SICAM manufactures machinery and complete plants for the textile and nonwovens, using its more than half a century experience in this sector.
Research, development of new solutions and innovation are the ingredients that, combined the know-how accumulated over the years, give life to SICAM production, custom made and focused towards customer needs.
The mission of the company is, indeed, in providing the best solutions to the diverse needs of its customers.
The methods of projects implementation are continuously improving, that allows us every year to offer complete plants and machinery with technological innovations and high quality standards, thanks to an active involvement in an international sector in constant evolution.
Our goal is our customers’ satisfaction, as well as special attention to environmental factors; SICAM machinery and plants unify solutions allowing to protect the environment and favour energy-saving.
Nowadays a huge amount of equipment produced by SICAM are in operation in different countries of Europe, of Middle East, of Asia and of America.


Know How, Innovation and Patents

Significant bundle of knowledge and experience gained since 1953 is the know-hows, which SICAM can rely on, constantly enriched by new solutions and by innovations due to a design in step with the times.
The knowledge and attention paid to optimization of numerous technological processes used in textile industry and manufacturing of non-wovens is the main principle in design of each machine.
Hundreds and hundreds of projects specifically created for each customer have led to a synergy between design, construction and technological processes of machinery and plants, more and more advanced and environmentally friendly.
SICAM’s machines and production lines are being manufacturing with the use of modern, safe and reliable technologies obtained by the most advanced developments.


SICAM has registered diverse patents concerning implementation of innovations for thermobonding ovens, that are results of improvements and technical innovations satisfying in the best way the requirements of our customers and the market.

The last application for a European Patent, in chronological order, is dated 2021 – ref. no. EP21171436 – and was filed through co-financing by the Lombardy Region under Axis I POR FESR 2014-2020- Action I.1.b.1.1 support for the purchase of services for the technological, strategic, organisational and commercial innovation of enterprises.

In particular, the project is implemented with the contribution of resources from the European Union, the Italian State and the Lombardy Region, in application of Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2013 – Annex XXII and Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 821/2014 – Articles 4 and 5.

Progetto realizzato con il concorso di risorse dell’Unione Europea, dello Stato italiano e di Regione Lombardia, in applicazione del Regolamento (UE) n. 1303/2013 - allegato XXII e del Regolamento di esecuzione (UE) n. 821/2014 - articoli 4 e 5.

Our story


After a job as draftsman at “Aeroplani Caproni” until 1947, Idres Zanardi had the first contact with the mechanical-textile world working at S.A.I.D.E. Company in Milano, a company for the production of stenter frames and dryers for the textile industry.
It was the 1947 and in Italy everything had to be rebuilt after the tragedy of the war.
There was a lot of work to do, and in this condition of enthusiasm, Idres had taken the decision to create his own company together with a friend.


In 1953 the two young men founded “SICAT”, located in an area of the building of AeroplaniCaproni in via Mecenate in Milano.

Therefore, 1953 marks the beginning of Zanardi family in the field of machinery for textile and for nonwovens.
Between 1953 to 1960 more than 500 machinesdryers and stenter frames had been built.


In 1960 the two partners decided to run different roads and Zanardi decided to leave SICAT.
SICAT without Idrescontinued the production for 2 years and then had been absorbed by “ALEA”, and thanks to this union they acquired the knowhow needed to produce stenter frames.
Zanardi entered as partner in a big steel construction company named “COSTRUZIONI TRAVERSI MILANO” (CTM), that in this occasion changed name in “COSTRUZIONI TERMOMECCANICHE MILANESI” (CTM).


The company core business was steel construction, but with the entrance of Zanardi they started building machines in the dryer textile field, glass fiber and , starting from 1970, also in the nonwoven field.


But it was in 1975 that SICAM was finally born with only a focus on engineering activity, whilst the construction remained as business in CTM.
Little by little SICAM started using also different suppliers and, after the liquidation of CTM for decision of the partners, SICAM formed its own workshop and workers staff, in order to built parts of the machines, to do the preassembly and to do the final assembly at the customer site.


In 1983 Idres’ son Stefano Zanardi, after a Mechanical Engineering degree, joined SICAM with a technical and commercial role
SICAM attended international exhibitions and fitted its production to the new market requirements, more and more oriented to the recycled nonwovens productions.
SICAM started to offer a wide range of equipments for the bonding of nonwovens, by thermo or chemical process and the focus moved to taylormade and customization of each single machine.


In 2016 also Luca Zanardi joined the company, bringing as new plus his knowledge of the marketing and working more and more closely with the clients in order to better understand the new born needs.

Now a lot of SICAM’s machinery are working in many countries of the world and the company became able to have a worldwide marketing force.
Summarizing in three words what are the main advantages of SICAM, it can be definitely said that the company is experienced, innovator and total flexible and adaptable to the market’s evolution.

This is the main reason why SICAM is also able to cover a wide range of sectors, starting from automotive and civil engineering, passing through textile, filtration and geotextile and arriving to medical, hygienic and home furnishing etc.