From quarries and the first industrial lime production plants in Italy to one of the world’s leading engineering companies in the lime and lime derivatives sector.

1840 – 1880

In Finale Ligure, a small fishing village on the Ligurian coast, where the art of lime production was already practised by ancient tradition, Antonio Ghigliazza began producing lime in kilns fired by wood and exported it in wooden barrels.

1880 – 1900

Giacomo and Angelo Ghigliazza moved the lime production to the nearby limestone quarry and built two Mix Fire Kilns.

The quarry was to become the main production centre for the company for over a century and a half.

1900 – 1920

Giacomo and Angelo’s sons built the first and second continuous kilns with coal combustion, based on their first experiences in neighbouring France. The kilns are made of concrete, have a round cross-section and an output of 20 T/D.

1920 – 1930

Arturo Ghigliazza set up and directed the first research and development team for new technologies to be applied to lime production and quarrying.


Venturi pipe suction systems known as “Tyfoon” were applied for the first time to existing coal combustion kilns, enabling the output of the kilns to be increased to 30 T/D. The first hydrator with a body made entirely of concrete is also produced.

The success of the innovations is such that other lime manufacturers ask to apply these technologies in their factories.


Arturo Ghigliazza moved to Milan, a large industrial centre in northern Italy, to better follow the development of new technologies. In parallel with his work as a technical assistant for the family company, he started to design and build lime plants for other manufacturers.


The first two Italian kilns abroad are built in Ethiopia.


At the end of the Second World War, Arturo Ghigliazza was joined by his nephew, Franco Accinelli, in designing and building plants for the lime industry. The family business was transformed into an industrial enterprise.


The family company is transformed into a public limited company: Fratelli Ghigliazza S.p.A. is born, with three production units (Finale Ligure, Genoa, Lucca).


Italy’s first kiln with fuel oil combustion was built in Merano.

1954 – 1955

Natural gas arrived in Italy and the first conversions of coal-fired furnaces began. These were the first steps in an evolution that would lead to the birth of CBK kilns.


The first modern lime kiln in India was built by a European company in Bombay.


Fratelli Ghigliazza S.p.A. built a 200 T/D fuel oil kiln under licence from the American company UCC and under the direction of Franco Accinelli. An achievement of considerable size for that time.


Following the oil crisis, the company developed new technologies for combustion and heat distribution in lime kilns and registered three industrial patents.


After more than 15 years of know-how dedicated to the management of the UCC kiln and thanks to the application of new patents for the combustion of pulverised fuels, the HPK kilns are born. A technology based on the use of low-value fuels that allows a reduction in energy consumption of more than 20%.


After several years of apprenticeship in the group’s various production units, Paolo Accinelli became vice president of Fratelli Ghigliazza S.p.A.: in addition, he was in charge of the design and testing department of SIC, Società Impianti Calce S.r.l.


To complete the range of well-established single shaft kiln technologies, collaboration with a well-known international partner for the development of double shaft kilns began.


SIC builds first PCC plant in Mexico.


Once the study and testing phase has been completed, SIC begins industrial production of the “S” series micronising mills.


On behalf of the national petrochemical company ENI, one of the largest plants for the production of lime milk for chemical use is built with a slaking capacity of 30 Tonn CaO/H.


Società Impianti Calce s.r.l., first in the lime plant design sector, obtains ISO 9001 certification.


The development of the “S” series mill technology leads to the birth of the “HPS” air separators. This completes a revolution that leads to a new way of designing hydration systems.


For the first time in Europe, on behalf of Ciment France / Italcementi, a complete line is created for the production of hydraulic lime for green/bio-building using modern equipment.


SIC’s new operational headquarters in Milan are officially opened.


Incorporation of SIC LIME Pvt India, which is responsible for providing direct assistance to customers in the area, both in terms of engineering and on-site procurement of components/equipment/accessories manufactured according to strict SIC specifications supervised by technicians of SiC Lime Pvt India and SIC Srl Italy.

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