Founded 55 years ago, Fimic started out in the world of recycling with the construction of cutting systems for bales and rolls of industrial waste, and then developed its technology towards more advanced forms of automation. This includes the filtration process, which today makes it a leading company in the sector, with long experience in the development of mechanical technology adapted to plastic and paper materials. Fimic's strength lies in its ability to develop 95% of the solutions it offers to the market, the result of in-house expertise, from design to construction and assembly.
Fimic's long experience in the world of recycling and plastics has also convinced it of the importance of communicating the benefits of this material, which has recently been at the centre of a campaign that has often taken on the characteristics of misinformation. These considerations have led to the creation, in collaboration with Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), the association of European recyclers, and numerous national and international players, of a project to promote the plastics and recycling chain, called AreYouR, which aims to add value to plastics at all stages, from production to end-of-life.
Erica Canaia, one of the project's founders and the company's Commercial Sales Director, talks about Fimic and its business objectives.
A green story from afar
"We have been working on sustainability for 20 years," begins Canaia. "In 2018, we launched the AreYouR project, which now has 70,000 followers in several European countries. These are figures that demonstrate the need to communicate on recycling issues and raise consumer awareness. The aim is to actively involve the sector in an outreach project that supports the system throughout the supply chain, from production to recycling, understanding the value of sector communication in support of plastic as a circular, recyclable and sustainable material, of course if it is disposed of correctly."
For Fimic, sustainability is a sensitivity that is the result of the company's culture, but also the result of reflection based on long experience in the sector. "We specialize in recycling," continues Canaia, "and our machines take care of the post-consumer phase, which is the most difficult part to manage. For us, therefore, sustainability is not a recent trend, but is at the heart of our technology, which is aimed precisely in this direction. For some years now, Fimic has been a leader in automatic screen changers, a specialisation that allows us to work with both recyclers on the market and manufacturers of complete lines. This position gives us a real overview of the market and allows us to offer a tailor-made service to our customers.
Sartorial culture also for recycling
As is often the case with Made in Italy products, Fimic's great asset is its ability to offer differentiated solutions that adapt to the needs of its customers, going beyond the concept of standardisation, which is not always the right answer, as Canaia points out: "We are the only ones on the market with different types of filters, so depending on the quality of recyclate the customer wants or the production requirements, we are able to offer the best model according to the needs. This is something that our competitors cannot do, because they generally have only one standardised model for all needs, losing sight of the specificities related to the different qualities of recyclate."
Plast preview scenario and indispensable space for comparison
Finally, a look at Plast, where Fimic is planning to unveil a new machine that represents the company's constant ability to transform itself in order to always be at the side of its customers. It is no coincidence that one of the main images of the institutional communication is a "transformer robot", representing the creative spirit, in constant transformation, but solid and functional, that underlies the technology of the Paduan company.
As far as events are concerned," concludes Canaia, "there are many, even in the context of Plast, but this is the Italian exhibition par excellence, an expression of the supremacy of Italian manufacturers, who are second only to the Germans in terms of production volume, but not in terms of the number of companies active in the sector. In fact, Italy has a higher number of companies involved in recycling, both in terms of technological development and processing. Plast is therefore the ideal stage to launch new products, but also to meet, to exchange experiences and ideas, and to look to an increasingly international future, both for our markets and for the exhibition itself, from which we expect an increasingly global outlook. This is why we are presenting in Milan a new machine that responds to the increasingly widespread market trend towards high-volume, high-quality production".