RadiciGroup Receives Financial Support for LIFE-Inno.Pro.Wire Project
The all-Italian pilot project LIFE-Inno.Pro.Wire, stemming from a partnership between two major Italian multinationals: Maccaferri Industrial Group (through its companies Officine Maccaferri SpA and SAMP SpA) and RadiciGroup (through Radici Novacips SpA), was among the proposals selected for the European Commission’s LIFE+ programme, the European Union financial Instrument for the environment.
The LIFE-Inno.Pro.Wire project aims to design an innovative process with lower environmental impact for producing extruded steel wire to be used in making metal net protection and containment structures. The sustainability aspect of the project is the use of polyamide 6 (PA6 engineering plastics from the Radilon range) as a viable alternative to PVC for coating the steel wire.
Indeed, the entire traditional process, in which steel wire is zinc-plated and then PVC coated, is an energy hog. The conventional process also has a significant environmental impact due to the chloride and salt solution treatment during the melting phase and the disposal of the zinc melt bath waste. The idea put forth by Officine Maccaferri is the development of a new and innovative production process in which the zinc coating phase is eliminated. Polyamide 6 plays a central role in this project, because, compared to PVC, it ensures better technical and environmental performance.
Cesare Clausi, Europe business manager of the RadiciGroup Plastics Business Area, expressed great satisfaction for the collaboration with Maccaferri: ”We are proud to be a partner in the LIFE-Inno.Pro.Wire project. The contribution we can make to this project is defined by the approach we take and the competence of our Group on the sustainability front. Our system, which is set up for the internal management of product environmental declarations and for which we have recently obtained EPD Process Certification, and our recent trial testing of PEF methodology allow us to measure the environmental impact of our polyamide in a rigorous manner. This enables us to provide information based on scientifically verifiable and comparable data for the LIFE-Inno.Pro.Wire project as well. Environmental impact and performance are variables that we take into account starting from the initial development stage of our polyamides.”
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