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Since 1973 solutions for the processing of rubber and silicone

Our Company

Founded in 1973, Colmec, is a world leader in the design and construction of high-tech rubber and silicone extrusion and mixing lines.

The constant research, the attention to the specific needs of the customer, the innovative solutions, the continuous control in the production process are the strengths on which Colmec has built its image and with which it has won the full trust of his customers.

To ensure the highest quality, control over the entire process must be complete. That is why we have chosen the path of integration.

Each company in the Colmec group brings the highest technical knowledge and design skills to achieve flexibility and customization of the products produced. By investing in constant research and improvement, each contributes to common success.

Vision

Build the best machinery in the world with the benefit of continuous progress for the creation of products that are essential in everyday life and that improves people’s lives

If our Vision is the ambitious dream from which we started, our MISSION defines our work

Provide innovative solutions for the rubber and silicone extrusion and mixing
market with exclusive, innovative and sustainable technologies

Vision and Mission must be supported by our VALUES that shape our company and inspire us as we work together

Our Values

A vision that guides us everyday

Passion for challenges

Always be open to every technological challenge to achieve excellence in innovation, products and performance

This is an essential value for us, as it motivates our vision and our mission.

Accountability

Bring about a sense of responsibility of individuals to increase everyone’s accountability towards job, colleagues and the company

This is a value that defines the person: being responsible assumes being correct, conscientious and having the sense of duty. Accountability entails an active attitude to involve everyone in the process of collective responsibility.

Respect

Practice respect for social, cultural differences and for the environment

Respect is a value at the base of all human relationships. If we want to improve ourselves and also the society around us, we must learn to practice respect and be attentive to the needs of our neighbours; do not have prejudices against those who are different; accept cultural differences and today, more than ever, respect the environment in which we live by avoiding waste and by practicing behaviours and care for our planet.

Win together

Win together, collaborating in the creation of knowledge, sharing and protection

Collaboration is fundamental for the achievement of goals and equally fundamental for preserving and protecting information and experience within the company to correctly manage the collective knowledge that allows us to be unique and winning.

Group

Our Group

History

Colmec’s History

From a small extruder manufacturer to a world leader in the production of complete rubber and silicone processing systems. The year was 1958 and Giannino Colombo was a capable and enterprising young man who had a great dream: to realize his organization.

1973

THE BIRTH OF A REALITY

Colmec’s first organization was born in Busto Arsizio in Via Contardo Ferrini in 1973 thanks to Giannino Colombo, a capable and enterprising young man who had the great dream of making his company.

1978

THE SECOND BUILDING

Due to COLMEC’s ever-increasing success in the rubber extruder market, Busto Arsizio’s headquarters had become inadequate to meet the increased customer needs. It was important to ‘move’ to Vanzaghello on Orchid Street, 2 to a larger building.
1985

NEW OVEN SERIES

Colmec produces a new set of salt bath ovens, using diathermic oil as the salt heating source. With this new solution, this system becomes important for significant energy savings in the management of the vulcanization process and especially for the reduction of wash water pollution. The molten salt is recovered from the wash water and automatically reintroduced into the vulcanization oven.
1993

MARKET LAUNCH OF THE FIRST LINES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF RADIATOR HOSES

Colmec launches the first lines for the production of continuous-process radiator hoses on the market. Until then, radiator hose was produced in three distinct phases:

first step: sub-layer extrusion –
second phase: braiding with textile reinforcement –
phase three: final covering –

The continuous-stage solution is increasingly appreciated in the automotive industry, as in addition to producing a better quality hose, it becomes a process that is repeatable and continuously controlled by an increasingly modern instrumentation.  From that moment on, the analysis and control of the process parameters have become an everyday reality

2000

NEW IMPLANTS

Colmec supplies complete solutions for the production of:

  • air conditioning hose
  • power steering hose
  • brake hose
  • fuel hose
  • hydraulic hose

Colmec develops specific solutions for production of coextruded products with duplex heads, triplex, quadruple and with also layers of thermoplastic material inside the rubber layers

2004

THE THIRD BUILDING

Over time, the headquarters in Vanzaghello had become too small to cope with the market’s demands that increased in number and as a type. Colmec was again been forced to seek a larger building and has returned to Busto Arsizio in Via Massari Marzoli, 6. The current structure presented in the photo, a modern and functional complex that occupies a total area of 40,000 square meters, of which 11,500 are covered (double the area of the prior facility in Vanzaghello).

2008

THE BIRTH OF THE COLMEC TECHNOLOGY CENTER

In 2008, the CTC (Colmec Technology Centre) was founded. It is housed in a of 3,000 square meters building, located in the immediate vicinity of the company’s headquarters. The CTC is modern and technologically advanced, dedicated to the research work of the company and the carrying out of tests by customers.
2011

COLMEC Arrives In The USA

In 2011, Colmec began its sales and service network in the U.S. market with its own headquarters in Trumbull, Connecticut.

2014

THE EXPANSION OF THE HEADQUARTERS

Next to the Via Massari Marzoli complex, work begins on a further expansion of the company.
2017

TECHNOLOGY CENTER IN COLMEC USA

In 2017 a Technology Center of about 1000 square meters was opened with the aim of providing technical support to American customers where they can test, optimize and develop production processes.

2021

CERTIFICATIONS

After obtaining ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 environmental and safety certifications in 2018, we have completed in 2021 the integrated certifications for quality, environmental management and occupational health and safety under ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 e ISO 45001:2018.
2022

EXTENSION OF THE PRODUCTION FACILITY

The construction works of the expansion of the headquarter in Via Massari Marzoli, Busto Arsizio are underway.
A further extension of the production facility to meet the growing demand and better approach future challenges.
2023

KCM BECOMES PART OF THE COLMEC GROUP

COLMEC announces the acquisition of the Spanish company KCM specialized in the engineering and manufacturing of machinery for the rubber sector. With this acquisition, the Colmec Group strengthens its position on the market, providing complete solutions in the elastomer processing

Sustainability

Sustainability

We invest in people and respect the environment. We do our part to leave a better world to future generations.

Innovation

Transportation

Research & Development, design, Automation, Colmec 4.0

Social responsibility

Social responsibility