Altair Chimica has been the first European KOH producer to fully convert to mercury-free membrane cell technology (2005-2008).
The new mercury-free chlor-potash plant of Saline di Volterra, build on green field to avoid any potential mercury contamination, was the first one in Europe and, from a technological point of view, among the most advanced in the world for the production of very pure potassium derivatives.
The new plant allowed over time to cut electricity consumption by 30% and water consumption from the river by 40%: since then, more than 50 Mio € were invested over the last 10 years to increase production capacity and efficiency, to obtain continuous quality improvements, such as chlorates contamination control, and develop new products to extend the product range.
Altair Chimica works everyday to foster a useful and sustainable innovation of processes, technologies and products, in close collaboration with universities (Firenze, Pisa) and the CNR (National Research Council, the largest public research institution in Italy), resulting in several ongoing patenting processes.
Altair Chimica is part of ESSECO GROUP, an Italian family-owned industrial group that offers products and services for the inorganic chemistry and oenology industry. With almost 100 years of history, ESSECO GROUP is directly present in 15 countries of the world with over 1,000 employees.