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Atbara continues to its technology investments

09 October 20144 min reading
Muhammed Basri:  “We are planning to add a new production line with 500 ton/day capacity in our facility in order to boost our production capacity. Involvement of the new line into the production will be realized in 2015 with the God’s will. Besides; adding new production fields like animal feed, biscuit and pasta into the flour facility is among our goals.” Atbara Flour Mills company is one of the largest flour mills of Sudan. Starting production with a daily 200 ton-capacity in 1991, the company has reached daily 300 tons of capacity with the latest technology investments having been realized since 2000. Saying that their goal is to increase the production to daily 500 tons, company’s General Manager Muhammed Abdurrahman Omer BASRI adds that they have other goals for feed, biscuit and pasta production. BASRI answered our questions about their company. Mr. Basri, could you please give some information about your company firstly? Our company, Atbara Flour Mills, was established by the private sector entrepreneurs in 1990. Today, some of the shareholders are natural entities and others are legal entities. Our company is one of the most important mills of Sudan with the advanced technology and high production amount. Our company is located between Hartum and Portsudan as one of the main ports of Sudan on the Red Sea in Atbara, River Nile State that is 315 km north to capital Hartum. This location provides major advantages to our company in terms of shipment as there are main administrative buildings and workshops in Atbara belonging to Sudan Railway Agency and the railway network extends in the direction of east to west and north to south. Besides, highways connect Atbara to the big cities of Sudan. Another railway extends into our flour mill. What can you say about the production capacity and technology use of your company? Our facility started operations with a daily 200 tons of actual production capacity in 1991. The machines were supplied from Swiss Buhler. The flour mill was renewed between 2000 and 2003 for increasing the production capacity of the flour mill to 250 tons from 200 tons and following the developments in milling equipment. Within this renewal, advanced devices for tempering the wheat and improved weighers were imported firstly. Besides, flour improvers were added and weighers were purchased for both filling wheat and flour. At the second phase, advanced machines and flour machines were added into the wheat cleaning section and silos were established for wheat storage. An advanced laboratory equipped with all the devices necessary for checking and analyzing wheat and flour, a workshop equipped for maintenance operations and a power unit with 4.4 MegaWatt of power are included in the facility. The production power of the flour mill was increased and a new technologically advanced production line from Buhler again with a capacity of daily 300 tons was added into production lines. Do you present the flour you produce to the market yourself, to which regions you ship your flour? Could you give information on this subject? Our flour mill is now hired by the company Sayga as one of the leading food companies of Sudan. The flour we produce is presented to the market by Sayga. The new production line I mentioned above (200 ton/day) was added into our mill thanks to our exclusive and advanced relation with Sayga. Besides, there is a technical cooperation between the parties. Thus, perfectly qualified wheat flour is provided mainly to the southern states of Sudan and then the entire country. Could you give information about the flour varieties you produce? Currently, our mill produce two kinds of flour by using different wheat varieties in parallel with the need of the local market. Each flour variety we produce is marketed locally as well. Finally, could you mention about your future goals or investments you plan to realize in the near future? We are planning to add a new production line with 500 ton/day capacity in our facility in order to boost our production capacity. Involvement of the new line into the production will be realized in 2015 with the God’s will. Besides; adding new production fields like animal feed, biscuit and pasta into the flour facility is among our goals. Our activities regarding these investments continue.
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