To pursue our full-service vision and growth objectives in the coming years for all our activities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, we optimized our internal structure in 2018. By focusing on markets, we emphasize our specialized character and deliver extra value to customers and suppliers.
Additionally, a new digital team was established to cover all of our business areas. This team leads us in the development, implementation and monitoring of our digital systems and initiatives to serve our customers and partners more efficiently.
In this report, we have compiled the highlights of the past year that can all be linked to this year’s theme Specialized. We are proud of all colleagues who have created so many opportunities for our company and our customers.
“We deliver specialty products”
Our aim is to grow our business – both organically and through acquisitions – by carefully paying attention to the four “building blocks” we have defined: our geographical spread, our market segments, our product portfolio, and our service capabilities. In 2018, we especially managed to further expand our product and service portfolio through various new acquisitions and partnerships.
A great example of an acquisition causing a significant boost to our current product and service portfolio was the acquisition of Acatris, a prominent supplier of food ingredients, services and solutions to the Benelux food processing industry.
In North America, we acquired two new companies in Food: Canadian HT Griffin Food Ingredients and US-based Cooperative Purchasers. Both are a great addition to Caldic’s current Bakery, Dairy, Beverage, Savory, Confectionery and Nutrition markets in North America.
Caldic Italia reached an agreement with a global leader in the manufacturing of food ingredients. We became exclusive distribution partner for their starches, sweeteners, seaweed and fruit-peel extracts, lecithin, and sugar fermentation ingredients.
In 2018, there were several projects that we initiated and that we will continue to develop in 2019.
The current warehouse will be renovated and expanded, making it suitable for the filling, storage and order preparation for both oleo chemicals and other products.
We are rapidly expanding our pharmaceutical business. Thanks to this new clean room, we will be able to sample, blend and package a larger variety of products in drums as well as standard and stainless steel IBC's.
Warehousing, manufacturing and an innovation center for the entire Benelux will be centralized in this new building that will be situated near Utrecht, The Netherlands. The new building is expected to be completed early 2020.
“Our local companies give us a competitive advantage with their up-close market insights and strong ties to their customers”
What will the world look like in 2025? While it might seem far way, the Caldic Food Ingredients teams around the world are continuously preparing for the future.
Steve Crocket, Managing Director of Caldic New Zealand, tells us how the company was established, shares the ice cream success story and his vision on Caldic New Zealand’s future.
In Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, the first Caldic Nordic Confectionery event took place: an interactive event where market insights and expectations for the future were discussed. Steen Nordmark, Commercial Director Nordic Food, tells us how the event brought new opportunities.
Our North American Savory team got a jumpstart on informing our customers about future trends at the “Caldic Savory Day” in May of 2018.
“Developing new flavors for New Zealand's largest ice cream brand”
Even at time of the recession, Personal Care was one of the most thriving industries. At Caldic, we’ve taken note of both the enormous potential in the Personal Care Industry and its particular challenges.
In 2018, we teamed up with several new suppliers who share our vision on innovation, maintain the same customer-centric approach and are willing to think out of the box for customers.
At in-cosmetics Globoal 2018, we presented a complete package, including our services, extensive product range and our capabilities in technical support.
Mathilde Monster, Product Account Manager Benelux, successfully connected a cosmetic customer with a supplier. This resulted in a fully natural day cream range that is selling in more than 100 pharmacies in Belgium.
“With formulation support from Caldic, they launched their fully natural day cream range and are now successfully selling it to more than 100 pharmacies in Belgium”
With a stronger European Pharma team, an API registration and a new clean room, we made some significant steps to enhance our Pharmaceutical business.
Caldic recently established several business development teams in support of our strategy to secure our company’s future success. Dries Segers, Business Development Manager Pharma in Europe, shares his vision for the new European Pharma team.
After designing, testing and evaluating, we came up with a unique IBC design for a customer. This has further strengthened our partnership and our position as solution provider.
“As a team we aim to see the world through our customers' eyes, primarily to make their lives easier.”
Caldic is both a distributor and a producer of industrial chemicals. We draw on years of experience and know-how to serve a very broad range of customers in Coatings & Construction, Plastics, Rubber, Oil, Gas, Air, Water Treatment, and Process Chemicals.
After successfully winning the tender for a turnkey project for the production of water glycol fire-resistant hydraulic fluids, we built a new cutting oil facility at Caldic Thailand.
At Caldic, we were very fortunate to benefit from the rising prices and a serious shortage of essential raw materials, because over the past few years we have been investing in our private silicone range Calsil.
Tullio Sirianni, Sales Manager, and Laura Mori, Technical Assistant, both work in the Water Treatment department. They tell us how much they enjoy helping customers with challenging cases.
“What I enjoy the most is that I have the opportunity to know, understand and size up every aspect of our products and systems and use my insights to help our customers”
At Caldic Techniek we’ve invested in the efficiency of our production processes with the installation of two new, highly advanced CNC machines. Additionally, we’ve built a custom simulation unit to simulate a ship’s signals to the Power Management System.
To limit the onboard testing time as much as possible, in mid-2018 we built a simulation unit at our own facility to manually simulate the ship's signals to the PMS. An environmentally friendly solution that has led to significant time and cost savings
In 2018 we were able to expand our CNC turning capacity. In the course of the year, we installed two new CNC machines to meet our capacity requirements. Thanks to the extra capacity, we have been able to support customers with the production of large and strict delivery instructions.