Italian milling pioneer Omas expands into UK and Northern Europe

02 February 20243 min reading

Omas Industries, the Italian company specializing in machinery and plants for the milling industry based in San Giorgio delle Pertiche, Padua, announced its entry into the UK and Northern Europe market. This strategic move comes at a time of remarkable growth, with the company experiencing a consistent increase in orders and pursuing an ambitious hiring plan to strengthen its international presence.

Omas Industries stands as one of the few Italian companies operating in the milling industry. The newly formed entity, “Omas Northern Europe”, will be spearheaded by Peter Marriott, former Sales Manager EMEA of a leading global manufacturer of equipment for the rice, wheat, and corn industry, with over 30 years industry experience.

“I am very honored that such a remarkable and experienced milling expert like Peter chose Omas and I’m sure that he will contribute to promoting our technologies and presence in the market, providing support to the customers”, said Pietro Barbalarga, Sales Director of Omas Industries. This expansion decision reflects a bold step in line with the growing market demand for innovative solutions in the grain milling sector. Now more than ever, the industry requires efficient and flexible production through the adoption of automation and digitalization processes within the facility. This translates into increased energy efficiency, improved production quality, energy savings, and waste prevention. Notably, this vision aims to modernize a traditionally conservative sector, leading to a smart factory capable of providing technological advances to customers around the world.

Luigi Nalon, CEO of Omas Industries, states: “The milling industry must embrace new production methods and products, making it easier to adapt to changes in consumer lifestyle, achieving global goals of carbon reduction and protecting the environment”. “It is a great pleasure for me to join Omas” comments Peter Marriott, the new General Manager of Omas Northern Europe. “I was deeply impressed by Omas’ technologies, especially the Flexy Mill, which allows the modification of different parameters during the grinding process, adapting the mill to various types of grains and legumes without compromising performances and product quality. Thanks to permanent magnet torque motors, the miller can increase or decrease the peripheral speed of both grinding rollers, change the grinding ratio and the rollers’ operating position, adjust the grinding gap, create recipes, and more. I strongly believe Omas’ innovative solutions can bring significant enhancements in the UK and Northern European market”.

The success of Omas Industries’ machinery and Flexy Mill has been recognized by some of the world’s most renowned producers of flours and industrial machinery, including Moulins Soufflet, EB Bradshaw & Sons, Panhandle, Agricultural Commodities and, in Italy, Molino Favero. For these projects, Omas has provided machinery or implemented turnkey plants, contributing to improving turnover and profitability.

In addition to pursuing commercial success, Omas is deeply committed to sustainable innovation. Ongoing research and development not only enhance production efficiency but also contribute to reducing environmental impact, showcasing a tangible commitment to a more sustainable future in the cereal transformation process. Gabriele Nicoletti, Omas Technical Director, explains “Omas' continuous innovation and development is focused on enabling customers to produce new products with advanced milling machinery. More than ever, it is imperative to meet the requirements of food safety, energy efficiency and traceability during the production process”.

“Omas is ready to offer its expertise and cutting-edge technology to a market that continues to show growing interest in advanced solutions, carving a niche among traditional milling methods” continues Nalon. “With the addition of Peter Marriott to our team, we believe that our products will benefit from his expertise, making a positive impact in the UK and Northern European market”.

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