Published on giugno 18th, 2014 | by Raffaella Capritti0
INDUSTRIA CHIMICA ADRIATICA S.P.A.
Via Sandro Pertini, 52 - 62012 Civitanova (MC) - ITALY
Phone +39 0733 8080 - Fax +39 0733 808140
Production: special coatings for wood
Specialists in the formulation, manufacture and marketing of special coatings for wood
The enhancement of quality is an objective that ICA Group pursues on a number of different levels, through the quality-focused innovation of its products and services; the commitment to full utilization of the expertise of its human resources; the winning of substantial market share both domestically and internationally; the achievement of maximum customer satisfaction; and the constant reduction of the environmental impact of its coatings.
Research and Development
One of ICA Group’s main strategic assets is the fact that its corporate culture is based on a commitment to achieving maximum quality through innovation.
This principle has underpinned the group’s every initiative and strategic decision from the very beginning, thus guaranteeing the development of products that are at the cutting edge, both in terms of quality and in terms of technology.
The R&D department comprises a number of lab teams, in which chemists, researchers and analysts co-operate and interact closely.
The R&D operations are targeted, in the main, at coatings, pigments, stains and impregnating agents, but also at quality controls on raw materials and finished products with a view to conducting the practical tests that will determine their suitability to the various application systems.
ICA Group has set aside an entire area within the research and development laboratory for the conducting of chemical/physical tests on its applied products.
These tests are carried out on coated surfaces, not only during the experimental phase but also – at the client’s specific request – on the basis of the requirements of the certifying bodies.
The aim is to enhance the technical characteristics of the finished product and to avoid the emergence of defects during use.
The availability at the lab of all the most important types of systems utilized by companies to coat wood and other materials makes it possible not only to test the formulated products under a wide variety of conditions but also to allow the client to evaluate the coating in terms of its application performance.
Thanks also to their direct contact with the leading international manufacturers of application systems, ICA Group’s technicians are able to advise the client on the best system configuration as early as the planning phase.
This helps to achieve not only excellent results but also full customer satisfaction in terms of the return-on-investment.
At the production plant in Civitanova Marche, the manufacturing cycle is highly automated.
It uses computerized systems that ensure perfect replicability of the production recipes, precision weighing of the different substances involved in the production cycle and maximum safety in the handling of dangerous substances.
All of this, in turn, guarantees the quality of the finished product, although – against a backdrop of ever-increasing automation – the checks carried out by the operators, who are knowledgeable, experienced and extremely attentive, remain essential.
Once the production phase per se has been completed, tests are conducted on each batch in order to verify that the product corresponds to the stated requirements. If the coating passes these quality-control tests, it is ready to be filtered and packaged for sale.
The warehouse in Civitanova Marche for the storage of finished products is the group’s outgoing logistics center, where products that have been sold are sorted in preparation for dispatch to the clients and stock is sent out to the depots and branches (which are located both within Italy and further afield).
The facility makes it possible to accelerate the pace of the shipping, standardization and storage operations, minimize the order lead times, manage the packaged batches and optimize the supply levels.
In addition, it also provides all-important real-time access to the inventory held at the central facility and at all of the branches.
ICA Group has always been able to guarantee high standards in terms of its short lead times and on-time deliveries, thanks also to this innovative logistical infrastructure.
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