At the 2023 edition of the international Fakuma trade fair, the Sirmax Group will present several new products. Among the innovations are compound formulations with a high percentage of recycled material with special aesthetic and performance features. The Italian company, headquartered in Cittadella (Padua) and specializing in the production of polypropylene compounds, thermoplastic compounds, green compounds, and biopolymers for various applications, remains committed to sustainability and the circular economy.
Sirmax will be exhibiting at Fakuma in Hall B2, booth 2207.
Sirmax's latest frontier in product innovation lies in its Naturally Inspired material range. Through special finishes and embossing, polymers from this range can simulate natural effects such as stone, marble, granite, fabric, wood, or a starry sky. Depending on customer specifications and their CO2 reduction goals during the product's lifecycle, the percentage of post-consumer and bio-based materials within the formulation can be included in different percentages.
The Italian company has formulated a polypropylene compound with 5% talc additive and containing 30% recycled material derived from post-consumer waste (dumpster waste). This compound from the Green Isofil family resembles the mechanical and aesthetic characteristics of virgin plastic, offering a valid alternative. The Sirmax-branded door panel offers an innovative solution: The improved material retains impact or scratch-resistant properties, resolves stickiness and odor, but, most importantly, its carbon footprint is reduced by up to 21% compared to 100% virgin raw material.
"We are achieving excellent results in the automotive sector thanks to the work of our R&D centers," stated Sirmax Group President and CEO Massimo Pavin. "The automotive world is going through an epochal transformation – the increasing adoption of the electric car is undeniable proof of this. But there are also issues around post-consumer plastic use and end-of-life waste. Car manufacturers are asking questions about redesigning cars that can be sustainable even after they are used, and we are accompanying them on this transformative journey."
At Fakuma 2023, in addition to the compound intended for the automotive sector, the Sirmax Group will be presenting some formulations for the electrical and appliance sector, derived from pre-consumer plastic.
These materials are specifically engineered for switch plates or small appliances The recycled material from industrial waste is additivated with special pigments with a dotted effect that emphasize its origin. These formulations meet a particular market demand from clients who seek recycled material and wish to highlight it in order to declare their sustainability efforts.
After dedicating an entire production line to its polypropylene-based flame-retardant compound at its US facility in Anderson (Indiana), Sirmax has turned to the two plants in India, a joint venture with the Tipco Group (Autotech-Sirmax India Pvt. Ltd.). Two major expansion projects are planned here. The first involves upgrading the existing Palwal plant. New investments in machinery were unveiled last month with the installation of advanced, high-speed, high-yield extruders, along with laboratory equipment. The production space will be expanded by approximately 7,000 square meters for a capacity increase of 15ktpa. There will be an additional 4 lines, along with new warehouses and automated material handling systems.