HotSeat – Clemente Bausano, Vice President of Bausano & Figli S.p.A

Bausano is a name synonymous with the extrusion market, having designed and produced extrusion lines for plastics processing for over 70 years. Latest developments include the patented MULTIDRIVE system designed to eliminate torsional stress, allowing energy savings while maintaining top performance. Clemente Bausano, Vice President, and part of the third-generation of this family-run company, is next to face the HotSeat…

What trends do you think will shape the future of plastics?  How will Bausano respond?

As you well know, in this historical moment, we are witnessing a growing awareness from the media regarding the responsible use of plastic.

We, as manufacturers of machinery, feel motivated to develop an environmental awareness aimed at the re-use of plastics and to encourage sustainable energy production, but mostly on ENERGY SAVINGS using our machinery.

For me, as an entrepreneur, I often wonder how we can really make a difference for our customers? The answer did not take long: reduce costs!

And if this is a central point for me, for our company, it will also be for our customers. So why not give them the opportunity with our Extruders, to cut their cost?

Energy costs represent a third cost item in the balance sheet of plastics companies, and their containment is a necessity to maintain greater competitiveness in the market. Provided, of course, that the functionality and efficiency of the production processes in the sector are not compromised.

How has Bausano developed during your tenure?

From the very beginning, we have turned away from standardisation and constantly opened ourselves up to renewal with enthusiasm, a desire to improve, and with our mind always turned towards the future.

This has led us to overcome our limits, developing pioneering solutions over time, capable not only of increasing the efficiency of the machines but also of improving the working conditions of people.

Today, the challenge is sustainability. A difficult, urgent challenge that affects everyone, especially those working in our industry. Every effort must be focused on reducing our impact on the environment, starting with limiting waste and energy consumption and continuing through the promotion of research and the use of sustainable materials.

Every day, with our team, we are constantly looking for useful ideas for the future. The figures, the turnovers, and the market shares are only one aspect of these ambitions.

Designed by our team of technicians, the new series of MD NEXT-MOVER extruders offer a set of innovations, thus distinguishing itself clearly in the field of plastic granule, profile and tube production technology. The objective of the introduction of the new NEXT MOVER range concerns the energy analysis of the system, through a control system that measures all the energy flows and elaborates graphs and tables that allow one to verify the exact consumption during the production process.

From this data, it is possible to compare consumption with the reference values and define specific efficiency measures. The BIVITE NEXT MOVER extruders are characterised by energy savings of around 30-35%, achieved by installing new MOTORS i and 4, the induction barrel heating system, and equipping the systems with our patented gearbox (Multidrive System).

What do you credit as the key to your success?

Our work isn’t just about production technologies and machinery. It’s not just a matter of designing and building processing systems for industrial use.

Our work is all about people, their expectations, their dreams and their projects. With this mindset, growing doesn’t mean producing more. Instead, it means being the best at all that we do by offering solutions that can be transformed into immediate value for those who adopt them. Value that means greater production efficiency in terms of speed, quality and reliability.

Value that translates into energy savings, waste elimination, and reduction in the impact of all industrial activities.

Value that is measured in relation to the worker, the customer, and the end-user. But, above all, to the environment: the most important resource that we must defend at all costs.

A responsibility that we want to fulfil by doing our best every day. Together. This is what underpins our work.

This is Bausano.

What has been the greatest challenge in your career?

Bausano is a family company that has been designing and producing extrusion lines for plastics processing for more than 70 years.

It all started back in 1946. As Italy was just emerging from the ravages of the Second World War, CLEMENTE BAUSANO COSTRUZIONI MECCHINE was founded. My grandfather, at 36 years old, didn’t waste any time, such was his drive to do his part in rebuilding the country.

The story of our company and our family continues into the 90s, until the arrival of the day when it was the turn of my generation. My cousins and I took the reins of the company and immediately embraced the challenge of Brazil.

We opened the São Paolo subsidiary plant in 1999. This plant today – after a few volatile years due to the unfavourable economic climate is now recovering big time.

In 2011 it was time for the Indian challenge, we established a partnership with Rajoo, one of the most important designers and constructors of extruder equipment in the whole country. We now have the Rajoo Bausano Joint Venture, which serves India and Asia.

The Bausano of today has been totally renewed in its look and feel and in the technology employed, but still retains its know-how in the established tradition.

According to our vision, the plastics processing industry has traditionally been a product-oriented, machine-oriented, and technical-specific sector that determines its proper functioning.

At Bausano, we want to reverse this state of affairs, focusing on the customer and his goals because an industrial project is only the beginning of a long journey.

What advice do you wish you’d had on entering the industry, and does that differ from the advice you would give to an apprentice joining now?

When I first entered the industry, I was told that making as few mistakes as possible would have given me the best results and the longevity of my career. Today I am pretty sure that this is no longer true.

I am convinced that the best way to achieve your objectives has something to do with determination, resilience and bravery. So, my advice is that you should work with the purpose of adding value to your organisation without thinking about mistakes. This because, as Thomas Edison said, a mistake is not a failure but a way to discover and learn how to do better.

What hidden talents do you have?

I believe there are some traits and qualities that define me, as a person. I am well organised, immensely passionate about my work, a strong motivator, and also someone who enjoys the challenge of change and the responsibility I have to continually improve and develop so I can maintain peak performance within my role.

Outside of work, I am a family person who has the support of my partner and my children.

I have always been a loyal and honest person who acts with the highest standards of integrity at all times, both on a professional and personal basis.

But the qualities and traits I just mentioned, are useless without all the men and women who work hard and with passion every day in Italy and around the world to make the Bausano brand grow.

They are our competitive advantage.

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