We always focus on the road ahead. But once a year, we take a look at the year we’ve left behind. In that light, we are pleased to present to you our Annual Report 2015.
We can say that 2015 was a good year for Caldic. It was a year of evolution. We acquired The Ingredients Company in Canada and the R2 Group headquartered in Denmark. With these acquisitions, we’ve strengthened our position in Canada and we’ve emerged as market leader in the Nordics.
Olav van Caldenborgh, Chief Executive Officer
Bernard Witte, Chief Financial Officer
Caldic has continuously grown as a company and expanded its operations ever since it was established back in 1970 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
In 2015 we acquired two companies to further expand local food and specialty capabilities
Caldic’s acquisition of The Ingredient Company in Canada early in 2015 strengthened our already strong position as a leading food ingredient solution provider in North America. With this acquisition, we have expanded our wellness portfolio by adding natural ingredients.
Caldic’s acquisition of R2 Group is a reflection and affirmation of our commitment to innovate and to extend our service capabilities. R2 Group is a great addition with its production and innovation centres. The company has also built strong positions in bio based products and materials science, two of Caldic’s focus areas.
In 2015, we introduced a new system that allows us to better manage all know-how within the company. With the launch of Caldic Connect we’ve brought all our people together and facilitated collaboration across our most important businesses.
Throughout the Caldic group we invested in our facilities in 2015. In the Netherlands we invested in semi and full automatic filling equipment and in a new venting-gas incineration system at our production site. In Canada we have created segregated and secure areas for controlled chemicals in each of our locations and invested in upgraded dust collection and ventilation systems within our production, warehouse and maintenance areas.
By offering essential products and services for the ink, plastics, rubber and water treatment markets, we serve a wide range of customers.
At the European Coatings Show 2015, Caldic showed its ‘Exploded Car’, a work created especially for Caldic by artist Paul Veroude. With 'Exploded Car' – the disassembled front end of Toyota Aygo – we pointed to the dozens of solutions we can provide to our partners in the coatings and ink industry. Those solutions include not just coating products, but also automotive fluids, silicones and rubbers.
Carbon black is an often-used pigment for coatings, plastics, car coatings and rubbers. In the last year we have invested and tested a new production cycle for carbon black. To reduce the usage of non-renewable petroleum-based materials in carbon black, we are exploring the possibility of producing carbon black by upcycling car tires.
We have made it a priority to focus on sustainable biocides to work towards a greener and cleaner biocides industry. The Caldic green biocides give our customers innovative, safe alternatives consistent with their own sustainability aspirations.
In 2015 R&D efforts led to the introduction of a new ready mix liquid fire extinguishing agent we call Furex Casa Bio. Casa Bio is a biodegradable product with a small environmental footprint with excellent extinguishing characteristics for use in private homes.
We are able to offer our customers high quality raw materials and to support them in the development of new products right from the development stage through to production.
More and more, we find that retailers are offering consumers a great variety of nutritional supplements that affect the function and the structure of the skin, by the use of active ingredients incorporated into a new generation of cosmetic products. Focusing on products as peptides and aloe vera we have been extending our range of ingredients and services to formulate ‘cosmeceuticals’.
One of our most recent successes is with snail secretion filtrate. The familiar shiny trail that a snail leaves behind as it moves on its belly is actually a mucous secretion containing a rich complex that includes allantoin, collagens, proteins and enzymes. This complex protects the skin against external agents that cause irritation, and to stimulate skin regeneration and renewal.
Our main focus is on the Bakery, Sweet, Nutrition, Savoury and Dairy segments. In all of these fields, Caldic serves as much more than a distributor.
Healthy eating remains a welcome trend, so in 2015 we focused on meeting our customers’ need to offer ready-to-use concepts that provide functional solutions in the health food segment. With these concepts we guarantee efficiency and convenience.
Our North American brand Dadex is recognized as a leader in powerful antioxidant solutions for the food, pet food and aquaculture markets. In October 2015 we started supplying our Dadex products into the European markets.
In December 2015 we exhibited at the Food Ingredients Europe 2015. Being proud to show our developed solutions, we installed a replica of a lab at our stand, and featured a ‘3D chef’ who printed much-appreciated 3D cookies and 3D sugar cubes for our visitors.
In the Benelux we innovate, develop, and produce new and tailored timing belt drives, generators, controls, and mechanical power and conveyor equipment.
Our focus on innovation led to the design of a leveller that is suitable for hygienic use, as required, for example, at food and health care production sites. To help our customers select the proper size and configuration, we’ve created an online 3D configuration tool (currently available in Dutch only) at www.stelvoetenmagazijn.nl
“We have more than 25 people working at the plant. They call me ‘the conductor’. I get to coordinate all the different groups of instruments and to work on a team with many individual musicians.”