Cavenaghi, a story of extraordinary technological success

Founded in 1959 by Giovanni Cavenaghi, the aim of the company was to support the foundry business with products and processing techniques that have often turned out to be revolutionary. Thanks to its significant contributions to the industry, Cavenaghi is in the position to link its history to the evolution of foundry technologies.

At the very outset of its activity, Cavenaghi was the first to introduce Cecoset (cold setting cement) in Italy. Cecoset solved the problems incurred when using curing oils for binding sand, thus making the preparation of cores with natural or synthetic oils completely obsolete.

Added to sand with cement and water, Cecoset enabled fast hardening cores and moulds to be produced, within the strictest tolerance limits. Used by major cast iron and steel foundries to produce large-scale castings, Cecoset was the first of Cavenaghi’s successes, soon to be followed by the company’s innovative interpretation of no-bake furan resins.

Cavenaghi’s commitment to improve the no-bake technology effectively led to the widespread use of furan resins in Italy.

Having become the qualified point of reference for Italian foundries, Cavenaghi consolidated its prestige in the mid-1960s with Amidine, a tapioca-starch based pre-gelatinized compound which optimized the revolutionary technique for making air-dried moulds for steel castings.

When the shortage of furfural alchol made it necessary to produce an alternative to furan resins, Cavenaghi came up with no-bake phenolic resins, which had several competitive edges over furan resins themselves, in both technical and economic terms. At the beginning of the 1970s, Cavenaghi started building the sulphonation plant that still enables the company to meet the ever-increasing demand for organic acids for curing no-bake resins, both in Italy and abroad.

Between the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s, Cavenaghi’s innovative skills were focused on developing their own polyurethane binding systems for Cold Box processes for the mass production of cores.

Cavebaghi acquired the Borden patent rights back in 1985, enabling the company to produce and market alkaline phenolic resins in Italy.

This led to the diversification that has allowed Cavenaghi to successfully meet the demands for products for decorative laminates, coatings and abrasives, as well as sodium salts for detergents. 

In themed-1990s Cavenaghi installed new high-tech reactors: entirely managed by a distributed controlled system, the reactors optimize the qualitative consistency of the resins and, thanks to a new air cooling system, it eliminates the consumption of water.

By the turn of the millennium, Cavenaghi’s competitive edge had firmly consolidated the company’s success- in the space of just a few years, a doubled output capacity allowed to cope with the ever-increasing demands of both the domestic and international market.

One of Cavenaghi’s most outstanding features is to optimise the consistency of products, which are formulated to keep up with, and often even to anticipate, customers’ requirements.

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