It is hard to think of a more exciting time in Calix’s history. We are starting to establish material revenues from our production facility at Bacchus Marsh, we have numerous exciting new sales and joint ventures prospects which we will be pursuing through 2014, and we have recently re-structured $30 m in bond debt into equity at the same time as a successful capital raise – significantly strengthening our balance sheet.
Our staff has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to put Calix in a great position for a successful 2014, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their support and commitment. The team at Calix wish you all a happy and successful 2014.
ISO 9001 is by far the world’s most established quality framework. It is currently being used by over 1 million organisations in 161 countries, and sets the standard not only for quality management systems, but management systems in general. The certification will enhance Calix’s ability to demonstrate continual improvement in everything we do.
The Calix Product Quality Management System defines practices and processes that demonstrate our ability to consistently offer products that exceed client expectations and meet applicable regulatory requirements including the expectations of AS/NZS ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems.
The ISO 9001 certification exemplifies Calix’s continued commitment to enhance customer satisfaction through quality management practices and standards. Once achieved, this certification by no means represents the end of the process; rather it strengthens our determination to keep raising the bar on customer service.
Calix QMS = Customer Satisfaction
Calix is currently working with Building Conservationist Piero Casellati on testing Metakaolin for use on heritage buildings as hydraulic lime mortar. Piero Casellati has considerable experience working with limestone buildings both in Australian and in Europe. He is particularly interested in using Calix ACTIMk Metakaolin in a heritage work project.
Mortar is one of the oldest artificially prepared construction materials. It was frequently used in Ancient Rome as well as in other parts of the world. The ancient mortar was composed of quicklime and pozzolana filler such as tuff, volcanic ash, spongilite and ground burnt clay. The chemical reaction of the pozzolanic materials with lime produced hydrated calcium silicates and calcium aluminates.
These chemical compounds significantly enhanced mortar durability and environmental resistance. However, in the 16th century, the production of lime was industrialised and the pozzolanic admixtures were no longer added to the mortar mixture. Time has shown that mortars made solely from pure lime were not preserved and their durability resistance proved to be unsatisfactory. The present effort of conservationists is to use traditional materials and methods for conservation of historical buildings.
Therefore it is not acceptable to use modern cement in plasters in Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque building repairs. Instead, the use of hydraulic lime with a pozzolana such as Metakaolin is preferred. As Australia’s only manufacturer of Metakaolin, Calix produces ACTI-Mk from the flash calcination of high-grade kaolinic clay. Calix cooperates with Lanxess Australia on the commercialisation of Metakaolin.
Calix was recently approached by Roger Allanson from Entosol Australia to see if the Bacchus Marsh plant could successfully calcine diatomaceous earth to remove organic matter and volatiles, without destroying the amorphous silica structure of the material.
The precise temperature and residence time control achieved by the Bacchus Marsh flash calciner easily and successfully calcined the material to the top-end of specification. The material is destined for the food industry, where it will line grain silos as a bug-barrier but is completely safe for humans.
‘‘Calix’s innovative process has delivered a superior product with improved handling characteristics.’’ — Roger Allanson, Director of Entasol.
As Australia’s only continuous flash calciner offering toll-processing to such precise specifications, Calix is fielding numerous requests for this service in addition to production of its own materials for sale. For more information, visit Calix’s Website.
Calix is pleased to announce that Major Councils all around the country (NSW, QLD, VIC and TAS) are now testing ACTIMag™ for odour control and corrosion prevention in their sewage plants and systems.
Well-known food processing businesses (abattoirs, dairy, fruit processing) are also testing ACTI-Mag™ Magnesium Hydroxide for alkalinity and odour control. ACTIMag™ is hydrated from Calix reactive ACTIMag™ Magnesium Oxide, imparting excellent neutralisation speed due to the high surface area.
‘‘Calix Magnesium Hydroxide flows much better than slurries previously used in our systems.’’ — Customer Trial Feedback. ACTI-Mag™
• OHS and environmentally friendly
• Better cost and usage efficiency
• Helps reduce sodium to some waste streams (salinity)
• Reduced sludge generation making for easier disposal (lower overall costs)
Calix ACTI-Mag™ Magnesium Hydroxide slurries provide more alkalinity than equivalent lime, and caustic soda, which can lead to reduction in chemical usage and ultimately design efficiencies.
It also offers some major advantages in relation to OHS (much safer to handle), buffering pH, and environmental performance (reduced sludge generation making for easier disposal and lowering overall costs).
Calix continues to excel in its R & D efforts, with 3 new provisional patents developed over the last three months. The first involves our unique Magnesium Hydroxide slurrying process, which involves very simple equipment due to the high activity of the Magnesium Oxide powders.
The second establishes the use of Calix’s enhanced Magnesium Hydroxide slurries as a biocide, with applications to fungi, bacteria, viruses and a variety of insects.
The third extends the CFC concept to the production of Portland cement, allowing for a retro-fit pre-calcination stage to existing cement plants to capture 60 % of CO2 emissions with enhanced efficiency. Cement production is responsible for about 6% of mankind’s CO2 emissions. Calix looks forward to exploiting the huge potential value of these patents.
Born in India, Nitin completed his Engineering with Pune University and a Diploma in Financial Management. After a year of training in Germany, he joined his family business of designing and installing surface coating plants. Before coming to Australia, he spent 3 years in Germany heading a company involved in powder coatings. In Australia he spent his first few years working for Dulux as a Technical Manager, looking after heat sensitive substrate coating products. After spending a short time with Wesfarmers in the bulk gas division, he then joined James Hardie Global R&D. With James Hardie, working in the building materials industry, Nitin headed multiple projects relating to weather resistance enhancement of fibre cement boards. In Australia Nitin has completed a diploma in Carbon Management and is currently finishing his post-graduate degree in Environmental Management. After 20 years of international experience in process engineering and business development, Nitin joined Calix in 2010 as Environment and Projects Manager. Nitin was initially responsible for the engineering oversight of numerous aspects of our Bacchus Marsh CFC, as well as managing several ancillary projects and local and international procurement. He has also implemented the Carbon Management Response Plan (CMRP) for Calix, and National Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Scheme (NGERS) reporting. Nitin currently guides the company in its strategy to reduce & abate GHG (greenhouse gases) and the recovery and sale of CO2, and has been actively involved in Business Development activities for Magnesium Hydroxide slurries. He is also currently leading projects to evolve efficient combustion, heat recovery systems and power generation from waste heat. Nitin and his wife Charuta like to spend a lot of time with their beautiful daughters Nupur and Mohar. Nitin loves his wine and is an ardent Australian cricket fan.