Salchi Metalcoat S.r.l.

SALCHI is an innovative leading SME specialized in the manufacturing of industrial coatings.

SALCHI net sales amount to 59 mio .€ focusing on 2 industrial areas:
i) Varnishes, enamels and metal decorations inks for rigid metal packaging;
ii) Coil coatings, adhesives and inks for packaging and industrial use.
SALCHI employs ca 110 people, of which ca. 30% in R&D and Quality Control. The production plant is fully automated with vessels, piping and grinding machines dedicated to specific product lines. SALCHI has dedicated R&D labs, quality control and testing facilities to develop proprietary resins used for manufacturing varnishes and enamels. Staff includes specialized chemists and plant technicians. The SME is certified ISO 9001 for the quality system, ISO 14001 (environmental management) and OHSAS 18001 (safety). HACCP standards are also used for manufacturing of varnishes and enamels for food-contact metal packaging applications. Chemical raw materials are listed in the US FDA list and processed according to the EU GMP guidelines. The plant is inspected and approved by leading can makers on a regular basis. Production output is approximately 16.000 tons p.a. of coatings, varnishes, enamels and inks mainly sold in the EU, Med and Far East. Customers are industrial metal canmakers, coil and foil coaters. The products for canmakers include solvent-based and water-based coatings for 2 and 3 piece cans, for metal closures, can ends, pails and tubes and aerosol cans. The products for coil coatings application include solvent-based coatings for architecture, packaging and industrial uses.

Role in the project

SALCHI expects to industrialize the demonstration results by producing innovative bio-lacquer based on tomato cutin. The resin has to be available in industrial quantities, at competitive cost. Further it expects to formulate and commercialize a new BPA free lacquer for metal cans: 1) food-packaging (human, baby, pet), 2) caps & closures (beverage, pharma), 3) aerosol (cream) and 4) beverages.

Key staff

Sebastiano Brenni, Managing Director, holding a degree in business administration is working in the coatings industry since 1987. He was member of the European Managing Council of Basf Coatings. He joined SALCHI in 2001.

Valter Orlandi, Technical Director, holding a degree in Chemistry is working in the coatings industry since 1981. He was Laboratory Manager at Inmont, later Basf Coatings and later PGG Industries; joined SALCHI in 1998. He is member of the CEPE Can Sector Group in Bruxelles.


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