Detergents, Surfactants & Chemicals
Desmet Ballestra S.p.A, Italy, (DBI) is a process engineering company with
proprietary technologies in many areas of the organic and inorganic chemical
industry and can offer unique skill and experience in the design and supply of a
number of plants such as:
Production plants for surfactants, formulated detergents, auxiliaries and
raw materials for the Detergent Industry (Detergents Division)
Production plants for Sulphuric acid, Phosphoric acid, N-P-K granulated
compounds, SSP, TSP, Sodium Silicate, Potassium Sulphate, Zeolites etc.
DBI’s main office, which includes laboratories and the R&D department equipped
with full-size pilot plants, is located in Milan near the Linate Airport while
the Oleo-chemical Division is located at Pomezia (Rome).
Desmet Ballestra S.p.a. was created in 2007 from the acquisition of Ballestra
S.p.a. by the Belgian engineering group Desmet S.A.
Since the beginning of its operation in 1960, Ballestra S.p.A. has focused on
the design and supply of modern, efficient and easy-to-operate production plants
for sulphonation and detergent production, at that time still using old
technologies and scarcely efficient production methods.
One of the first innovations introduced by Ballestra was the use of gaseous SO3
in place of oleum as a sulphonation agent and the optimisation of the continuous
sulphonation process for production of anionic surfactants, reaching yield and
product quality never achieved before.
Through a continuous technological development, Ballestra has been progressively
building up and consolidating its leading position in the surfactants and
detergents sector with 1500 plants (including also sulphonation plants up to
150,000 T/Year capacity and spray drying towers up to 250,000 T/Year capacity)
spread over 120 countries.
In the year 2000 Ballestra diversified into the inorganic chemical sector by
starting a profitable co-operation with Monsanto Envirochem (USA) for the design
and supply of sulphuric acid production plants up to over 2000 TPD capacity,
some of which equipped with HRS ® (Heat Recovery System).
Subsequently, DBI has also become a licensee of Prayon (Belgium), for the design
and supply of plants for phosphoric acid production, and of some Italian
manufacturers of chemical compounds like ICP (for SSP, TSP, NPK fertilizers) and
MARCHI (for Potassium Sulphate).
Resources and capabilities
R&D Centre equipped with laboratories and full scale pilot plants
ISO 9000 Certification
Up to 150,000/year internal engineering hours capability
3-D computer design
All the range of services: from feasibility studies to turn-key projects
Spare Parts supply with extra-short delivery times
22 field engineers for mechanical supervision, plant commissioning /start-up,
DBI can also offer counter-trade and/or buyback and/or off-take contracts of the
production related to projects, also thru its associated company Temix
International Srl, Via Piero Portaluppi, 17, 20138 Milano – Italy (c/o Mr.
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