About Us

Carima is specialised in the production and supply of lubricants for laying optical fibre, electrical wiring and industrial cables.

Our products are anti-friction and water-based. They greatly facilitate the installation phase and they are used by industries all over the world.

Our company was founded in 1982 and it has immediately established itself as one of the most innovative entities in the sector, thanks to the continuous investments in R&D, to the high quality standards of its lubricants for cables and to the experience developed on an international scale over time.

Our lubricants, in gel, liquid or spray versions, stand out for their particular formula that provides maximum slipping. They are perfect for the latest generation cables and not only: cables for fast web networks such as optical fibre, for FTTN, FTTC, FTTB FTTH and FTTx applications as well as cables for normal power networks.

All lubricants are Made in Italy, using selected raw materials and through a qualified industrial process, for an optimal performance in every field: industrial, civil and construction.

Our History

CARIMA was founded in 1982 to produce lubricants and anti-friction agents for electric cable installation.

In brief, we market a product enabling electricians to work more effortlessly, without damaging cables or pipes.
The main idea is to support installation technicians engaged in the arduous task of inserting electrical cables in pipes, even when there is existing wiring in the same conduit.

The aim is to get the work done in the simplest, cleanest and easiest way possible without damaging infrastructures.

It all started with an idea by Giordano Pipani, based on the technical experience he had acquired working 20 years in the ambit of insulating materials for electrical cables in rubber and PVC.

His idea materialized in a product called GLISS® which is a water-based lubricating liquid which minimizes the friction normally generated when inserting a rubber or plastic coated electrical cable into a pipe.
Then came the first positive lab test results, after which the product was marketed and met with considerable success.

The market for GLISS® was further consolidated down through the years but there was a growing need to identify a new product able to satisfy the more demanding requirements of industrial plant installers.
The installation of optic fibres was becoming increasingly widespread and Carima’s response to this new market need is GLISS® F.

Since 1990, GLISS® F has accompanied the thousands of kilometres of optic fibres installed throughout Europe, thereby winning the approval of various key players in the telecommunications industry.

GLISS® F, a high-performing liquid product, is currently exported to all countries in Europe, North and South Africa, America, New Zealand and Russia. It is mainly used to lubricate optic fibre cables, as well as electrical cables with a large wire gauge.

In 1998, market demand and the specific needs of our customers led us to formulate a new product that was quite different from anything that had preceded it.

The development of GLISS® GEL is the Carima response to new market requirements.

No longer a liquid, like all former products, this formulation comes in the form of a gel and, right from the start, it has been a market success.
Apart from its remarkable lubricating properties, its main advantage lies in its GEL consistency.

GLISS® GEL is a market success which confirms Carima’s leadership in the production and formulation of lubricants for electrical and optic fibre installations.

Down through the years, the CARIMA product line has been further extended to include an increasing number of solutions for installers. Today, in view of the considerable variety of the specific products developed by Carima for this industry, we are able to supply support and answers to meet the technical requirements of installations, even with purpose-made solutions.

A perfect example of this approach are the specific products for laying optic fibres using the Blowing Machine technique.

Not to mention the introduction of technical spray products, comprising water-based ones, which support installers with solutions to minor everyday problems.

Nothing has ever stopped us. Our in-house laboratory has developed and formulated both mono and bi-component silicone products for electrical insulation.
Various types of packaging, from cartridges to kits, as well as pockets subdivided into two compartments, enable us to satisfy various market needs.

The development, formulation and production of both water-based lubricants and silicone-based electrical insulators are the key to our success, further confirmed by the ISO 9001:2015 certification obtained in 2018.


CARIMA cares a great deal about the environment as evidenced by two key elements of its activity:

  • All of our products are water-based, they do not contain oil-derived products and they are eco-friendly.
  • All the electricity used by CARIMA is solar-sourced. For greater transparency, our site http://fv.carima.biz provides the production data of our photovoltaic system updated in real time every 15 minutes.

Lubricants for construction and for civil use

Carima lubricants specific for construction and for civil use are characterised by their high compatibility with the environment: liquid, gel and spray lubricant biodegradability is higher than the 95%. All this is accompanied by the best performance for all kind of cables, in small and big sections.

The GLISS line has been specifically developed for being used in all conditions: in the presence of water, in moist or fire risk environments, they maintain high performance standards that reduce the cable friction of the 70%, in every situation.

For over three decades, Carima serves technical installers all over the world with cutting-edge products that are efficient and useful for each daily work: lubricants for cables that make construction work easier and that, at the same time, allow to reach outstanding performances in the shortest time possible.

Industrial lubrificants

Carima offers a full line of industrial lubricants, perfect for laying optical fibre cables, though of great length, as well as electrical wiring (or sections of cables, for big diameter cables, heavy cables) and other types of cables. The long experience gained in the sector and the continuous investments in research allowed Carima to design and patent some of the best lubricants for cables available on the market, with particular attention to the respect of the environment and to the use of non-toxic substances for men.

Among these, GLISS F stands out: specifically developed for optical fibre cables, it differs from common industrial lubricants for its water-based formula, which reduces the friction – between cable and pipe and between cable and cable – of the 90%, so facilitating the network laying procedure. Its liquid version is also perfect for the installation of electrical wiring and for the most common uses, always guaranteeing an unbeatable performance.

For those who prefer working with viscous products, GLISS® GEL, or the gel lubricant for high performance cables, is available on the market since a long time. Easy to apply, suitable for big section cables and for piping.