- Bio-Based Content
Sicomin is leading the bio-based movement in epoxy resins and investing considerable resources into providing 100% bio-based products.
The GreenPoxy 56 is an epoxy resin with the highest bio-content available on the market today and it represent 50% of Sicomin’s production. All raw materials are sourced in Europe, which means a high degree of health, safety and environmental standards are in place. Sicomin is a solvents free factory, cleaning is done with just water and there is no chemical contamination of the outside world.
Sicomin is working on a product line which will be 100% bio-based and they are already getting bigger players, such as the automobile industry, involved in using bio-based epoxy resins.
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- Certified by:
- Footprint Progress
- Sustainable Surf Gold Level
GRV Transparency ToolSicomin
- Sicomin has worked with Bureau VERITAS to adhere to their ‘Carbon Footprint Program’
- The Sicomin factory is solvent free
- Since Sicomin creates fluid epoxy and hardeners, there is no waste. All chemical raw materials are mixed in house without any additional chemical reaction
- Sicomin is researching the recyclability of epoxy resins for the future
- Sicomin has reached the second level of the Footprint Progress® by Bureau VERITAS which means their product and eco-innovation has been checked and certified for eco-design
- The bio-based product line makes up 30% of their portfolio, but represents over 50% of their production inventory
- Sicomin is taking part in a EU funded project for developing bio-based composites for the railway industry with epoxy, flax and linen
- In terms of environmental engagement, Sicomin is focused on bringing more bio-based raw materials into their portfolio. They are working on a product line which will be 100% bio-based
- In terms of environmental engagement, Sicomin’s focus is definitely geared towards bringing more bio-based material components into its portfolio
- All raw materials are sourced in Europe
- Sicomin tries to avoid all substances determined to be ‘critical’ according to the CMR classification
- Sicomin’s epoxy resin is long-lasting and of very high quality
- Brand Management
- Brand Commitment
GRV takes a holistic approach to brand management. We take into consideration all pertinent topics and issues, which are in direct control of the brand. GRV analyzes how the brand utilize their management in business and in their supply chain.
When determining ‘Brand Commitment’, GRV looks at the pro-active efforts of a brand is making towards sustainability. For example, the percentage of sustainable product lines within the entire portfolio, or the life cycle assessments and public reporting. We look for key indicators of a brand’s engagement towards responsibility.
On this level GRV is looking at product related information, such as material content, supply chain and certification. Warranty, reparability and “end of use” advice are also important aspects. At the moment, GRV is looking at selected highlight products from different product lines, which show the special sustainable efforts of the brand.
Integration of Sustainability
At Sicomin, the drive towards a more sustainable product definitely comes from the top management. The owner holds 100% of the company shares and has made it a priority to switch towards renewable resources as fast as possible.less
Certifications, Standards and Guidelines
Sicomin has worked with Bureau VERITAS to adhere to the ‘Carbon Footprint Program’, a global factory inspection based on the ISO 14000 series. Sicomin is not yet 14001 certified but is striving to gain this certification. Sicomin has also reached the Gold Level of Sustainable Surf, a US based non-profit checking the environmental credentials of surf brands. This check involves laboratory tests and an extensive questionnaire and audit.less
Social and Environmental Responsibility
In terms of environmental engagement, Sicomin’s focus is definitely geared towards bringing more bio-based raw materials into their portfolio. They are working on a product line which will be 100% bio-based. On the social welfare side, the number one hazard is the toxicity of epoxy chemistry. Since the factory is in France, there is a very high standard of safe working practices.
Epoxy is a chemical product, which needs to be handled according to health and safety regulations. This has to be taken into account not only for the workers, but also for the clients. The Sicomin factory is solvent free. Solvents can be aggressive and can contaminate air and water easily when not handled with care.less
Sicomin is a supplier of raw material for anything related to boat equipment, surfboards, snowboards and skis, bike frames, and other hard goods such as from the automotive industry. So it is therefore part of the second tier from a brands point of view. All raw materials are sourced in Europe, which means a high degree of health, safety and environmental standards are already in place. Chemistry is a field of activity which is under a high level of scrutiny in relation to the EU law, governed by Safety Data Sheets, which are in turn updated on a regular basis and classified using CMR qualifications. Sicomin tries to avoid all substances determined to be ‘critical’ by the CMR classification. Some are impossible to avoid, however, making up about 20% of all chemicals used at Sicomin. The purchase team is strongly advised to limit or even eliminate those critical ingredients wherever possible.less
Lab tests are done in house and field-testing of final end-consumer products is done with the end consumer brands.
Since Sicomin creates fluid epoxy and hardeners, there is no waste. All chemical raw materials are mixed in house without any additional chemical reactions taking place. All chemical factories are controlled by outside organizations to ensure no contamination of the surrounding environment. In 2010 Sicomin built a state of the art factory with water, air and soil protection measures in place. Every unit has a ventilation system with filters. Sicomin is a solvents free factory, cleaning is done using water not chemical products and then treated before being sent into the sewage system, so there is no chemical contamination of the outside world.less
Product Transport Strategy
All raw materials are sourced in Europe and transported mainly by truck and train. This translates to fairly short transportation distances and relatively low CO2 emissions. Within Europe product is delivered by truck, and outside of Europe it is shipped to its destination.less
End of Use
When it comes to bigger products such as surfboards, snowboards, etc, most people keep them as souvenirs. For the smaller products with no emotional attachment, Sicomin is trying to find possibilities for recyclability and even biodegradability. This is one of their projects for the future.less
Life Cycle Assessment
LCA is part of the certification process with Bureau Veritas on the Carbon Footprint Program. In Sicomin’s case this is a study between standard Epoxy and bio-based Epoxy.
According to this assessment, Carbon Footprint of Sicomin’s bio-based systems is on the average 40% less than a Petroleum based system. Human Toxicity impact of SR GreenPoxy resin systems is 3 times less on the average than SR 1280 resin system.less
Bureau VERITAS does not presently publish the progress of Sicomin but they have developed a new certification and new level of “eco conception”, the Footprint Progress© Certification. The Footprint Progress© is a result driven certification that enables companies to inform their customers about their products’ environmental impact throughout the product life cycle.less
Its purpose is to prove to the consumer, with a visible logo, that the product has limited environmental impact.
Sicomin has reached the second level (the first level being a commitment to eco design), which means their product and eco-innovation has been checked and certified for eco-design.
Brand's definition and share of environmentally friendlier products
Sicomin defines their most environmentally friendly products as their bio-based product line which makes up 30% of their portfolio, but which represents over 50% of production inventory. The other 60% of their formulations are crude oil based.less
Brand's definition and share of more socially responsible products
As a company producing chemicals in the EU, the social responsibility concerns mostly pertain to protection of human and environmental health in production and intended use. At Sicomin this results in limiting the use of hazardous chemicals as much as possible and providing sufficient protection and information for Staff and end consumers. They are also a “solvent free factory”, which is one key way to ensure safety for humans and nature.less
Sicomin are leading the bio-based movement in epoxy resins and are investing considerable resources into providing 100% bio-based products.
When we, GRV, ask about progress, we ask the brands specifically about topics which they would like to work on during the next year.
- Short term: provide a product which is 100% bio-based
- Medium to long term: work on efficient recyclability and research the options regarding biodegradability / or in terms of biodegradability
- Getting bigger players, such as theautomobile industry, involved in using bio-based epoxy resins
Sicomin takes part in a EU funded project for developing bio-based (flax and linen) technology for the railway industry.
Contribution to Common Welfare
The resin industry is mainly based on polyester, which is a cheaper but less durable ingredient compared to epoxy. By using epoxy or even better, bio-based epoxy, Sicomin contributes to common welfare by supplying ingredients which are long lasting with many favorable mechanical properties. Longevity is one of the most important and often overlooked drivers for greater sustainability.less
GreenPoxy is the epoxy resin with the highest bio-content available on the market. It is limited in terms of its use with very specific applications, but has all the advantages of an epoxy resin in terms of its mechanical properties. It is fast hardening for quick cycles.less
Founded in France in 1946 Sicomin has been producing epoxy resins since 1983 Sicomin is a 2nd generation family-owned business, with the 3rd generation on their way. Focus: chemistry, epoxy formulation and production. Sicomin has 55 employees.