Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 18

18 * Plastics News, October 17, 2023
18 * Plastics News, October 17, 2023
FAKUMA SHOW DAILY
Fimic celebrates 60 years of
customer-fi rst plastics recycling
By Beatriz Santos
Sustainable Plastics
Not many companies can say
they've been part of the plastics
recycling industry since its inception.
Fimic srl is one of them.
The Carmignano Di Brenta, Italy-based,
family-owned manufacturer
of automatic and self-cleaning
screen changers entered the
business in 1963. The roots of
the company go back to a small
municipality between Venice and
Milan, the plastics hubs of Italy,
and the grandfather of the current
CEO, Erica Canaia.
Back then, the company built
machinery for the construction
sector. At only age 17, the second-generation
Antonio
Canaia
took
over the company in 1967
and was asked by a local customer
to produce a plastic-cutting guillotine,
which marked Fimic's entrance
to the recycling business.
Fast forward to 1996, the same
customer asked Fimic to improve
the fi lter it used in its extruder
machine, which was unable to
handle the contamination levels
of the post-consumer material it
had started recycling. Consumer
demand thus led Antonio Canaia
to invent Fimic's fi rst automatic
melt fi lter, called RAS.
" My father evaluated the customer's
demands, studied the
fi eld and invented a fi lter that can
handle the contamination levels
Fimic srl CEO
Erica Canaia,
middle, at
Fakuma 2021.
Fimic srl photo
you fi nd in post-consumer material, "
Erica Canaia told Sustainable
Plastics. " So this is how we started:
with a good customer relationship.
They had a problem, and we
found the solution. "
The RAS fi lter made the Fimic
brand known worldwide, and after
more than 550 units installed
across the globe, the company
continued to develop its technology
into the new generation ERA,
an automatic double fi lter.
A customer-centric approach
keeps driving new applications at
Fimic. " Filtration systems today are
very different than 25 years ago, "
Canaia said. " The recycling industry
has developed and so have the
fi lters. Now we have laser drilling
screens; this means that we are
going from 2 millimeters of fi ltration
until 80 microns, depending
on what the customer needs are.
We can also adapt the fi ltration to
every single kind of plastic that the
customer needs to process. "
At Fakuma, Fimic is showcasing
a solution answering customers'
requirements for higher throughputs
combined with lower maintenance
costs. Developed in 2020,
the SPA screw pump allows for
the plastic material melted by the
extruder to be transported to the
fi lter without using gears, thereby
forfeiting expensive maintenance
and replacement of gears.
Canaia is the third-generation
family member to lead the company,
and the fi rst woman. She jokes
that when she started her role 12
years ago, it was very fast to use
the toilet at trade shows because
the women's restrooms were always
empty.
While
the
industry
is
still
2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, October 24th
Sponsored by
REGISTER NOW
plasticsnews.com/numbers-that-matter-live
male-dominated, the representation
of women has been gradually
increasing over the years - women's
toilets are unlikely to be empty
at this year's Fakuma.
" Fortunately, things have
changed a lot, " the law graduate
said. " It was diffi cult at the beginning
because I was only 27 years
old. I studied a completely different
topic than plastic recycling. "
She decided for a hands-on approach
to show that gender, age
and status do not matter " as long
as you are willing to learn. "
For the fi rst four years of her
career at Fimic, she shadowed the
technicians to learn how to install
the fi lter machinery.
" I created a relationship with
the customer through this technical
support to understand how
we can help them during the entire
process, " she said.
Looking to the future, Canaia
FIMIC SRL
Hall A6,
Stand 6209
believes that Fimic and the plastic
recycling industry as a whole
need to better serve its customers
by improving communication
on greenwashing.
" I think that our industry is very
closed and we are not explaining
the good that we are doing. There
are claims out there that recycled
material has more impact on the
environment than virgin. Obviously,
we know that it's not true,
but nobody is calling them out on
it. So, I think that we need to be
more active in communicating the
benefi ts of plastic recycling. "
Battling greenwashing will also
play a role in stimulating consumer
demand for recycled plastics,
according to Canaia. Weakened
European economies and strong
infl ation rates continue to restrain
end user demand, with
recycled resin prices decreasing
over the past months. If the industry
wants to convince consumers
to keep paying a premium for
packaging with recycled content,
then they need to have the data to
show that is indeed the most environmentally
friendly option. Be
that as it may, Canaia is confi dent
the situation is bound to improve
for plastic recyclers.
" I [have worked] in this industry
since 2011, and [price decrease]
is something that has cyclically
happened. This year was a little
bit strange because it lasted more
than in the past, so we had six
months of drops when normally it
is two to three months. But the European
Union mandates 25 percent
recycled content by 2025, so the industry
will have to pick up. I think
that many producers are still not
taking note that they need to improve
their machinery, " she said.
Despite Canaia's optimism, demand
for European mechanically
recycled polymers is the lowest
it's been for several years. The
current market tightness has affected
Fimic's sales, which saw a
drop of around 20 percent compared
with last year.
" Last year, we were rushing to
produce. Everybody wanted a melt
fi lter to be stored in the next 30
days; it was a great year. So obviously
we have a drop compared to
last year, but compared to 2021, the
results were similar, with a drop of
around 5 percent, " she said.
Asked about the perspective of
a mechanical recycler on the future
of chemical recycling, Canaia
believes fi ltering systems will become
necessary once the technology
matures. In the past year, Fimic
has received inquiries from chemical
recyclers interested in using
fi ltering technology. Canaia called
for transparent sharing of information
on how the technology is
improving so that mechanical recyclers
can support it where needed.
" They are not explaining what
they are doing. The technology
needs time to adapt and improve.
They say they are doing so, but
we need to see the actual results.
We need to receive more information
from their side; we need
more partnership, " Canaia said.
http://www.plasticsnews.com/numbers-that-matter-live

Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023

Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 1
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 2
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 3
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 4
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 5
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 6
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 7
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 8
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 9
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 10
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 11
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 12
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 13
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 14
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 15
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 16
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 17
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 18
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 19
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 20
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 21
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 22
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 23
Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 24
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com