July 12, 2016

12/07/2016: CTH Mills: A flour milling industry that’s based on friendships and patriotism

Milling and Grain reports on its visit to the latest new build in Taiwan – CTH Mills – that has the industry talking throughout South East Asia
First published in Milling and Grain, May 2016

Taiwan has not always been the graceful, peaceful and plentiful country it is today. There was a time following the Second World War when the country was in a poor state and conditions were tough for a population that had not long annexed itself from the Chinese mainland, and was relying on its own dedication and resources to establish a new beginning and to feed itself.
“My great grandfather built our original flour mill here in Taipei in 1953 – over 60 years ago. He had been working in Thailand prior to the war and operated a gold shop business in Bangkok’s Chinatown” says Brian Lin Suphananonta, who is in his early-30s and is now operating the family milling business which owns the newest flour mill in Taiwan.
Mr Suphananonta is a fourth generation flour miller at his family-owned Chiao Thai Hsing Enterprise Company where he has worked since 2012. He speaks excellent English and has studied at Boston University, USA, when he gained an undergraduate degree in finance and operation.
He has completed the IAOM Fundamental Milling Course, has attended the OCRIM Milling Training Course and has a KSU/ IGP Milling Specialist Credential.
In his role as ‘Assistant to the Chairman’, he oversees the day-to-day operation of the new mill, which is in the Yangmei District of Taoyuan on the outskirts of Taipei. He is supported by Plant Manager Cheng, who has worked in the family business for more than 50 years and is the second-longest serving employee. Alongside Mr Cheng is Leon Huang, who joined the company at the start of the new build in 2011, and is extremely knowledgeable about the new operating systems within the mill.
The government had asked skilled men “to do something in Taiwan for the food industry,” he adds. “After the war the Taiwan government asked businessmen who had gone abroad to invest in Taiwan and a lot of patriotic people like my great grandfather came back. He built one of the first flour mills in Taiwan.”   

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.

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