste) and the Reduction of Energy consumption.
For this reason the following technological solutions have been focussed to solve the challanges posed by enviromental issues:
- Compounding lines for Biopolymers
- Compounding lines for Recycling
- WPC lines for composite materials (plastic / natural fiber)
- Extrusion / Compounding lines for recycled materials (sheets and profiles)
These engineering solutions, all based on corotating extruders, are unique for the following features:
» The use of low cost materials coming from production scraps of natural products and other (e.g. plastic waste) to obtain finished items having innovative features.
» Feeding of single components into the corotating extruder to obtain a homogeneous blend ready to be directly extruded into semi-finished items. Direct extrusion allows remarkable energy saving.
The Patent portfolio, enjoyed by ICMA and explained below, is a further proof of this commitment.
In the ’70 the cooperation with Solvay led to the patent for the production of wood filled PP flat sheets (Woodstock™) mainly used with great success in the automotive industry (Fiat – Ford – Nissan – Volkswagen).
Such method has been further improved and technologically adapted to the new generation of co-rotating extruders allowing the use of raw materials easily available on the market.
As further development of the above-mentioned application, ICMA has set and patented a system for the production of composite materials (Naturecore™) consisting of a multi-layer sheet (polymer with natural fillers and external mineral filled coating). This application has been developed for the agro industrial sector with the production of disposable crates, fully recoverable.