Massimo Cerretini

Born in Florence in 1942, he got his Secondary School diploma in Florence, and a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bologna in March of 1968, in the same year earning qualification for exercise of the engineering profession. He is enrolled in the Register of Engineers of the Province of Florence.

From 1968 to 1973 he worked as area engineer in charge for Nalco Italiana SpA, a multinational company specialized in the processing of industrial and waste water. During this period he came in contact with major Italian companies such as refineries, steel mills, chemical industries, power plants, paper mills, sugar refineries, researching into the problems concerning the management and conditioning of water.

From 1973 to 1983 he was employed as engineer in charge - and from 1980 as technical manager - of the firm Dearborn Chimica SpA (W.R. Grace group) operating in the sector of water processing. This position, besides increasing his knowledge of Italian industry, also took him abroad, mainly to Great Britain, the U.S., Hungary, Libya and Tunisia.

From 1980 to 1982 he coordinated the realization of Dearborn’s production plant in the Rieti-Città Ducale industrial area, supervising in particular the planning for the chemical installation. Until 1984 he was engaged in formulating products for water conditioning and combustion optimization.

In 1983-1984 he followed water distribution and irrigation projects in Libya for the British firm Technowater International.

Since 1984 he has formed a partnership with his brother Alessandro, also a chemical engineer, in Studio Technica Associazione d’Ingegneria (Technica engineering offices), working on problems connected with water pollution particularly in the textile industry.

In the period from 1992 to 1997, for the Busto Arsizio Central Textile Agency he carried out a number of surveys on the problem of water pollution in several Portuguese textile industries, among other things holding update courses on the spot.

He has planned and carried out a great number of experiments with pilot plants on water recycling in dyeing plant procedures by means of electrolytic oxidation, ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis.