March 21, 2019

Satake and GABA rice market in China

by Houqing Liu, Manager, Grain Analysis Office, Satake Manufacturing (Suzhou) Co, Ltd, People’s Republic of China

Since 1949, the food industry in China has experienced four stages of transition. During the first stage, the market suffered a shortage of products and the country experienced constant hunger. During the 1980’s, the country began to produce sufficient products, as a result of agricultural policy reform and technology development, and the people were satisfied with the supply of food.

The period from the new millennium, until around 2015, is considered as a stage of food selection - consumers being able to select food that matched their desired taste from an abundant variety of products. 2015 onwards saw the start of a stage of functional foods.

Current statistics
For adults born in the first stage, especially the generation born in 1960’s and 70’s, satiety represents happiness since they remember the shortage of food. This is causing an over consumption of energy/fat resulting in a dramatic increase in the incidence of lifestyle disease in that age group. According to the 2015 data from China Food Daily and Guang Hua Best, there are 270 million hypertension sufferers, 92 million diabetics, over 100 million hyperlipemia sufferers, and 70 million obese patients in China.

Improvement in lifestyle and oversupply of food cause a continuous increase in chronic disease by over nutrition. Additionally, stress from pollution, work and social life is also considered as one of the major causes of the increase in lifestyle disease. Including potential patients, over 70 percent of the population requires some form of health improvement.

The lifestyle disease relates to both national development and economic growth. A study estimates the economic loss, due to production decrease caused by disease, is accumulated to be US $550 billion from 2005 to 2015. Dramatic changes in people’s lifestyle and environment, caused by industrialisation, urbanisation and population aging of the nation, has resulted in a continuous increase in the number of lifestyle disease patients and deaths. It is said that less than three percent of white workers in Chinese major cities are truly healthy.

On Baidu, there are 123,449 searches for “diet”, and 25,628 searches for “sleeping improvement”, on a given single day. On the other hand, there are only 640 searches for “health food”, and 151 for “health functional products”. The 2015 statistics published by the Chinese National Health Commission illustrates that only 6.8 percent of the population are knowledgeable in health-related information or are health conscious.

This indicates that the Chinese population has started to be more health-conscious but are still looking for a solution to maintain their health. The Chinese National Health Commission predicts that this number will grow to 20 percent by the year 2020.

Also, The General Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China issued the “Medium-to-Long Term Plan of China for the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases (2017-2025)” on January 22, 2017. According to the plan, the government will target a 10 percent decrease in the number of chronic diseases, currently 260 million between ages of 30-to-70, by 2020, applying effective preventative measures, and an additional 20 percent by 2025, through controlling the disease developing mechanism. The government is well aware of the issue and has started to take major counter measures to prevent it.

Read more HERE.

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Max Porter (Mysilo) company profile

Installing a grain storage facility is a very complicated operation. Many parameters need to be considered, such as climate conditions, features of the stored grain and specific loading and unloading requirements.

This is where the Mysilo team comes in, both as a consulting service and also for installing your turn-key facility. 

Supplied by the world’s finest steel mills, the high-strength galvanised steel used in Mysilo’s construction work is shaped in their own entirely computerised workshops. 

Visit the Mysilo website HERE

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Agricultural Economist joins IGP Institute

Guy H. Allen to lead the grain purchasing and risk management trainings.

With more than 25 years of industry experience in international commodities trading and marketing supply chains, Guy H. Allen has been hired as the senior agricultural economist for the IGP Institute. Mr Allen is set to start his position at the IGP Institute on March 25, 2019.
Guy H. Allen
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'Guy brings a wealth of knowledge and an understanding of a number of different global markets,' says Gordon Smith, IGP Institute director and head of the grain science and industry department. 'He also has an extensive history of teaching and is the perfect fit for this position.'

In this role, Mr Allen will lead the IGP Institute grain marketing and risk management curriculum. Along with teaching on-site and on location courses, Mr Allen will serve as an outreach specialist where he will host teams and engage with IGP Institute stakeholders. He will also work to identify research opportunities and collaborate with other grain science and industry faculty to support their teaching efforts. In all that he does, Mr Allen will work to continue to create a preference for US commodities.

'I am excited to be returning to North America, and for the opportunity to promote U.S. grains and oilseeds internationally,' Mr Allen says.

Prior to joining the IGP Institute, Mr Allen served as a founding director, company principal for Advance Trading AustralAsia providing risk management, consultant and commodities brokerage services within Australia and the Asia Pacific regions.

Mr Allen maintains a family connection with production agriculture, and has deep history of grain trading and merchandising experience. More recently, Mr Allen has worked to establish supply chains across for a range of commodities into Asia and China. He also has experience in implementation of integrated commodity management and accounting systems.

Mr Smith says, 'Guy lives the world of grain trading and understands the economics of moving grain and grain quality. He will be a great addition to our department and the IGP Institute team.'

For more information visit the KSU IGP website, HERE.

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March 20, 2019

GEAPS Exchange 2019 draws 2,836 attendees from 19 Countries

GEAPS Exchange 2019 drew 2,836 attendees from 19 countries to New Orleans to see and learn about the latest products and innovations in the grain handling and processing operations industry. The technical conference and exposition included a tradeshow with 407 exhibitors in 290,000 square feet of exhibit space, and over 30 hours of education in a variety of formats.

GEAPS International President Robert Taylor, Cargill, Minneapolis Chapter attended the event for the 15th time this year, and ranked the social events among the best he's personally attended.

'The Get-Acquainted Party had good live entertainment, great New Orleans food and live animals,' Mr Taylor said. 'It was a great venue for networking, and set the tone for the entire conference. Between the Expo, education and special events, Exchange 2019 was a terrific event.'

Mr Taylor also noted the success of the new grain entrapment rescue demo in the Expo Hall. The interactive training showed how first responders react to grain entrapment situations, and expanded on topics discussed in the Open Workshop. The demo routinely drew standing-room only crowds.

GEAPS Bestows Corbett Award, Recognises Top Recruiter
During the President's Banquet GEAPS recognised members who made exceptional contributions to GEAPS and the industry. This year, GEAPS honored Allan Tedrow, McCormick Construction, Greater Iowa, with the Corbett Award, GEAPS' highest award for Associate Members.

Read the full news release on the Corbett Award, HERE.

GEAPS also recognised R. Scott Brittingham, MCGOM, Mountaire Farms Inc, Mid-Atlantic, as the organisation's top recruiter for 2018.

Read the full release on the 2018 recruitment awards, HERE.

Outstanding Members and Chapters Recognised
GEAPS recognised outstanding individuals and companies that won annual Safety Awards at Exchange 2019. Please see the following news releases on the GEAPS website:
• 2018 Credential Earners
• 2018 Safety Award Winners
• 25-Year Members
• 40-Year Members
• Chapter Member of Distinction
• Chapter Cup and Outstanding Chapter Award winners

Top Attendance at Exchanges in GEAPS History
1. Kansas City 2017 with 3,859
2. Omaha 2014 with 3,379
3. St. Louis 2015 with 3,215
4. Denver 2018 with 2,918
5. Austin 2016 with 2,852

Exchange 2020 in Minneapolis
GEAPS Exchange 2020 will be held March 21-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Centre in Minneapolis, and booth sales are currently open. So far, 82 percent of available space has been reserved. The Expo Hall will showcase 272,000 square feet of grain handling and processing operations equipment, service and technology solutions. Registration and room blocks will open in the fall.

Booth sales have already begun for Exchange 2020. Contact GEAPS sales team by email or call (763) 999-4300 for more information about reserving booth space.

View the map of the Expo Hall, HERE.

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry's critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs, and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers. GEAPS' global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,500 individual members from about 1,050 companies.

For more information visit the GEAPS Exchange website, HERE.

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Total automation leads to reliable milling

by Delphine Cornic, Chopin, France

The world reference in the field of quality control of cereals, flours and their derivatives, Chopin Technologies, continues to advance its technological leadership with the Amylab FN, a new innovative solution for the detection of sprouted grains and the measurement of the alpha-amylase activity of flours.


Why monitor wheat alpha-amylase levels?
The first step of a comprehensive wheat quality control program is analysing the composition of the sample. It is especially important to measure the level of alpha-amylase, which plays a very important role during the production of leavened bread.

A shortage leads to hard-to-proof and low volume bread, whereas high amylase activity (due to sprouted grains) can lead to sticky dough and low bread volume with a red crust colour. There is an optimum level of alpha-amylase, which depends on the activity of the raw material (wheat, flour) and the activity of added enzymes.

It is, therefore, important for the industry to know alpha-amylase levels and to detect lots of sprouted grains, as soon as possible.

Identification of the presence of sprouted wheat by measurement of alpha-amylase activity, according to two methods: The Hagberg falling number and Testogram
In the grains industry, alpha-amylase activity is traditionally assessed by the Hagberg method. It was developed in the early 1960’s, to provide a rapid means of determining the α-amylase activity in sprout damaged wheat or rye. It is widely accepted today and is standardised by international organisations, such as the ICC, AACCI, ISO and ASBC.
The Amylab FN allows performing the Hagberg test with improved control of test conditions, compared to existing systems. It also adds the capability to have the same information, in a shorter time, using the Testogram mode. 

Read more HERE.

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IDMA 2019 now underway in Istanbul, Turkey

More than 200 companies from 26 countries, and over 7,000 visitors are currently attending IDMA, a wheat, feed and flour technology fair at the Istanbul Expo Centre, Istanbul, Turkey which runs from 20-23rd March. Milling and Grain's Turkish representative Mehmet Uğur Gürkaynak and Darren Parris are in attendance at the show and will be providing live updates via Twitter in English, HERE, and Turkish, HERE.
Official ribbon cutting ceremony at IDMA 2019
Image credit: Milling and Grain

The recession in the economy did not cut the pace of Turkish companies. Parantez Fair, which has been organising exhibitions ensuring millions of dollars of business contacts, is bringing around 7 thousand investors together in Istanbul.

The IDMA exhibition, where the latest technology of wheat, flour and feed sectors will be exhibited, serves as a hub for investors and technology companies. The IDMA Exhibition focuses on International Flour, Feed, Semolina, Rice, Corn, Bulghur Milling Machinery & Pulse, Pasta, Biscuit Technologies.

The March edition of Milling and Grain translated into Turkish, hot off the press and
available free of charge at the Milling and Grain stand
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Zübeyde Kavraz, General Manager of Parantez Group, the organiser of the exhibition, stated that IDMA will bring the world milling industry under one roof "Despite the current economic contraction, IDMA will delight both the participants and the visitors this year. IDMA will attract the attention of the global sector. Around 7,000 visitors came to the exhibition held in 2017 and we expect a better level of participation this year.'

IDMA to be held also in South America, Africa and Asia
Ms Kavraz said that exhibitors and visitors from different regions of the world have expressed their appreciation for the success of IDMA and that they are faced with the demands of extending the exhibitions to different regions of the world.

Going on to declare that Parantez Fair will begin organising additional exhibitions that will bring the sector together in South America, Africa and Asia.

"IDMA has so far played an important role in strengthening the brand awareness of firms serving in the milling sector, reaching new customers and diversifying their markets and establishing new export links. All sector stakeholders participating in IDMA; manufacturers, investors, engineers, academicians had the opportunity to meet under a roof to discuss the problems of the sector and to figure out the solutions. Our friends, who have seen these contributions, demanded that the exhibition to be organised in their own countries, too. Now I think it is time to respond to these demands. Counting on our experience in this sector, and our network that we have established with 85 thousand professionals and sector representatives across five continents, we decided to perform IDMA in Africa, Asia and South America," she said.

For more information visit the IDMA website, HERE.

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Zaccaria company profile


Result of a continuous work throughout its history, Zaccaria has become the leader in the Brazilian milling market , reaching 70 percent of a market of 12,000,000 tons / year. The Zaccaria products line also includes equipment for processing beans, maize and other cereals.

Together with agents locate throughout Brazil and the world, Zaccaria supplies a complete line of original and spare parts, rolls and rubber brakes.

Within the competitive market for cereal processing and the growing of globalisation, Zaccaria make all efforts to offer to its customers not only products with excellent quality and technology, but also personalised projects for specific purposes according to customers’ requirements, as well as technical assistance, commercial and technical support through highly qualified agricultural / mechanics engineers ,who are able to offer proper orientation regarding to the products for each customer, according to their needs.

The Zaccaria has the
CE certification in the milling cereals business, which enables them to market their products and services worldwide. They are market leaders in Latin America, being that about 50 percent of paddy production is processed by Zaccaria machinery Nowadays, Zaccaria is located in an area of 54 thousand square meters, 34 thousand covered by built area. It has a team on average 350 highly qualified and trained staff.

They have the honour of being a Brazilian company with national and international recognition by their achievements and the continuous improvement of its products and services offered to their customers.

Visit the company website, HERE.

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China’s African Swine Fever Conference co-hosted by Milling and Grain

by, Roger Gilbert, Publisher Milling and Grain Magazine
March 20, 2019
China's national pig herd is nearing crisis point following an outbreak of African Swine Fever. Unlike normal Swine Fever, the African variety is deadly and already China's pig numbers were down over 16 percent in February 2019 compared to the same month in 2018.
Sow numbers falling at just under 20 percent based on a survey of 28 percent of China's 1406 counties. This year from January to February, overall pig numbers are declining at roughly five percent per month.
There are more than 110 reported outbreaks of the deadly ASF in some 30 provinces, reports the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and the disease is spreading.
Milling and Grain has been called upon to co-host a one-day conference to address the issue of ASF in China, from the perspective of the feed manufacturer supplying feed to both infected, at-risk and clean farms. Milling and Grain has been invited by turn-key and equipment manufacturer Famsun to jointly host a meeting of some 200 large feed millers and pig producers in Beijing on March 27, 2019 to learn more about the disease, how it spreads and what can be done to either maintain or protect farms from contracting the disease.
The one-day conference will also look at what must be done to respond to the infection and how to go about rebuilding a farming operation following disease eradication.
There will be a range of local and international speakers on the programme with one specialist presenting from Spain and three specialists presenting from the UK.
'The UK is in a strong position to assist as it has faced several disease challenges over recent decades and has introduced strong bio-security on farms that protects both animals and farms by encouraging farmers to work together by creating an early-warning internet-based programme that can be used should a challenge occur and offer a robust and prescribed methodology for handing those threats,' says Milling and Grain publisher Roger Gilbert.
'We have provided three specialists from the UK with good knowledge of bio-security when it comes to disease prevention and identification in pig herds. And as our magazine is also published in Chinese we will be able to follow-up the advice and information given with further details for feed manufacturers to consider and adopt as we move forward.
'Working together is essential for the Chinese pig industry to combat and bring this devastating disease under control and feed manufacturers are in a good position to co-ordinate such an approach and work closely with pig farmers.
'This won't be an easy or short-term fix but an approach that addresses an ongoing issue that both feed manufactures and their pig-rearing clients must adopt and this is the first step in that process when farmers and feedmillers met on March 27 in Beijing.'
Biographies of speakers:
Chris ran a breeding company nucleus herd at his family farm in Staffordshire for 40 years before retiring from pig production in 2005. For the last 12 years he has worked full time as the export promoter for the British Pig Association, an Approved Trade Association for DIT supported export promotion programmes.
He has:
Played a leading role in the export recovery of the British Pig Industry organising overseas events with support from UKTI's SESA and TAP programmes. He has helped numerous small companies obtain funding to attend Trade Shows and Export Seminars in North & South America, Asia China and Europe resulting in multi million pound contracts.
Arranged inward missions using Govt and Industry match funding resulting in major business for SME's
Represented the industry at Export Certification User Group meetings with DEFRA and was a member of the sector group,( IATC) International Trade Forum and one of their sector specialists. Currently a Trade Challenge Partner for the UK Government.
Been instrumental in forming the British Agri Food Consortium which represents all aspects of the industry which will seek to become the new sector group.
Is an acknowledge expert on pig production worldwide with an in depth knowledge of the pig industry.
Until time restraints made it impractical to sit he was a Justice of the Peace for more than 25 years.

Dr Lawrence Brown, Sector Specialist, Department for International Trade, BVM&S MRCVS
Dr Lawrence Brown is the Animal Science & Aquaculture Sector Specialist for the UK Government's Agri-Tech Organisation within the Department for International Trade (DIT). His role is to increase overseas inward investment by linking academia and industry to develop world-class R&D and business opportunities in the sector. He provides scientific advice on animal and aquaculture health & welfare, from nutrition and genetics, to veterinary pharmaceuticals and sustainable agriculture.
Lawrence qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2010 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVM&S). After graduating he worked as a veterinarian in Cumbria, Derbyshire, Qatar and Australia. As a mixed- animal practitioner, Lawrence has treated animals of all shapes and sizes, his primary focus has been bovine, ovine and domestic species.
On returning to the UK, Lawrence accepted a role with a veterinary pharmaceutical company in technical marketing. He was the national representative of a team that launched a new drug molecule to the European veterinary market. In 2016 he was awarded a Diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and was a finalist for the 'Young Veterinary Marketer of the Year Award' (2015).
It was during that time he developed an interest in animal health innovation and biotechnology. This inspired a timely return to his home city of Edinburgh, which has the largest cluster of animal science companies in Europe. He started his own company, LJB Veterinary Services Ltd, offering clinical, advisory and business-development services. Since August 2017, he has been assisting a biotechnology company from South Asia set up an R&D facility at the newly opened Roslin Innovation Centre, neighbouring the Roslin Institute (home to Dolly the Sheep, the first mammalian clone).
Lawrence is an elected member of the British Veterinary Association's (BVA) Scottish Branch Council and has particular interests in life sciences innovation, sustainable agriculture and the application of digital technology to farming and medicine sectors. He is motivated by solutions to feeding the planet's growing population without compromising the environment or animal welfare. Lawrence is currently studying for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Edinburgh.
Mike Button, Biosecurity specialist Mirius
Mike Button has over 35 years' experience in the animal and veterinary health industry.
Having qualified in veterinary science he has worked for genetic breeding companies, feed and nutrition, international animal health, and as a partner in an animal health business covering all species from cattle to camels.
For many years he specialised in the poultry industry covering all sectors from breeding and hatcheries to general production and nutrition. Currently Mike Button works for Mirius (former Coventry Chemicals) as General Manager – Healthcare specialising in animal health and bio-security across the world. This brings in cattle, pigs, poultry, shrimp and other species covering all over the world with many different production systems and challenges.
Mirius manufacture Omnicide which is a powerful surface disinfectant independently tested around the world. Recently Mike and Mirius have been specifically involved in the prevention of the spread of African Swine Fever. This encompasses much work in Europe but now with the spread of the disease in China much work has been done in all of SE Asia helping to protect the health of the pig population.
Omnicide has been independently tested by the European Reference Laboratory for its effectiveness against ASFv

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March 19, 2019

Bühler joins sustainable business council, driving long-term sustainable change

On Tuesday 19th March Bühler joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global network of nearly 200 forward-thinking companies. By connecting with WBCSD, Bühler can make a real impact on global corporate sustainability and on providing the growing world population with the nourishment and mobility solutions of the future.

'We are delighted to join WBCSD and to help contribute to their mission to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world via the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We want our customers to be successful, we want everyone to have access to safe and healthy food, and we want to live in a climate that supports and sustains them and future generations. No one can manage the task of sustainable food production or sustainable mobility on their own,' Stefan Scheiber, Bühler CEO, said. 'Innovations are key to driving change, and these are sparked with broad, inclusive collaborative networks. We have been joining forces with conscientious market participants to scale innovations for years and the move to join WBCSD's innovative network is an important step to furthering our sustainable business goals, and most importantly, in developing new means to feed to world.'


Stefan Scheiber, Bühler CEO
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Every day, two billion people enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured with parts produced with our machinery. Bühler technologies and solutions are used in the global production and processing of grains, corn, rice, pasta, pulses, cereal, chocolate, snacks, wafers, coffee, and feed for fish, pets, and livestock. They are also used for smart phones, solar panels, diapers, cosmetics, banknotes, energy-efficient buildings, eye glasses, and more. Having this global relevance, Bühler is in an ideal position to address some of the world's pressing challenges and transform them into sustainable business solutions.

WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said, 'WBCSD is pleased to welcome Bühler as our newest member. We are dedicated to working towards a transformation of the key systems across society, and this can only be achieved in collaboration with companies across the full value chain. Bühler's focus on technology can be a real game-changer in sustainability terms. We are keen to begin working together.'


Peter Bakker, WBCSD President and CEO
Image credit: Bühler

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organisation of over 200 companies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. The WBCSD galvanises the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society, and the environment. Together with its members, who represent all business sectors, the council shares best practices on sustainable development issues and develops innovative tools that change the status quo.

Ian Roberts, Bühler CTO said, 'Industry must step up and take responsiblilty for reducing environmental impacts. We are already hitting planetary boundaries. Now – more than ever – it is time to take decisive action to ensure quality of life today and for future generations. In joining the world's most responsible business leaders in WBCSD, we are broadening our collaborative approach to bringing about the sustainable turnaround that we so urgently need.'

Find more information about the WBCSD, HERE.
Find out more about sustainability at Bühler, HERE.

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GEA signs contract to build the largest Olive Oil mill in Asia

GEA received the order from The National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) in March 2019 to build and supply the industrial equipment for a large olive oil mill located in Saudi Arabia.

This important contract comes in at more than three million euro. NADEC is one of the largest agricultural and food-processing companies in the Middle East and North Africa. The scope of the project, located in the region of Al-Jouf, is expected to encompass five million olive trees from a single farm of 3,000 hectares.
NADEC Group and GEA signed a contract for the most modern olive oil production in Asia
Image credit: NADEC

The order is the second phase of an ongoing project and will enlarge the existing olive oil plant – successfully built in 2016. The contract is a result of a long cooperation and relationship between NADEC Group and the technology group GEA in food processing, and more particularly in the dairy products sector as well as the success achieved in the first phase of the project.

The second phase will involve civil engineering, automation engineering, processes and all the necessary industrial equipment to manage the olive oil plant successfully. The project, led by GEA, accommodates the combined efforts of several Spanish machine manufacturers, which in the end will be configured as an integrated solution – practically a "turnkey" Olive Oil mill.

"We were able to offer NADEC a differentiated and integrated solution from the hands of a single supplier," explains Rafael Cárdenas, Head of the Centre of Excellence for Olive Oil of GEA in Úbeda (Spain). Once the construction process is completed, this facility will be largest and most modern olive oil mill in Asia.

''The cooperative relationship between NADEC and GEA's Olive Oil Centre of Excellence began in 2014. This project is a very good example of GEA's ability to deliver large projects anywhere in the world and provide high added value to customers since not only the equipment but also the knowledge of the process is key" says Alvaro Martinez Regional Head Western Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The signing of the new contract marks the culmination of work, a process in which the GEA office in Saudi Arabia and the company's Olive Oil Centre of Excellence in Spain have collaborated very intensely. Over the last four years GEA has restructured itself to provide a much more homogenous service to its customers worldwide.

For more information visit the GEA website, HERE.

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Altering the mix to meet changing demands in storage and processing facilities

by Roger Gilbert, Publisher, Milling & Grain

Trading conditions for one of Italy’s leading storage and feed equipment companies is changing, with a shift from traditional sales areas of Eastern Europe and North Africa, to the Middle East, Central Africa and South America, in the past four years.

“Our brand of storage is a strong area, especially in industrial plants for feed and oil extraction and in grain-handling at ports, with the scope of adding support equipment such as conveyors, elevators and electrical panels,” says Engineer Andrea Nardo, Chief Technical Officer at Mulmix Spa in Italy.

Crushing plants for soy and sunflower is particularly suited for this company’s product range and “this is much appreciated by our customers and supports the customer with an entire construction.”

The company works, not only in the industrial and storage side of grain and cereal processing, but also in feed and seed processing. On the feed side of the business, revamping existing installations, which have restricted handling equipment of between 100-150 tonnes/hour, are being increased, in order to optimise production flows for today’s businesses, he adds.

“There are lots of these facilities in countries, like Romania and the Ukraine, that were built in the 1970s-80s, without good capacity to transfer grain.”

Mr Nardo says the move to upgrade production facilities started 10 years ago, with a change in handling conveyors. The company says revamping old concrete silos, for instance, is very common across Europe and in Eastern Europe.

“We are increasing the capacity of plants, but also ports and port installations as well.” Future markets are already being explored by the company, and they include, in particular, Asia and the Chinese silo and port facility markets.

“This will be a strategic region in the future,” adds Mr Nardo.

A different approach

The company’s focus is on providing products suitable for the purpose proposed, its flexibility in meeting a customer’s demands and the quality of its equipment.

“It’s not just a matter of supplying machines and silos, for instance. It is the support for the customer to allow him to make the correct choices for new flows and better equipment, to support his overall goal.

“Unlike the installations of some 40-50 years ago, today’s installations have access to more electronic systems, and can be by smart phones via the cloud, etc. It is important to include these steps as part of the upgrade, and we can provide the quality that Italian equipment is noted for in these areas.

“Our strategy is each time to be the best, to deliver the best and achieve an equilibrium between our products and what the customer wants. This way, we increase our capability with every installation and provide the support needed by the customer.

“It’s important to have simple constructions and that require easy maintenance. While our products are tailored to meet the needs of each customer, they are not the same solutions. Every installation is similar, but different in many ways. That’s the challenge we face, based on our strategy to increase our knowledge and do the best in the customer and the market.”

Read more HERE.

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Hydronix company profile

Hydronix is the world's leading manufacturer of digital microwave sensors for moisture measurement in process control industries.

Established in 1982 and with over 50,000 systems installed worldwide, Hydronix is the preferred choice for manufacturers in the Concrete, Aggregate and Asphalt industries.

Their continued success in reducing cost and waste is leading manufacturers in animal feed, grain, sugar and other industries to incorporate Hydronix sensors into their own system. 

Visit the website HERE.

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March 18, 2019

Silos Córdoba has signed a contract for the construction of a grain terminal in Nigeria

The new bulk terminal will be located in the Port of Tincan, Lagos, Nigeria and will handle over 850,000 tons of wheat and corn per year.

Josepdam Port Services Nigeria Ltd and Silos Córdoba S.L.U have just signed a contract for the construction of a new grain storage facility with a total capacity of 145,000 tonnes to store mainly wheat and corn. Once the facility is completed the firm will be able to handle over 850,000 tons a year.

 The storage plant has been conceived to receive 1,200 tons/hour – two ship unloaders 600 tons/hour each working on parallel – and to deliver up to 600 tons/hour to the customers on the port and to the local market.

The complete facility will have combination of flat bottom silos of 10.272,00 and 6.152,00 tons capacity, and will have a total storage capacity of 145,784 tons.

It will also have a truck delivery system with six truck loading silos able to deliver around 20 trucks of 30 tons each per hour.

The facility will be fully automatised, including ventilation system, temperature control system and the latest technology for grain storage management. The construction of the steel silos terminal will cost approximately $80 million and is expected to be completed in two years.

Nigeria imports large quantities of grain to feed its big population. Wheat is important to the diet of many Nigerians, but the country is dependent on imports to produce the wheat flour, pasta and other products consumers require.

The International Grains Council (IGC) puts Nigeria's total grains production in 2018-19 at 19.1 million tonnes, up from 18.9 million the year before. The figure includes an unchanged 11 million tonnes of corn and 6.5 million of sorghum, up from the previous year's 6.3-million-tonne crop.

Total imports of grains in Nigeria (which comprises wheat and coarse grains) are forecast at 5.6 million tonnes in 2018-19, up from 5.5 million the year before. Most of the country's imports are wheat, with imports forecast unchanged at 5.2 million tonnes. Nigeria is also forecast to import 110,000 tonnes of durum wheat, up from 100,000 in 2017-18. The IGC puts Nigeria's rice crop in 2018 unchanged at 3.8 million tonnes, with rice imports also at 3 million tonnes, up from 2.4 million the previous year.

Nigeria has the largest population (203.4 million) of any African nation. Projections are that it will grow to 392 million by 2050, making it the world's fourth most populous country.

It is a massive market for wheat flour served by some of the world's biggest flour milling companies.

Over the last 10 years, Silos Córdoba has built several grain terminal in ports all over the world, which are equipped with the latest technology and the most efficient management system.

For more information visit the Silos Córdoba website, HERE.

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