COMPANY

A COMPLETE RANGE OF AMINO ACID AND PEPTIDE BASED FERTILISERS

Founded in 1960, SICIT was one of the first companies in the world to use amino acids and peptides in the market of biostimulants for agriculture, of which it is now the world leader.
In its plants in Arzignano and Chiampo (Vicenza), the company transforms the processing residues from leather tanning into protein hydrolysates, mainly used as biostimulants for agriculture and retardants for the plaster industry, supplying the main players in the agrochemical and industrial sectors, exporting its products in more than 90 countries.
SICIT is an Italian excellence of the green and circular economy that offers a service of strategic importance for the Vicenza leather district, collecting and transforming residues into high added value products, totally biodegradable, without risks for the public health and the environment, limiting the production of waste to almost zero. This is the result of important investments in R&D and the contribution of its three cutting-edge laboratories.
To further accelerate the development plan, SICIT concluded the business combination with the SPAC SprintItaly: a 100-million-euro operation that will allow to boost existing plants and laboratories and to build a new production plant in Latin America.

STORY

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR OVER 50 YEARS

  • 1960 - S.I.C.I.T. S.p.A. (acronym of Società Industrie Chimiche ITaliane) was founded in Chiampo (Vicenza)
  • 2000 - Following an internal reorganisation, two new companies were created: SICIT 2000 S.p.A. and SICIT Chemitech S.p.A.
  • 2000 - SICIT 2000 was the company dedicated to the production and sale of amino acids and peptides for agriculture. Thanks to its two plants and a total production capacity of 100 MT/day of liquid products and 40 MT/day of powder products, it has become the world's largest producer of amino acid-based fertilizers
  • 2000 - SICIT Chemitech was the company responsible for quantity control, product traceability and research and development (R&D) of new formulations and processes
  • 2004 - Inauguration of the Arzignano plant
  • 2011 - Renewal and automation of the Chiampo plant
  • 2019 - Following the business combination with the SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) SprintItaly, the company became SICIT Group

OFFICES, PLANTS AND LABORATORIES

TWO PRODUCTION PLANTS IN ITALY, ONE COMMERCIAL SUBSIDIARY IN CHINA AND ONE IN THE USA, AS WELL AS CUTTING-EDGE LABORATORIES

OFFICES
In Italy, SICIT has two highly automated and technological production plants and three cutting-edge laboratories. The company also has a commercial subsidiary in China, in Shanghai (SICIT Commercial Consulting Shanghai Ltd), and one in the United States, in the State of New York (SICIT USA Inc.).

PRODUCTION PLANTS
The first of the two Italian production plants is located in Chiampo (Vicenza) and began its activity in 1960: it was the first plant for the production of amino acid fertilizers in the world and in 2011 it has been completely renovated and automated.
The second plant is located in Arzignano (Vicenza), it has been inaugurated in 2004 and entirely designed by the engineers of SICIT Chemitech. With its surface area of 20,000 m2 it is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and has been defined as the “state of the art” of plants for the production of amino acids, as it is fully automated and equipped with the most advanced technologies. All stages of the production process are controlled by a distributed control system (DCS) consisting of more than 3,000 I/0 signals, controlled by a HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) system.
The traceability procedure used in the plants allows to identify each single batch of final product that is specifically numbered, allowing to trace the corresponding batch of raw material, through registers managed by the production department. In this way, the complete traceability of the material and the process is guaranteed.

LABORATORIES
The Quality Control laboratory (ISO 9001 certified) controls on a daily basis both the production process stages and the final product batch, performing a complete chemical-physical and bacteriological characterization of the amino acids and peptides.

The most important analytical instruments are:

  • ICP-OES spectrophotometer for the determination of metals and non-metals;
  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer for the determination of metal concentrations;
  • Four lines of high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) for the determination of anion concentrations, molecular weight distribution, concentration of free and total amino acids, distribution of chiral amino acids (forms L and D);
  • Elemental NC analyser for the elemental analysis of nitrogen, carbon, oxygen and sulphur.

The R&D laboratory develops new processes and tests new products in special pilot plants. It can also produce small quantities of experimental products, including testing at the customer site.

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PROIDRO PROJECT

Green World

SICIT’s hydrolysed proteins (amino acids and peptides) are products of natural origin, totally biodegradable and without risks for the public health and the environment.

In Italy, they are authorised for use in organic farming, in accordance with Annex 3 to Legislative Decree no. 75 of 29 April 2010.

Bioacricert is a certification authority member of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Farming Movements) that issues a regular declaration for SICIT products, certifying their compliance with the criteria established by the international standards IFOAM.

On 25 May 2011, the results of the conference Innocuity and efficiency of hydrolysed proteins for nitrogen fertilization in organic farming (PROIDRO), held in Chiampo (Vicenza), were presented. The conference and the research project were coordinated by Dr. Anna Benedetti of CRA-RPS, Council for Research and Experimentation in Agriculture – Research Centre for the Study of the Relations between Plant and Soil, with the patronage of MIPAAF (Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry).

Finally, the PROIDRO project was presented to the Standing Committee on Organic Farming (SCOF) in Brussels and judged positively. Therefore, hydrolysed proteins of animal origin have been officially proposed to be included among the fertilizers and soil conditioners authorized for use in organic farming according to Reg. 889/2008/EC, Annex I.