February 20, 2020

Bühler company profile

There are plenty of good reasons for Bühler’s success: Personal commitment, clever entrepreneurial decision-making, a high level of sensitivity to the changing needs of the market, and a core business that has become a byword for quality and consistency, founded on the distinct power to innovate.

Tackling the challenges of the period and of the market have always played a role in shaping the direction of the company.

This is simply something that Bühler has always done, and when it comes to generating benefits and added value for our customers, we have always been a step ahead.

Bühler is a specialist and technology partner for plant and equipment and related services for processing basic foods and manufacturing highgrade materials.

The Group is a global market leader in the supply of flour production plants, pasta and chocolate production lines, animal feed manufacturing installations, and aluminum die casting systems.

The core technologies of the Group are in the field of mechanical and thermal process engineering. With its expertise and over 150 years of experience, Bühler time and again rolls out unique and innovative solutions for its customers, helping them achieve success in the marketplace.

Over the decades, Bühler has come to be acknowledged as a reliable partner, thanks to its distinct commitment to quality and its global presence. Bühler Group operates in over 140 countries, has a global payroll of 7860, and generated sales revenues of CHF 1907 million in fiscal 2010.

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February 19, 2020

FAMSUN company profile

In this new era of global Industry 4.0 abundant agricultural production is still the cornerstone of human development. Every year, over two trillion tonnes of cereals are produced on this planet, but nearly 800 million people still lack food.

As a leading enterprise in global agriculture and husbandry FAMSUN has, over the past five decades, dedicated itself to providing efficient and sustained solutions to the agriculture and husbandry sectors for safer, healthier and more environmental-friendly food across the world.

FAMSUN has always made joint efforts with global agricultural and husbandry producers. We stick with the thought of ‘Creating System Value’ in three key engineering areas of feeding, breeding and oilseed production to provide system solutions for our partners. From farm-to-table, FAMSUN has held fast to its reputed ‘Made with Wisdom’ and its sincere serving spirit, that has won the trust and support of partners in over 120 countries and regions worldwide.

To build a ‘trinity platform’ for research and development in Asia, Europe and America, FAMSUN has also built production bases in countries such as Egypt and has an established global marketing service network. The brand ‘Made in China’, can now be held up as a banner of efficiency, environmental protection and intelligent that provides credible services for global partners in both agriculture and husbandry.

Today, technical innovation has become the key driving force of FAMSUN. We have established four main research institutions; in German, in the US, in Denmark and in China, with joint ventures and cooperation agreements in five top technical companies in the USA and Spain. We focus on promoting the transformation of production, management and marketing modes and accelerate the application of Big Data, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things.

Recognition of FAMSUN value takes roots in our common responsibilities, common initiations and common benefits; the spirits of FAMSUN also originates from our joint ambitions, joint efforts and joint ventures.

As the world-leading agricultural machinery manufacturer and engineering service provider, FAMSUN now has the discourse power to set international standards and make joint efforts with developing countries. In Africa, we built up production bases to increase local employment, improve farmer income and help more hungry children. In southeast Asia, we provided skills training and build breeding bases to improve the conditions of grain stores and design production and loan mechanisms for local farmers, bringing them hope for the further.

Along ‘The Belt and Road’, we provided all-round supports in equipment, services and financing for local partners, vigorously increasing the developmental level of local agriculture and husbandry.

Standing at a high level, we will endeavour to provide more reliable safeguards for all industry chains to ensure grain and food security for all peoples of the world!

Visit the FAMSUN website, HERE.

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February 18, 2020

Feed industry gather with IFIF and FAO at 13th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM)

The 13th annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organised by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials from around the world to discuss critical issues facing the feed sector with IFIF and the FAO.

'I am delighted we had a record number of participants from across the world and from key regulatory bodies join us at the 13th IFRM. This meeting, yet again, proved to be an important opportunity for the global feed industry and feed regulators to discuss key issues for the feed and food chain, including key feed regulatory updates and changes, an update on Codex Alimentarius work with relevance to feed, as well as a session on the implementation of Biosecurity measures at feed mill level in different regions' said Dr Daniel Bercovici, IFIF Chairman.
Image credit: IFIF
 Dr Bercovici added, 'This dialogue is an important example of the private sector collaborating with the FAO and regulators from around the world and we believe that only by working together can we continue to ensure feed and food safety, while meeting the global demands for food sustainably.'

'The success of this meeting is a proof that FAO efforts to facilitate dialogue between the public and private sector are worthwhile,' said Daniela Battaglia, Animal Production Officer, Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO. Ms Battaglia added, 'Feed operators can valuably contribute to make the livestock and food sectors more responsible and sustainable and to achieve other important goals such as food security, public health, and animal health and welfare. The IFRM is an important opportunity to exchange ideas among stakeholders from around the world and to coordinate our efforts towards common goals.'

Other topics discussed at the 13th IFRM included updates on the revision of the IFIF FAO Feed Manual 'Good practices for the Feed Industry' and the FAO/WHO report on Hazards associated with animal feed, as well as a session on the work of the International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF), which aims towards convergence of technical requirements specific to feed additive/ingredient authorisation across regions.

More information about the IFRM, HERE.

More information on IFIF, HERE

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the interview | Dr Heike Knoerzer, Head of Knowledge Management and Head of PETKUS Academy, PETKUS

Dr Heike Knoerzer’s fascination for farming began back in childhood. Heike grew up on a seed farm and food production quickly became an integral part of her life and something she grew to be greatly passionate about.
She completed her PhD in Agronomy at the University of Hohenheim, Germany in 2010. Heike joined Petkus back in 2014 and in her six years with the company has continued to pursue her interests in food production as Head of Knowledge Management and Head of Petkus Academy.

What brought you into this industry?
I was born on a seed production farm in Southern Germany, and already as a child I thought being a farmer is one of the most fascinating professions. My enthusiasm and dedication to agriculture, and especially to seeds, drove me to study agronomy.
Breeding, cropping, processing – it is like one coin but with multiple sides; complete different businesses. I wanted to comprehend and connect the knowledge of those strands. I wanted to go behind the complexity and multidimensional nature of the seeds business.
My professional career is based on the combination of science and business. After my PhD in agronomy I worked as a postdoc at the department of bio-based products and bioenergy crops at the Universität Hohenheim before I entered the business world. I worked for a large international breeding company (Dow AgroSciences) and was involved in portfolio management working closely together with the breeders.
How long have you worked for Petkus?
I have worked for Petkus for five years. Collecting, editing and disseminating the vast experience the company has is one of my key tasks: making knowledge available. In addition, keeping pace with new trends and developments in the business is a key element for success. Thus, the scientific networking and screening of evolving technologies is another element.
The knowledge gained is reflected in internal position papers, textbooks and what we call white papers. Therein, the individual and partwise country-specific processing procedures, all physical characteristics of the respective seed such as breaking point, drying behaviour, rupture point, thermal conductivity, coefficient of friction etc are documented. Those booklets can serve as guidelines for seed line and silo plant engineering.
Where have you worked previously and what was your job title?
I worked as a Product Development Agronomist at Dow Seeds Europe (now Corteva). I was responsible for the development and product positioning of maize and HOLLI oilseed rape varieties for the Northern European markets.
What academic qualifications do you have and from where?
I studied Agronomy with the focus on plant production systems at the Universität Hohenheim (Stuttgart/Germany). After my studies I got a German Research Foundation (DFG) scholarship and did my PhD in collaboration with the Universität Hohenheim (Stuttgart/Germany), the China Agricultural University (Beijing/China) and the CSIRO (Perth/Australia).
I also studied Literature and History and worked as a journalist. That is one of the reasons I am involved in public relations here at Petkus. The combination between technical knowledge and editing knowledge is a key element of my job as knowledge manager.
What is your proudest achievement?
To have developed, designed and established a Northern Europe spanning HOLLI oilseed rape trial network including variety testing and agronomic field trials. With the results of the trials in combination with scientific studies and a partwise sponsored PhD project I was able to draw up a cropping guide for the production of HOLLI oilseed rape. It was a bit of successfully practicing applied science.
What technology do you think sets Petkus apart from its competition?
Maybe it is not so much a single technology that sets Petkus apart, but the sum of machine integrated innovative features, matched components and harmonised systems. Therefore, Petkus technologies are characterised by a high sorting accuracy. The OS f-class, an optical sorter for vegetable and flower seeds, is a good example.
High resolution cameras and long-life LEDs alone are no assurance for good sorting performance. The synchronisation of the optical system, the hardware-software package as well as the design of the optical boxes and the ejection play an essential role when it comes to clear recognition of defects.
The Petkus philosophy is to provide technological solutions rather than just machines in order to help the clients to reach their goal. Nowadays, clients tend to stand out from their competitors with offering special quality labels and with developing their individual seed coating recipes.
Therefore, the Petkus/Roeber HySeed bio concept is a good example for responding to future challenges, to offer a solution and to take customisation into account. As the chemical seed coating is socio-political challenged, the HySeed biotechnology offers a bio-physical alternative for seed hygienisation and treatment.
Activated steam pasteurises the seed surface and eliminates fungal and bacterial pathogens. The steam treatment can be combined with biologicals or other bio-based agents within the same platform which offers customised recipe development and individualised seed conditioning settings.
As a woman in a predominantly male-dominated industry, did you face any special challenges?
Most of them can withstand the pressure I exert on my male colleagues to perform. No seriously, sometimes you are underestimated when you are a woman in a technology based surrounding.
One has the feeling of comparatively more power and performance to render and to give more emphasis to things. Sometimes you need to be tough and strict beyond the mere proficiency. I gained the experience and understanding that your opinion and statements tends to be more scrutinised.
But there is also the opposite situation that I have gentlemen colleagues who treat me more than courteously. It always depends on the team and the individuals.
We live in an age of climate crisis, dwindling resources, and increasing regulation. What changes do you foresee for Petkus over the coming decades?
I expect the rise of problem weeds and impurities, greater seasonal variation and increasing pressure of fungal, bacterial and viral infestations. Thus, post-harvest cleaning and sorting efficiency and precision must meet higher standards.
It goes hand in hand with seed and grain rescue measures. We need to feed the world with healthy food and cannot afford to waste grain productions. In some countries we still face the issue that post-harvest loss is half the harvested amount. Under the prospects of climate change, loss of arable land and the declining plant protection toolbox of (chemical) active ingredients, the gap between harvested yield and safeguarding yield has to be bridged. Post-harvest technologies will become a major bridge.
Single seed analysis, precise elimination of infested kernels and problem weeds, secure machine/plant operation procedures as well as sorting for quality ingredients are the key words. Eg if the average lot doesn’t meet the protein content specification, but a subset, a sorting technology that can separate high protein grains from low protein grains has to be available.
In addition, automation with regard to machine handling and defect recognition, self-learning systems and procedures as well as sorting precision while reducing good seed loss will become essential. Intelligent machines with decision support tools could help to reduce errors and fine-tune processing procedures.
Those tools also support the traceability and documentation of processes which will get more and more important. After all, energy-saving technologies will come into focus. Thus, designing seed and grain cleaning technologies will get more sophisticated and needs manufacturer with the relevant expertise. Petkus is well positioned here.

Zheng Chang contribute to feed industry while faced with epidemic outbreak of COVID-19

Recently, the epidemic situation in Wuhan, China has been raging, and there is growing public concern over the spread of pneumonia caused by Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In the face of this coronavirus outbreak, Zheng Chang, a world leader in feed equipment and engineering solutions, fully guaranteed the health and safety of employees and their families, and have also discussed the progress of projects under construction with global customers for the first time to maximize the promotion of projects in non-epidemic areas.

The project leader of the national strategic project for the Belt and Road, the largest livestock and poultry feed project in Belarus which has an important role in the development of the Belarus (non-epidemic area) feed industry and the local government officials were very concerned about the progress of the project. In the face of this situation, nearly 100 construction workers of Zheng Chang readjusted their mental attitude and threw themselves into the project construction while praying for their motherland.

Manager Wang, head of Zheng Chang team commented, 'Although we are in non-epidemic area, we have not taken it lightly. We have fully popularised the knowledge of epidemic prevention to the team and have done a good job in health and safety strictly. The team members have full confidence in the national epidemic prevention war and in the construction of this international advanced project.'

Due to the mind set and professionality of the Zheng Chang engineering team, the project's construction progress has not been affected. As of February 7th, the overall project construction progress is 19 days ahead of schedule.

This has shocked Nowitzki, the general leader of the Belarus project, who expressed his concern to Zheng Chang team and his family in China on the epidemic situation. At the same time, he was very satisfied that Zheng Chang team was still able to maintain professional and systematic engineering services and efficiency during the extraordinary period. "I was very worried about the impact of the epidemic on the project and the delay of the construction period. I didn't expect that Zheng Chang team was so persistent, quality-oriented and trustworthy, not only without delay, but ahead of schedule," he said.

Visit the Zheng Chang website, HERE.

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Gazel Makina company profile

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IGP Institute to host Bühler KSU expert milling courses

In-depth course covering milling processes to be offered in English and Spanish. Industry professionals that have an extensive milling background are invited to attend the Bühler–KSU Expert Milling course. There will be an English section offered March 2–6th, 2020, and a Spanish section offered March 9–13th, 2020.

'This course is great for anyone with more than five years of milling experience,' says Jason Watt, Bühler Instructor of Milling. 'The classroom lectures and hands-on activities will help individuals take their milling experience and expertise and fine-tune it.'
Jason Watt, Bühler milling instructor at the IGP Institute, shows the wheat product to participants in the Bühler–KSU Expert Milling course during a wheat conditioning exercise at the Hal Ross Flour Mill.
Image credit: IGP KSU

Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, flow sheet technology, optimum machine adjustment and mill handling, special cleaning systems, tempering of wheat, starch damage and mill pneumatic systems. Participants will also spend time completing practical exercises in the Hal Ross Flour Mill.

Past course participant, Chris Craft, head miller at Grain Craft in Birmingham, Alabama, describes his experience at the Bühler–KSU Expert Milling course and the valuable knowledge that he gained throughout the course.

'I wanted to advance my knowledge and try to advance in the field where I can look at more detailed operations in the industry,' says Mr Craft. 'I was able to ask questions about my own mill and setup and get some insight from the instructors, and they really gave me some ideas and direction to make improvements when I go back.'

In addition to flour milling and grain processing, the IGP Institute offers courses in the areas of feed manufacturing and grain quality management, and grain marketing and risk management.

To learn more about these other training opportunities, visit the IGP Institute website, HERE

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