Mohammed Al-Hakimi, Yemen Co. Flour Mills & Silos: “Our plant consists of the most modern equipment and machines. Besides, our highly skilled work force has strengthened our position in the international arena. Since the day it was founded, our company has improved the skills of its business power by updating the technologies it has and providing the necessary training.”
In this issue, we are talking to the Production Manager of Yemen Co. Flour Mills &Silos, Mohammed Al-Hakimi. Yemen Co. Flour Mills & Silos has been operating in Yemen since about 20 years. Yemen Co. Flour Mills & Silos, which aims to offer good quality and affordable wheat flour to the local population, produces 3,750 tons of flour per day and has a storage capacity of 170,000 tons.
Al-Hakimi says: “We do not operate only in the Yemen market. We have also carried out export studies. In the past we were exporting our products to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We are now exporting mostly to Egypt” and added that they purchase the raw material from Russia, France, USA, Germany, Ukraine and Australia.
We talked to Mohammed Al-Hakimi about the establishment story of Yemen Co. Flour Mills &Silos, the products groups it produces, the technologies it uses, export activities and milling industry in Yemen. We take the details from Al-Hakimi…
Yemen Co. Flour Mills & Silos is one of the leading milling companies in Yemen. First of all, could you share with us your company’s establishment story and how it has come to its current position?
Yemen Co. Flour Mills & Silos was established in 1997 in Yemen with the aim of offering good quality wheat flour and similar products to local people at reasonable prices. Our company is located in the commercial and economic capital of Yemen on the port city of Aden. Considering the date on which our company was established, it was built with the most advanced equipment and standards. Our company, which started production in 2000, launched its production with two production lines which it bought from Swiss technology leader Bühler. Our daily production capacity was 1,500 tons. Our storage capacity was 60 thousand tons. Our company quickly took its place in the Yemen industry.
As Yemen Co. Flour Mills & Silos, we have carried out two major expansion studies in recent years. Our capacity is now 3,750 tons per day. Our storage capacity has also increased to 170 thousand tons this year. Our mill is Yemen’s fourth largest flour mill.
Could you mention us about the product groups you produce and the position of your company in the Yemen market?
As Yemen Co. Flour Mills & Silos, we serve within HSA (Haye Saeed Anam) Group. Hayel Saeed Anam Group is known as Yemen’s biggest company and dominates 70 percent of the Yemeni market.
We produce three varieties of flour which are Sanabel, Al Thahoon and Al Baraka. Sanabel is a white, hygienic flour variety obtained by filtering a sufficient amount of fine and reliable wheat. It is a product used in making all types of bread including Arabian and French breads. It can also be used in European style cakes, biscuits and dough based products. Al Thahoon is the whole hygienic wheat flour and produced by adding wheat bran. This increases the nutritional value of the products and enriches the product in terms of protein, vitamin, mineral and fiber. It can be used in all local and popular bread varieties. It may also be preferred in dietary British and Arabic breads. Al Baraka is white suitable flour for use in making local bread, English bread and special cakes.
Could you give us some information about your production capacity and the technologies you use in your facilities?
We use the technology of Bühler, the world’s leading machine builder. Our facility consists of the most modern equipment and machines. Besides, our highly skilled work force has strengthened our position in the international arena. Since the day it was founded, our company has improved the skills of its business power by updating the technologies it has and providing the necessary training. Our facilities are capable of storing 170 thousand tons of wheat. Our packing capacity is 5500 tons per day.
Do you only operate in Yemen market? Do you have any export activity or a target in this regard?
We do not operate only in the Yemen market. We have also carried out export studies. In the past we were exporting our products to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We are now exporting mostly to Egypt. The main product we export is wheat bran.
What can you say about your raw material supply?
We do not produce raw material in Yemen, we import the wheat from Russia and France and then process it. The other countries we import products are the USA, Germany, Ukraine and Australia.
Could you give me information about Yemen’s consumer habits and the flour industry in the country?
Yemeni people mainly consume wheat flour in their homes. Wheat flour is also used for biscuits and cake production. I can say that white flour is consumed more than mixed flour or whole wheat flour. There are eight milling companies in the country that produce wheat flour.
What are your thoughts for the future of your country on flour milling?
Before the war, companies in the country were being established quickly. Especially Turkish companies... But now this has slowed down a bit. Two wheat mills have recently been established in Hadramot.