Ricerca Chimica Group is one of the leaders in Europe for the metal surface treatments. Their strength: a 360° Consultancy and an excellence achieved in more than 30 years of serious and recognized presence in the international market, as designers and manufacturers of cutting-edge solutions of metal surface treatments for industrial use 

Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company?

The Group has been operating for over 35 years in the field of surface metal treatments as manufacturer of CHEMICAL PRODUCTS, ELECTROCHEMICAL EQUIPMENT, PLANT and subcontracted SPECIALIZED PROCESSING. Being an European Leader in this sector and holder of many registered patents, RICERCA CHIMICA GROUP relies on three internal RESEARCH LABORATORIES dedicated to development and improvement on technical/chemical innovative products, in compliance with environmental and work safety standards. The company has cutting-edge technologies to guarantee a saving in terms of time and energy consumption, it also offers Tailored Solutions for the treatment on Stainless Steel, Titanium, Aluminium, Copper, Nickel, Brass and Iron. The Company designs and builds Plants for Electropolishing, Electropickling, Multi-material Passivation, Anodizing, Etching, Electropolishing on Titanium as well as Waste Water Treatment Systems for the treatment of all provided chemistry. 

E.E: What’s the news about new products/services?

Within manufacturing of metal components, surface finishing is a significant part of the product value. Ricerca Chimica Consulting Division has been created to provide assistance during design phase, finishing choice and even during manufacturing process, with upcoming maintenance, including the whole cycle for finishing process in its analyses.

E.E: What are the ranges of products/services?

The experience coming from the successful dealing with 120.000 cases in more than 75 Countries around the world, Scientific Studies and Laboratory Simulations based on International Standards, represent a key tool for Companies operating in compliance with the highest quality standards, that have to distinguish themselves by their technological superiority in their reference market. Patents on Treatment Technologies aimed to Stainless Steel and Titanium alloys, provide a competitive advantage due to integration of unique and incomparable solutions. The Project Team assigned to Customer has the necessary skills to run a 360 ° Analyses, framing the starting situation and planning a shared path aimed to achieve proper quality for its production, in accordance with the budgetary constraints set for each project.

The companies’ need for operational efficiency under quality standards on their target market is given by “360° Consulting Service”, that means:

  • Analyses and specialised surveys conducted with specific equipment
  • Project starting for Scientific Research, aimed to “ad personam” Technological Solutions
  • Simulations for corrosion kinetics phenomena on representative samples of its production
  • Definition of the Operational Intervention Plan, pre-treatment and post-treatment
  • Inspection checks on Production Output
  • Long-life Consultancy

E.E: What is the state of the market where you are currently active?

Since we work world-wide our market is constantly growing, and the request of tailored chemical products for Stainless Steel and Titanium is rocketing 

E.E: What can you tell us about market trends?

We see a continuous request coming from captive and new emerging markets, especially from India and Saudi Arabia 

E.E: What are the most innovative products/services marketed?

Inox System MAKE UP: the Cosmetics of Metal® is most recent technology we launched.

As you know, cosmetics represents the set of activities, techniques and arts related to cosmetics or, by extension, to that which improves pleasantness, appearance and aesthetics. The word derives from the Greek: κόσμος (kósmos) meaning ‘order’, hence kósmesis, i.e, to tidy, beautify, make something seem younger.

The innovative INOX SYSTEM MAKE UP device was created with the aim of tidying up, beautifying, renewing, restoring metal surfaces especially on Stainless Steel.

A technologically advanced device, Inox System MAKE UP is capable of performing the complete Stainless Steel Cycle using non-corrosive products: Degreasing, Deoxidation, Pickling, Electrochemical Polishing, Instant Burnishing, Passivation, Electrochemical Marking, this is the Certified Complete Cycle in compliance with ASTM B117 and ASTM A967.  This environmentally friendly device is able to process TIG, PLASMA, LASER, ORBITAL RESISTANCE and MIG welding instantaneously, efficiently, without waste, with emissions ‘SIGNIFICANTLY INFERIOR THAN THE MINIMUM HAZARD THRESHOLD’. The device RC INOX SYSTEM MAKE UP can be upgraded and customized remotely according to treatment and finishing requirements. The device is manufactured in compliance with European Union safety standards and is CE-marked, it has unique user tools: electrochemical brushes of different sizes, different sets of buffers, a 1 cm tip for retouching, up to a 35 cm torch for the treatment of large surfaces safely and efficiently.

The System embodies the Technology and the New Waveforms able to quickly break down tough oxides, accessories and protective material designed specifically to maximize the use for Chemical Products not hazardous to the Operator, with the highest performance.

  • The most powerful System in the world for the Stainless Steel Treatment (Unique remotely reprogrammable System via USB port, enabling a different reaction of the System depending on the type of Welding: TIG, MIG, Electrode, Submerged Arc, etc.)
  • The fastest System in the world for the pickling process, through different sets of Torches, electrochemical Brushes and Multiple Brushes, able to perform the whole Stainless Steel cycle: degreasing, decontamination, pickling, multi-material passivation, deoxidation (for maintenance), electropolishing, marking process.
  • The System allows two operators to work with a single unit at the same time.
  • The System allows the treatment on polish surfaces: it does not make matt the treated area.
  • The System ensures Instantaneous Maintenance through corrosion removal, renewing Stainless Steel surface.
  • Incomparable speed: the width of torch tool can reach 350 mm and beyond with the Monster model device.
  • The treatment carried out using RC INOX SYSTEM MAKE UP is CERTIFIED and it guarantees an high resistance against corrosion thanks to the multi-material Passivation, having performances to Nitric Acid.
  • 100% Made in Italy: the System and the Chemical Products are manufactured in our Facilities.
  • Through the MONSTER version of INOX SYSTEM MAKE UP, even on large surfaces customization of performances is achievable.

E.E: What estimations do you have for the beginning of 2024?

Positive, even if the international instability is not helping the general mood, it seems that the entrepreneurs are fixed on their targets, investing for the future. So, we expect to continue to grow even in this year.