June 21, 2017

22/06/2017: An intensive two-day exchange of knowledge and ideas at: The Global Millers’ Symposium 2017

by Roger Gilbert, CEO, Perendale Publishers Ltd

Flour millers are notorious for wanting to remain in their mills, overseeing the milling process

It’s only natural after all, when you consider the importance of the products they produce and the demands placed upon them in terms of time, attention to material detail, monitoring processes and ensuring the products produced satisfy discerning customers and consumers on a daily basis.
 
Volkmar Wywiol, the Chairman of Mühlenchemie, expressed his
pleasure in welcoming delegates to the largest event held so far

Therefore, it was surprising, and gratifying, to see a large number of millers represented among the 300 delegates attending last month’s Global Millers’ Symposium held in Hamburg, Germany. What drew them to Hamburg and two full days of presentations at the Bucerius Law School, which was the venue for the symposium?

It was the quality of the presentations on offer and the opportunity to engage with not only other millers but with a significant number of European and international grain and cereal organisations. In fact, this the sixth edition of the Global Millers’ Symposium was jointly hosted by Mühlenchemie and the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) and attracted millers and others in the industry from 54 countries to listen to 40-plus presentations delivered by experts from more than 12 countries. This year’s event was also partnered by leading industry suppliers, such as AkzoNobel, BASF, Brabender, Chopin, SGS, Perten and Diosna.

Setting the scene
Volkmar Wywiol, the chairman of Mühlenchemie, expressed his pleasure when welcoming delegates to the largest event held so far. “You will hear many presentations over these two days,” he told the gathering.

“Knowledge transfer is the focus of this symposium. The exchange of ideas and the renewing of old friendships is also important. My model in life is that business is to make friendships. Please do this.”

He explained that Mühlenchemie had a proud 94-year of history of assisting the development of flour milling around the world with a focus on the “white gold” products that match the demands of both customers and consumers alike who rely on bread and pasta.

“Like no other company in this area, we have been assisting the flour milling for generations.” His company serves more than 2000 mills in 120 countries and they in turn rely on the company’s range of specialist products, its expertise and its innovations, he added.

Dr Hamit Köksel, President of ICC, the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, which was founded in 1955 on the occasion of the 3rd International Bread Congress in Hamburg, Germany as the International Association for Cereal Chemistry, is one of the foremost organisations dedicated to international cooperation, the dissemination of knowledge and the improvement in safety and quality of cereal-based foods. ICC is headquartered in Vienna and has 24 country members.

“With a growing world population the network of cereal scientists and technologists has never been more critical in providing food security and sustainability,” he told the audience.

He praised the opportunity the symposium provided for networking and the exchange of ideas from a number of countries. He spoke about the need to address misinformation concerning gluten and the avoidance of recalls due to salmonella and other bacteria.

“These kind of food safety issues can be devastating for the reputations of companies as well as challenging for the health and safety of the consumer. Therefore, food safety must remain a priority for the foreseeable future.

“ICC is dedicated to the advancing of knowledge and understanding of cereals science through research, education, training and networking. ICC can only achieve this working with all stakeholders such as Mühlenchemie,” he concluded.


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Profile: Norwood and Company




With almost 100 years of collective experience in the family business, Norwood and Company has provided multiple services to our customers that have been used to help launch their projects and keep them under budget and on time.

According to their website "We know the mechanical workings of the grain, feed, and milling industries like no one else, and our knowledge can make the difference between a successful project and a costly one."


Visit the website HERE.
 

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22/06/2017: Sam Paquet retained as independent manufacturer representative for Brock Grain Systems in Eastern Canada

Sam Paquet has been retained as an independent manufacturer representative in Eastern Canada for Brock Grain Systems, according to Dave Dell, Global Marketing and Sales Director for the CTB Inc. business unit

 
Sam Paquet
Photo credit: Brock Grain Systems
Mr Paquet will provide Brock’s sales team with sales and dealer support services in Ontario and other Eastern Canada provinces for the company’s line of storage, handling, conditioning and structural products for grain.

With over 17 years of experience in the poultry and livestock equipment business, Mr Paquet has sold and supervised the installation of products such as commercial laying barns and new style sow gestation crates.

He also worked as a network and internet security specialist for several years prior to entering agribusiness. A native of the Eastern Townships area of Quebec, Canada, Mr Paquet earned a computer technician degree from College CDI in Quebec.

He is fluent in both English and French. Mr Paquet currently resides with his family in Cowansville, Quebec. 


About Brock

Part of the CTB, Inc. family of companies, Brock Grain Systems is a global provider of grain storage, handling, conditioning and structural systems. Brock has a long tradition of developing industry-leading, innovative products and a reputation for delivering BROCK SOLID® reliability and durability. Founded in 1957, Brock offers systems under the Brock®, LeMar® and Riley® brands. The company operates facilities in Indiana, Iowa and Missouri and features an extensive dealer network.

About CTB
CTB, Inc. is a leading global designer and maker of systems and solutions for storing, conveying and preserving grain; producing poultry, pigs and eggs; and processing poultry, fish, vegetables and other foods. The company also produces stables, buildings and products for various other applications. CTB’s strategy for growth includes best cost manufacturing, a product-driven focus, expanded global physical presence, strategic acquisitions and enhanced financial strength. The Berkshire Hathaway-owned company serves its customers through a worldwide distribution network.


Visit the Brock website, HERE.

Visit the CTB website, HERE.
 

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21/06/2017: Veronica Rovelli promoted to Senior Director



 Veronica Rovelli, of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), has been promoted to Senior Director of meetings and events. 

 Miss Rovellie has been with AFIA since 2008 and is responsible for the planning and implementation of all AFIA meetings, webinars and the International Feed Expo. 


 Sarah Novak, AFIA vice president of membership and public relations commented, “Veronica is a true model of AFIA’s values. She always put members’ needs first, she is a team player, and she sets a bar of excellence in everything she does. This promotion is well deserved." 

 Visit the AFIA website here.
 

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June 20, 2017

21/06/2017: Nutriad launches trace minerals in USA

The American pork sector continues strong in 2017, driven by the export market and slightly lower hog weights

Companies across the sector are investing in new plants and supply is set to increase by three percent to four percent this year. With this positive outlook in mind, the World Pork Expo (WPE) in Des Moines, Iowa (USA) was set to be a success. 


 
Image credit: K-State Research and Extension on Flickr
At the WPE, multinational feed additives producer Nutriad shared information on its leading technologies and new product lines.

During the show, Nutriad launched its NutriTrace® minerals, a new line of organic minerals, developed by using state-of-the-art technology, which finally offers the industry new ideas on mineral nutrition.

According to Guilherme Bromfman, Business Director for Nutriad in the Americas, “The NutriTrace® product line is a great addition to the company’s portfolio as it represents an improvement on the industry standards, the same way our other technologies do, showing once again Nutriad’s strength in science and research.”

The WPE also offered Nutriad the opportunity to present and discuss its recently concluded safety studies in support of the precision delivery coated sodium butyrate, Ultramix C®.

“The safety studies, conducted in several renowned institutes in North America and Europe, required an investment close to a half million Dollars. Nutriad considers such an investment and commitment a must, as we need to make sure our customer’s brand is protected” said Steve Moreland, VP Technical Services for Nutriad.

As market leader in the palatability business, with more than 50 years of experience, customers were keen to interact with Nutriad’s technical and sales staff to find out about latest research and trends. The imprinting concept that Nutriad promotes generated a lot of interest from the producers present and confirmed the innovative strategy of the company.


Read more HERE.
 

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CSI company profile




The 20,000 m2 factory and the office of the ÇSİ, is equipped with the highest quality engineering and producing technology.

Their goal is to sell our products using the ÇSİ brand in the domestic and abroad markets; presenting the highest quality and service, combined with our experiences they have gained over the years.

All of the equipment they use in the production of our silos have ISO 9001:2000 certificate and supplies all the requirements of the Quality Management System.

ÇSİ has become an expert in the production of the silos and equipment, in their highest technology equipped institutions.

Having adequate technology, manpower and substructure, ÇSİ has an impressive place in the market.

Their main attribute is the capability of doing the montage of the silos, which have different diameter and tonnages, their carrying equipment and the concrete bottoms at the shortest duration as possible.

This attribute is the root of their success.

ÇSİ has proved its difference with its experienced quality control unit and Ar-Ge unit.

ÇSİ uses modern machines and equipment in all the steps of the production and its engineering team which has the highest technology and quality, analyses the necessities of the customers continuously.

The experienced engineering team in the Ar-Ge department, uses the latest computer programmes and techniques while preparing the project designs, developments, patterns, drawings and the production systems.

ÇSİ is always continuing its search of quality

The basic components of their quality of production is the necessities of our customers combining with the highest technology.

The main aim of ÇSİ is to improve its success day by day and give the customers the continuous and the best quality of product and service.

Visit the website HERE.
 

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21/06/2017: The 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition closed its doors on June 15 in Stockholm

The global biomass community gathered in Stockholm to conduct business, network and discuss the latest developments and innovations as well as to discover the most innovative bioenergy applications from industry and to hear about the state of play and the policy context that are shaping this sector

 
Image credit: Oregon Department of Forestry on Flickr
1537 conference delegates from 70 countries attended and, as the hosting country, Sweden ranked first by number of participants, followed by Germany and Italy.

More than 850 presentations covering the entire scope of biomass value chains were given as well as two parallel events and five workshops conducted. As part of the event programme, a tour to Scandinavian Biogas Södertörn Plant was also organised.

David Baxter, Former European Commission, Joint Research Centre, explained, “the very strong message we all heard at the beginning of the conference was that replacement of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) in the shortest possible time is absolutely essential. There is no time to lose eliminating fossil carbon emissions from the activities of human society. It is clear that all available alternatives to fossil fuels are needed and that biomass is an essential component in the transition to a 100 percent renewable society. Hence the main theme of the conference, “The indispensable role of biomass. While maintaining adherence to the principles of environmental sustainability it is therefore obvious that it is a question of how biomass can be utilised for bioenergy, biofuels, biochemicals and the wider bioeconomy and not whether biomass should be used at all. Strategies for integrated use of biomass within the widest scope of land use are essential.”

Appropriate technologies are already being exploited as we heard in EUBCE 2017 and research will continue to EUBCE 2018 and beyond.

Henrik Hernrooth, Chairman of the Boards of Pöyry PLC and Chairman of the Climate Leadership Council, Conference General Co-Chair said, “I feel that we need to gradually move from sustainability debate into sustainable action. In order to define what it is sustainable we need better measurements of biomass. Biomass is visible from the satellite and it is an interesting carbon stock that we can now measure with proper tools. Much of the debate about future is about threats. We need to move this debate into a positive vision.”

Heinz A. Ossenbrink, Former European Commission, Joint Research Centre, described his perspective on integrating renewable energies along eight Vs (vision, variety, versatility, vectors, value, vulnerability, visibility, victory) concluding that renewable energy could provide 100 percent of Europe’s energy by 2042.

Gustav Melin, Managing Director, Svebio said, “In the last ten years, we got three times more carbon assimilated in biomass than what is needed for one year global energy supply. So, I would like to give two messages to all scientists: stop talking about bioenergy as a limited resource. All facts show that there is enough biomass for all energy needs. Stop talking about non-food biomass: it is an irrelevant argument, there are always other reasons behind starvation than our capacity to grow food.”

 Nicolae Scarlat, Technical Programme Chairman, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate, summarised the results of the conference into four take-home messages, “We need long term vision, policy consistency and stability; we need transformation of the economy, not a marginal change; we need technology specific policies instead of technology neutrality; we need phase-out fossil fuels and keep fossil carbon in the ground.”

The 26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition will take place in Denmark on 14-18 May 2018 and will include a technical tour.

EUBCE Background

EUBCE is the most important international conference for the biomass sector, combined with a technology exhibition. For more than 30 years, it has been serving as the annual meeting point for biomass experts from research, development and the industry.

With presentations addressing the latest technologies, the policy framework, and the medium and long-term strategies and potentials, EUBCE is the interface between science, industry and policy makers.

The quality of the EUBCE programme is excellent, ensured by the Scientific and Industry Committee comprising 140 international biomass experts. At 2017 EUBCE more than 3,856 authors and co-authors from 80 countries around the world were involved in preparing abstracts for contributions.

More than 800 keynote, plenary, oral and visual presentations will be held during EUBCE. The EUBCE Conference programme is coordinated by the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

The event is supported by European and international organisations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Natural Sciences Sector, WCRE - the World Council for Renewable Energy, EUBIA - the European Biomass Industry Association, CEI - The Central European Initiative, FNR - Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, GBEP - Global Bioenergy Partnership, and other organisations.


Read more HERE.
 

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June 19, 2017

Alapala company profile



Establishing plants at any desired capacity, Alapala Machine is a company that exports 95 percent of its current production today and has hundreds of references in over 75 countries in 4 continents including developed industrial countries such as Belgium, France, Italy, Canada and USA. Alapala continually develops and expands thanks to its superior technology infrastructure, perfectionist staff and management, and its quality and customer-oriented approach.

It renders the best before-sales and after-sales services with its staff specialized in their industry, overseas representatives, strong service networks and spare-part stocks.

Alapala can manufacture quality and high performance machinery where the best efficiency ad products can be obtained in the production facilities that have the most developed and state-of-the art technology.
Alapala’s lines of business:

•    Wheat flour mills,
•    Semolina mills,
•    Corn flour mills,
•    Rice processing plants,
•    Feed mills,
•    Cereal storage systems,
•    Weighing, conveying, packing equipment
•    Harbour facilities under the licence of Tramco Inc-USA

 

Visit the company website HERE.


 

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20/06/2017: Tradition and modernism in agriculture

by Chris Jackson, Export Manager UK TAG

Following on from last month’s column I have been visiting some of the family farms in Australia, where farm visiting is a constant reminder to me of the importance of farming and food production - something that in the western world our political leaders take for granted
 
Chris Jackson

Without food and water not one of us can exist, something our political elite should be reminded of before their complacency causes a real problem.

When I am visiting established farms it is a salutary reminder, that apart from the New World, the same land has been tilled and farmed through many hundreds of generations.

This practice will continue to be so through future generations, so it is imperative that each generation of farmers leaves the land in good condition for future generations.

This must be a primary focus, but at the same time we need food so we have to look to science and genetics to improve yields. This will allow farmers and their advisers to be the final arbiters on their production techniques. After all, they are the ones with the vested interest in efficient production.
 

This can be done quite successfully without the need to destroy precious rain forests, however we will need a more enlightened political elite to overrule political lobbyists.

Those who would have us farming with 500 year old technologies, no fertilisers and no crop protecting sprays, meaning of course most of the world would then be hungry.

 Of course we must be sure that toxic chemicals do not enter the supply chain. Farmers have an overriding responsibility to ensure safe food; criminals will be unscrupulous for money so efficient policing is essential.

Going back to my farming background also serves as a useful reality check in this world of high technology.

Whilst I was in Australia, Queensland was hit by a devastating tornado. Much was made in the media of damage to houses and property, but for a country, whose agricultural industry is key to the economy not a lot was said about crop losses.

Houses can be mended quickly but when a crop is lost it takes another year to replace, in national terms the losses were quite small but devastating to the farmers.


Read the full article, HERE.
 

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20/06/2017: Symaga Group experiences production and hiring record

Symaga Group has beaten its own manufacturing record in the first semester of 2017: with 23 million tons of steel processed, they have experienced a 10 percent growth compared to 2015 and 2016, their previous historic records
  
Image credit: Symaga Silos

This expansion has been followed by a 10 percent increase of their workforce, reaching 250 employees in 2017 for the whole Symaga Group.

Leading worldwide projects, such as the ones being developed in Ukraine of 240,000 tons storage facilities and a new port terminal in Odessa, along with further expansion in Asia, Africa and Middle East, has allowed them to reach these figures.

Symaga is currently involved in key grain storage projects all around the world and reinforces its position as a market leader. Thanks to their state-of-the-art fully automated factory, they can provide storage solutions for different fields such as breweries, animal feeding, port facilities, flourmill, ethanol, drying, and storage of raw materials for the plastic industry.

Their know-how comes backed by an experience of more than thirty years in the silo industry. Symaga wants to thank this achievement to its clients and, of course, its work team.


Visit the Symaga website, HERE.
 

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Yenar company profile



With more than 20 years experience in the sector, Yenar have a state of the art production plant on an area of 40,000 m2, of which 18,000 m2 is covered. 

Domestic and global leaders since 1995, Yenar's equipment range includes rolls manufactured using the most up to date technology by means of the double pour centrifugal casting method. These rolls are in demand in many food sectors. 

Manufacturing 22,000 units annually of various diameters and lengths as of 2014, Yenar is the fastest growing Turkish company in the sector, supplying hundreds of food sector producers in both domestic and foreign markets by means of professional sales teams. 


Visit the website HERE
 

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19/06/2017: The accordion, the contrarian and the robot

by Christophe Pelletier


Although change happens all the time, in some areas human nature demonstrates great constancy

 
Christophe Pelletier

One of these areas is how Pavlovian we react to market fluctuations. Agriculture knows many cycles, most of which are as much the result of human nature as the mechanics of economics.

In the time of high commodity prices that preceded and followed the Great Recession of 2008, one of the main questions I was asked about the future of agriculture was to give predictions about prices and profitability of agriculture. This is a tricky exercise if there is any.

So many factors can influence both supply and demand that it is unrealistic to believe someone could predict with certainty future prices. Price predictions would only be meaningful by predicting costs at the same time.

Despite the difficulty, many economists venture in the exercise. The levels of accuracy are disappointing. Past research on economists’ and gurus’ predictions has shown accuracy levels of 47 percent on average.
 

In other words, tossing a coin would statistically be more accurate by a margin of three percent. When “predicting” the future, it is more useful to focus on patterns rather than trying to miraculously try to pull the right numbers. Human nature is rather predictable.

When prices and profitability are good, suppliers want to produce more, because they expect the result to be even higher profits. It is intuitive, and it would work fine only if the competitors did not follow the same thinking.

Unfortunately, they do and the result is an increase in supplies. As it takes two to have a supplier-customer relationship, the flip coin of the high price medal is that buyers are less warm to buy more of what increase their costs. I like to compare value chains to an accordion.

There is only so much money that flows between the two ends of the entire chain, and all the links must share that money. One end is the consumer market and depending on prices, consumers switch foods when prices reach a pain threshold.

Since the amount of money entering value chains actually come from the consumer end, consumer resistance limits the elasticity of the entire chain. Thus, depending on the relative supply and demand between the individual links of the chain, some see their profitability expand while others see it shrink.


Read the full article, HERE.
 

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June 18, 2017

19/06/2017: Pancosma strengthens sales team in Central and Eastern Europe

Pancosma announces two appointments to its sales team dedicated to the Central and Eastern European region
 
Dawid Kolacz 
Photo credit: Pancosma

Dawid Kolacz has been appointed Area Sales Manager, and Dr Marcin Korczyński has taken on the role of Technical Support Manager for the region.

They report directly to Ronald Kräft, Sales Director for Central, Eastern and Northern Europe.

These appointments are part of ongoing efforts by Pancosma to strengthen its presence in the region.

Dawid recently joined the company. He is trained in animal nutrition, and has prior sales experience in the area of premixes and feed additives. 

 
Dr Marcin Korczyński
Photo credit: Pancosma
Marcin has been with Pancosma for six years. He obtained his PhD in animal sciences in 2011, and has previous experience in product development and formulation.

About Pancosma
Founded in 1947, Pancosma is a global pioneer in developing, manufacturing and distributing a wide range of innovative feed additives. The company is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is present in 75 countries worldwide.

Visit the Pancosma website, HERE.





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19/06/2017: Industry-leading training taught at food safety course

Participants in the food safety industry gained training experience and knowledge of new food safety industry requirements

Many wonder about new safety requirements and the necessary elements of having an effective animal food safety plan.
  
Course instructor, Cassandra Jones, discusses feed manufacturing
and technology during the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Center tour.
Photo credit: IGP Institute - Kansas State University
A course in the Food and Drug Administration’s animal food safety regulatory requirements answered these questions and many more at the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)–KSU Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) Feed Industry Training course held at the IGP Institute Conference Centre May 23–25, 2017.

The course instructors primarily discussed the fundamentals of animal food safety and provided participants with a framework to develop and implement a plan for animal food safety.

“It’s been enlightening,” says Matt Repking, quality control manager at The Equity in Effingham, Illinois. “I’ve liked seeing how the industry as a whole is working and to be able to actually use it as a tool. The opportunities and connections made will be valuable to reach out and find information when you need it.”

This FSMA training had an additional secondary HACCP component that was accredited by the HACCP Alliance. After successfully completing both of these courses in the program, participants received two certificates and can demonstrate they are a “preventative controls qualified individual” to the FDA.

“The best part of the course is the interaction among participants,” says Cassandra Jones, associate professor at Kansas State University.

“We have people from various parts of the grain and feed industry learning the regulations alongside one another and those who will be inspecting them. This encourages valuable discussion to help facilities learn their options for compliance with the rules, and also helps inspectors understand the complexity that compliance can add to existing facility operations.”

For more information about other upcoming courses visit the IGP website, HERE.


To register for this course please visit the IGP registration, HERE.

 

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June 16, 2017

16/06/2017: Exploring the functional properties of legumes

"Legumes" Image courtesy of Campden BRI
Legumes - an alternative to cereals?  
A paper by Campden BRI

 "There is increasing interest in the applications of legumes and pseudocereals in novel foods. They are high in protein and gluten free making them suitable for use as cereal substitutes in many vegetarian and gluten-free products. 

 We’ve been investigating the potential applications of cereal alternatives; exploring the functional characteristics of the starch in different pseudocereals and pulses to better understand which applications they may be suited to."

Click here to read the full article and see the original white paper from Campden BRI. 
 

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16/06/2017: Mondi wins three PSSMA awards for outstanding plant safety

 
Mondi Hot Lock Bag - Image courtesy of Mondi
The Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association (PSSMA) has announced the winners of its Safety Awards Program for 2016. 


 We are delighted to announce that three Mondi Industrial Bags plants in North America won PSSMA awards for plant safety in recognition of the “Best annual safety experience”. The winning plants were Louisville (Kentucky), Arcadia (Louisiana) and Salt Lake City (Utah). Moreover, Arcadia and Louisiana achieved zero incidents rates in 2016. 

 The awards were presented at the organisation’s seminar in Vancouver (Washington) on 26 April. 

 Mondi Salt Lake City won for the best annual safety experience in the category of plants reporting more than 300,000 man-hours. Shelley Balback, Safety, Health and Environment Manager for Salt Lake City, credits the plant’s achievement and safety attitude that shows great team effort. The plant is SQF (Safe Quality of Food) level 3 certified and mainly serves the building products/cement, chemical/mineral, pet and food industries. Salt Lake City produces three main bag types: pasted valve, pinch bottom and PeelPak® for the dairy industry. 

 Mondi’s Louisville and Arcadia plants both won for the best annual safety experience in the category of 150,000–225,000 man-hours with zero reportable incidents. The Louisville plant continues its successful year with no recordable incidents. Jason McCarty, Safety, Health and Environment Manager at Louisville, stated, “This is mainly due to a strong safety culture with the production employees and management’s commitment to safety. Supervisors incorporate safety into their daily routines. Everyone looks out for one another and doesn’t hesitate to speak up about safety issues.” Mondi’s Louisville plant manufactures woven polypropylene industrial bags used in the food and animal feed industries. 

 Rick Brown, Arcadia Plant Manager, mentioned, “With 2017 upon us, we must stay focused and continue to watch out for our fellow team members. Whether it is at work or home, we must all become involved and step up our efforts in order to maintain the great achievement.” Arcadia is a major supplier of refuse multiwall paper bags: biodegradable, recyclable and ideal for composting. It specialises in the production of refuse and PSOS (square bottom) bags. 

 According to Mark Ushpol, President of Mondi Industrial Bags in North America, the awards reflect Mondi’s Zero Harm safety philosophy and fundamental values set out in The Mondi Way. “Passion for performance, caring and acting with integrity are Mondi’s core values,” says Ushpol. “Across all of our plants, the teams work effectively to cultivate a safe, productive and harmonious work environment that supports engagement in safety, ultimately leading to the results and accolades that flow from this.”

Learn more about the Mondi bags here. 
 

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16/06/2017: Major silo order in Egypt completed by Cimbria

Cimbria silo plant in El Marashdah, Upper Egypt
Image courtesy of Cimbria
 23 large silo plants supplied by Cimbria to Egypt were commissioned and officially inaugurated by the President of Egypt, H.E Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, during a mammoth event in El-Marashda, near Luxor, on 14th May 2017. 

 This project is believed to be the largest order for silo plants ever made, comprising a total storage capacity of no less than 1.38 million tonnes of wheat, and with a contract value for Cimbria of more than 100 million US dollars. 

 Around 400 VIPs were gathered in an air-conditioned tent at the silo site where Egyptian President H.E. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian Prime Minister and 3 other ministers were present during the six hour event. The President headed the official opening of the silo, in addition to appearing via a video link in order to open 3 other silo installations and new infrastructure projects. 

 The President visited the control room and inspected the plant in operation as it received and discharged grain. Cimbria garnered huge praise in connection with the role it has played in the successful completion of the mega project on time. 

 With per capita consumption of around 250 kg/year, Egypt is a major grain consumer, as well as being the world’s biggest importer of wheat, with an annual import of 17 million tonnes of different grain products. Furthermore, local production takes place on 4 percent of Egypt’s rural land, primarily in the Nile Delta and in areas on the banks of the Nile all the way down to the Sudanese border. This results in a total production of 23 million tonnes of a range of different grain products. 

 The locations of the 23 plants stretch from the Mediterranean Sea and Sinai all the way down to Aswan, in addition to a plant that has been constructed in the Sahara desert 600 km west of Aswan, where an oasis provides water for wheat production. 

 The Government of Egypt selected the 23 sites, with priority being given to grain-producing and grain-consuming areas throughout the country where silos did not previously exist, in addition to extensive, newly reclaimed and cultivated desert areas where water has been made available for irrigation and new cities are being built – in the Sinai desert, for example. 

 In the past, the majority of locally produced grain was stored in open outdoor sack storage or bag storage facilities, with losses of up to 30% as a consequence. Moreover, handling this grain in bags has proved costly, as a result of which the Egyptian government decided to switch to modern bulk handling and fully enclosed storage silos in order to improve food security and minimise post-harvest losses. 

 One of the main criteria for awarding this huge contract to Cimbria was the company’s numerous reference plants in the Middle East and its ability to undertake the entire mechanical/electrical project on a turnkey basis, including architectural/mechanical and electrical design and engineering, in addition to the design and calculation of steel structures, silos and loads for all foundations and structures for each of the 23 plants. 

 Time was also a critical factor in the decision to award the contract to Cimbria, with its huge modern production facilities enabling Cimbria to deliver no less than 1400 containers with around 25,000 tonnes of steel and equipment within a period of just nine months, followed by approximately one year for installation. The project has been closely managed by Cimbria project management teams in both Denmark and Egypt. 

 Cimbria supplied all conveying equipment, cleaners, laboratory equipment, silos, electronic control units featuring SCADA/PLC, spare parts for threeyears of operation and delivery to Egypt. The project also included the supervision of the installation of equipment and electrical systems at all 23 facilities simultaneously. During the installation phase, Cimbria had up to 46 supervisors and managers working in Egypt. 

 Following installation, Cimbria conducted a training programme in which 20 Egyptian employees at each plant received instruction in operation and maintenance. Final capacity testing was performed prior to handing over the many new plants. Each of the 23 plants has a silo capacity of 60,000 tonnes, including conveying and cleaning facilities with a capacity of 200 tonnes per hour. Total silo capacity will thus amount to 1.38 million tonnes. All of the 23 silo plants have received grain from the current wheat harvest that began in April. 

 Cimbria’s turnkey project solutions are recognised worldwide for their ability to ensure the highest possible utilisation of essential grain crops whilst keeping losses to a minimum. These projects are undertaken by a project department in Denmark with a staff of 150 people. 

 12 of the 23 plants are for the government-owned Ministry of Supply and Home Trade. These plants will be used for locally produced grain and as buffer and intermediate storage facilities for imported wheat. The remaining facilities are for the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and are installed at remote locations throughout the country, thus enabling farmers to deliver and sell locally produced grain. 

 Cimbria has delivered an almost uninterrupted sequence of grain facilities to Egypt during the last 25 years, and now has more than 60 operational reference plants boasting a total storage capacity of some 2.5 million tonnes. Since 2012, Cimbria has had its own sales office in Egypt offering full after-sales service.

Visit the Cimbria website here. 
 

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June 15, 2017

15/06/2017: IOWA Swine Day promises prime pork programme and award-winning BBQ

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 The 6th annual Iowa Swine Day, to be held on June 29, will bring together leading figures from the US pork industry to discuss key issues facing the sector. 

 The use of science in agriculture will form a core part of the day, as Dr Joe Schwarcz from McGill University will discuss common misconceptions. 

 Other leading figures from the swine industry will highlight current economic trends, and share advice about making necessary diet changes to meet the challenges associated with new restrictions on feed antibiotics. 

 The day’s programme will be followed by a barbeque hosted by AB Vista and Techmix, and cooked by award-winning Smokey D’s. Nationally-renowned basketball coach Steve Prohm, who trains the Iowa State Cyclones, will appear as guest speaker to provide insights into Iowa State basketball, followed by Q&As. 

 Dr Pete Wilcock, Global Swine Technical Manager at AB Vista, says Iowa Swine Day has quickly become a key event on the calendar for forward-looking professionals. 

 He commented, “In a rapidly-changing industry it’s important that we share best practices, consider new innovations, and face challenges together. Iowa Swine Day enables exactly that – providing the ideal environment to learn and network.” 

 Held on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, the day promises to be informative and entertaining for veterinarians, pork producers and students. 

 Registration before midnight on June 17 costs US$50 and includes lunch, refreshments and notebook. Delegates can also register on the day of the event from 7:30am for US$75. Student registration is free before June 17; after that time students will receive a US$30 discount on registration. 

To view the full meeting program and register in advance, click here. 
 

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15/06/2017: DuPont Scientist to speak at AgriVision today

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 DuPont announced that Dr Andrew Morgan – DuPont Fellow and Chief Scientist, DuPont Nutrition & Health – will present on the emerging science of the microbiome and how it might potentially provide solutions to address the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance at AgriVision 2017. 

 The conference – which will run June 13-15, 2017, in Noordwijk aan Zee, the Netherlands – is organised by Nutreco, a global leader in animal nutrition and aqua feed. 

 Dr Morgan will join a wide range of speakers – including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. 

 At the conference three key themes will be explored: 

  • Technology and big data in agriculture. 
  • Agricultural development.
  • Strategies to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

 Dr Morgan’s presentation will focus on the global challenge of reducing antibiotic use, looking at how microbiome science might potentially enable solutions including probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes. 

 He said, “The science is relatively new – the microbiome has only been studied for the past 10 to 15 years. There are tens of trillions of microbial cells, more than 1,000 species of microbes encoding millions of genes in the human microbiome and it is apparent that it plays a very important role in our health. It is important to understand how antibiotics affect such an important microbial ecosystem and to find ways to mitigate any negative consequences including anti-microbial resistance.” 

 While the use of antibiotics has immense benefits, the effect on beneficial microbes in both the human and animal gut microbiome could pose other, potentially longer-term problems. Dr Morgan will highlight the results of a study showing that a probiotic can help reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal disorders caused by the use of antibiotics. In the area of animal nutrition & health, Dr Morgan will highlight how current feed enzymes and animal probiotics improve digestibility and promote animal gut health, and how microbiome science has the potential to yield future solutions to address AMR in livestock production. 

 Dr Morgan continued, “The future of microbial science as an answer for AMR is promising, but it is still early day. It will require a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach – the kind we’ve seen between DuPont and Nutreco – to find solutions to tackle this important global challenge.” 

 Viggo Halseth, Nutreco Chief Innovation Officer commented, “DuPont has been an important partner for Nutreco. Our collaboration on feed enzymes goes back decades. Promoting animal gut health is a focus area for Nutreco in finding nutritional solutions to combat AMR. We are eager to learn where microbiome science could help us in that respect.” 

 Follow the hyperlinks to learn more about DuPont solutions for gut health probiotics for humans and for animals. You may also download a copy of Dr. Morgan’s presentation. 

 Dr Andrew Morgan has over 35 years of experience in research and development, including human health & nutrition, animal nutrition, industrial enzymes and crop science as well as innovation management, business development and corporate venturing. He will be speaking during the afternoon session on Wednesday, June 14.

Visit the DuPont website here. 
 

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