June 03, 2015

03/06/2015: Industry profile: Satake - A global company with a local outlook

First published in Milling and Grain, March 2015

Darren Parris from Milling and Grain magazine travelled to Hiroshima in Japan to take a tour of the Satake Corporation head quarters, and took a tour of the Satake museum and sales hall.

When you first visit Satake Corporation, it is immediately evident that they are a company who care about their global impact. Although this may sound like a cliché, the ethos of caring or ‘The Satake Spirit’ as it is known to those at the company, is so ingrained into Satake culture, it is overwhelming.
Satake are very proud of their heritage and close links with the city of Hiroshima having been based there since 1896.  One cannot think of Hiroshima without remembering the very tragic events of August 6th 1945 when at 08:15am the Enola Gay dropped the Atomic Bomb named Little Boy on the city. 
Detonating about 1900 ft from the ground, it created a blast equivalent to 16 kilotons of TNT killing some 80,000 people immediately with a further 80,000 to 100,000 dying over the coming months. I can simply say that everyone I met in Hiroshima had a family member affected by this event.

During my visit I was taken to a beautiful memorial Peace Park in remembrance of the lost city. The park now serves as a strong message as well as a very proud statement for the community that pulled together to rebuild the city.
Image: ishare Japan
Satake have never left Hiroshima since their inception. Furthermore, the corporation played an integral part in supporting the growth and rebuilding that followed the events of August 6th, 1945.

Today, Satake’s efforts have culminated into building a first class globally recognised corporation which can quite simply be summed up as 'The Satake Spirit'. The Satake Spirit is comprised of the following sentiments:
Think nothing is impossible
Be intellectually humble
Understand the hearts and minds around you

If you are a miller and you think of Satake, you would be forgiven for thinking of them primarily as an optical sorting company. Having spent a week in Japan, I would like to expand upon this.

A company with 119 years of history
When you take into account the Satake Spirit and learn about Satake’s future aspirations, their drive comes from a continued commitment to improving the health of a global population through superior taste and nutrition.

To explain where Satake are today, it is important to look back at what Satake has achieved over the last century looking at their unbridled list of ‘Firsts' and unsurpassed list of ‘Awards’.

Image: Steven Depolo
Undoubtedly this list of firsts and plethora of awards is impressive. The global awards truly underpin the drive for excellence that you witness at every level.  Since its inception, Satake now has 12 global offices servicing over 150 countries with just under 3000 employees.

With between 50 percent to 98 percent of the 'Global Rice Mills’ market, depending on the region, there is no doubt as to why they are the number one choice for many millers.

And of course, it's not just rice, Satake has five sectors to its business, which are:

  1. Rice Milling, which includes everything from Laboratory Equipment, Farm Processing Machinery, Conditioning and storing through to rice milling for both food and breweries.
  2. Wheat & Corn, which includes debranning machines, maize degermer, rollermills through to the famous PeriTec Flour Milling Plant
  3. Food, which includes Rakumeshi Packed Rice, Instant rice, Kitchen Rice Mill to Instant Pasta.
  4. Environmental Systems, which includes Biomass, composting plants, snow utilisation facility to biomass boilers.
  5. Industrial Machinery, which includes Plastic recycling systems, Optical sorters, plastic Pellet Polishers to the Satake Induction Motor (SIM).
Read the magazine HERE.

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