Brianza Plastica celebrates 60 years of business

Brianza Plastica, with fibreglass reinforced laminates production in sheets and rolls, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and continues to invest in consolidating its presence in the commercial and recreational vehicle sectors. Thanks to an increasingly wide range of products, it is now able to meet the most diverse needs of the market.

Brianza Plastica was founded in 1962 to produce fibreglass laminates in sheets and rolls for commercial, industrial and agricultural applications.

Over the years, the production was expanded with more sites in Italy, introducing new products able to meet the most varied roofing and cladding needs.

In the 1980s, the Company entered the field of thermal insulation for roofs and walls in the residential and industrial sectors: the Isotec system was born in 1984, an innovative thermal insulation panel, made from rigid polyurethane foam with an integrated stiffener and exceptional insulating properties.

Over the years the Company has continued to produce, research and develop new products in the fibreglass sector, expanding its range, with straight and curved sheets and rolls, in the corrugated, ribbed or flat, opaque or translucent versions, for applications in the most varied sectors from agricultural to farming, from commercial to industrial, up to commercial vehicle sector (trucks, buses, coaches) and recreational vehicles (camper vans and caravans).

The acquisition of the two production sites in Rovigo and the one in Ostellato to produce Elycold laminates with discontinuous cold-lamination procedures – respectively in 2006 and 2008 – and the inauguration in 2009 of a new production line in the Carate Brianza site dedicated to Elyplan continuous hot-lamination products, has made Brianza Plastica one of the most important players in the global market of fibreglass laminates, with an extremely flexible production capacity able to meet the most varied market requirements.

The new logistics-sales headquarters of Brianza USA Corporation in Elkhart, Indiana, was opened in 2014 to serve the US market and to strengthen the Group’s commercial presence in the territory.

In the summer of 2016, a new production site was opened in Rovigo for the production of Elycold grp laminates and a new Elyplan continuous production line was inaugurated in the Carate Brianza site.
At the beginning of 2019, the new chemical laboratory was inaugurated, almost tripling the previous surface area and significantly improving the equipment used to carry out most of the chemical-physical tests on both raw materials and finished products. The new facility is equipped with the most advanced instruments to support the production processes of the insulation panels and composite laminates.

These investments, together with a qualified and increased professional team, have allowed increasing the production capacity by more than 40 per cent, which in turn will allow Brianza Plastica to meet the market demands in the years to come.

In 2021, to complete its offer for roofing and curtain walls for agricultural and industrial buildings, Brianza Plastica started producing Elysol, the compact polycarbonate sheet at its production site in Ferrandina, Matera, Italy.

Elycold is a combination of polyester resin (orthophthalic and isophthalic) and glass fibre; over the years, this composite material has replaced aluminium in the production of refrigeration panels for commercial vehicles, campers, caravans and motorhomes, providing manufacturers with excellent long-term properties and UV protection.

Elycold rolls.

Elyplan grp laminates, produced by continuous lamination, are available in different versions, to allow customers to choose the laminate that best meet their needs.

The main advantage of continuous production is that it allows achieving the highest possible polymerisation of the composite material, coming from the use of technologies that best maximise this value. The result is a perfectly flat product with very tight dimensional tolerances, that guarantees excellent quality at very competitive prices.

Different are the types of fibreglass that can be combined with composite materials as reinforcement, from the fibre cut in a length of 5cm evenly distributed on the laminate, to the orthogonally woven fabric, from MAT to TISSUE.

For customers who request an additional protective layer, gelcoat is optional.

In general, all fibreglass laminates of the Elycold and Elyplan ranges are lightweight – a feature that is increasingly important and in demand in the transport industry as lighter vehicles pollute less, are faster and more environmentally sustainable. All products are intended for use as external skins of sandwich panels to construct the walls of commercial, recreational and passenger vehicles.

The Elycold range is wide and diversified; over time, products have been developed to meet specific needs, starting from Elyplan SUPER, for better aesthetic performance and Elyplan SUPER HF, with the best surface finish; Elyplan EXTRA-GLASS, which combines low weight with high impact resistance; Elycold XLITE, the ultralight laminates suitable for ultra-light vans and recreational vehicles.

Elycold ANTI-SLIP, is the grp laminate with the addition of quartzite, designed for the interior floors of vans and trucks, in order to prevent slipping of loads; Elyplan EMBOSSED with its characteristic finish, is well appreciated for its easily washable surface; Elyplan DESIGN, featuring the bonding of materials such as PVC directly during the production process, ensures maximum aesthetic freedom.

Elycold VELO is the new entry: ideal for interior applications (both on walls and floors), without gelcoat protection, the product is available in different thicknesses, from 0.9 to 1.4 mm, only mat.

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