September 16, 2016

16/09/2016: African milling group chooses Fawema for flagship project in South Africa

The Bakhresa Group of Companies is already firmly established in several East African nations since the company first moved into the milling industry from their base in Tanzania in the early 1980’s.

The group’s chairman and founding father Mr Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, from humble beginnings, has developed a highly successful business empire based largely on his own personal ethics of hard work and integrity coupled with exceptional vision and superb management skills.

The group’s ambition for further expansion in Africa saw them recently establish Bakhresa South Africa (Pty) Ltd. and purchase a site in Durban, Kwazulu Natal on the Indian Ocean coast, an ideal logistical and geographical location.

The chosen site was actually an existing mill that had been non-operational for several years – the Union Flour Mills was originally built in 1906 but required total redevelopment, expansion and of course - re-fitting with new, 21st century machinery and equipment.

The new mill would have a daily capacity of 750 metric tonnes. For the flour packing machinery, Bakhresa turned to Fawema, safe in the knowledge that Fawema had already supplied equipment for all their other mills in East Africa over the years.

Fawema’s vast wealth of knowledge and experience
As this was Bakhresa’s first venture into South Africa, they were also able to tap into Fawema’s vast wealth of knowledge and experience of the market, which in terms of packaging, is very different than that of East Africa.

Mark Wild, Fawema sales manager for Africa explains, “in East Africa, the standard retail flour pack sizes are 1 kg and 2 kg. Those packs are then baled into 24 kg baler sacks for storage and distribution. In South Africa the standard pack sizes are 1 kg, 2.5 kg, 5 kg, 10 kg and 12.5 kg; with the 1, 2.5 and 5 kg bags being collated and shrink wrapped in plastic bundles for storage and distribution. Therefore, right from the start of the project, we had to calculate correctly what the throughput volume targets should be on each bag size and plan-in the most suitable packing machinery for the task, bearing in mind also that floor space had to be utilized in the best way possible”.

Read the full article HERE.

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