October 21, 2014 2:02 PM ET

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Company Overview of Bühler AG

Company Overview

Bühler AG provides production technologies and services for making foods and engineering materials. It offers flour production plants, pasta and chocolate production lines, animal feed manufacturing installations, and aluminum die casting systems for plant and equipment and related services. The company offers solutions for grain rice, oilseeds, malt, brewery and distillery, pulses and spices, and fruits and vegetables in commodity food industry; animal feed, aqua feed, and pet food applications in feed industry; bioethanol biomass applications in renewable energy industry; and pasta, cereals, ingredients, chocolate, cocoa, nuts, coffee, bakery, and sugar applications of processed food indus...

Gupfenstrasse 5

Uzwil,  9240

Switzerland

Founded in 1860

Phone:

41 71 955 11 11

Fax:

41 71 955 33 79

Key Executives for Bühler AG

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Age: 59
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 57
Head of the Sales & Service Division and Member of Corporate Management
Age: 49
Head of Chocolate & Cocoa at Buhler Uzwil
Head of Grain Processing Division
Age: 60
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Bühler AG Key Developments

Buhler AG Discontinues Production Activities in Madrid Factory

Buhler AG announced that its factory in Madrid can no longer be sustained due to a lack of orders, changed market conditions, and obsolescence of its products. In view of this loss-generating situation, the decision has now been made to discontinue production activities. However, Bühler Madrid will continue its Engineering Competence Center and its Sales & Service organization with almost 100 employees.

BUHLER Group Invests to Built Customer Service Facility in Nairobi

BUHLER Group has invested in a purpose-built customer service facility in Nairobi. It has thus reinforced its dedicated portfolio of customer-focused optical sorting technologies for the coffee industry. Additionally, the company has established a new regional Centre of Excellence in Kenya. This facility, together with an expanding hub, located in Togo, West Africa, brings Buhler's 150 years of expertise and coffee sorting know-how to the key African coffee producing regions.

Bühler Extends its Presence in China with a Turnkey Project at Hangzhou Wahaha Group for Processing Rice and Beans

The Bühler Group has announced a further strengthening of its commitment to excellence in Chinese rice and bean processing with the completion of a turnkey installation at the Hangzhou Wahaha Group’s plant in Haining. Dedicated to the production of historic Chinese eight treasure porridge under the Wahaha brand, the new Bühler cleaning and grading plant has allowed Hangzhou Wahaha, one of China’s larger food and beverage manufacturers, to make dramatic improvements to the quality of its end product and reduce the cost of its eight treasure porridge operations. Dating back more than 2200 years, to the Han dynasty, when it was consumed on the eighth day of the 12th month in the Chinese lunar calendar, eight treasure porridge is now a popular favourite in China and consumed every day as a convenient, cost effective and nutritious ‘fast food’. It is made with various ingredients, including red beans, cranberry beans, myotonin (Chinese barley) and oats, as well as sticky rice and black glutinous rice to create a rich porridge that can be simply opened and consumed. With such a frequently consumed and well known product, derived from a wide variety of different raw materials, coupled with the rigours imposed by an increasingly discerning consumer in China, Hangzhou Wahaha’s mission to produce the finest porridge, reflecting its high standards, had been severely challenged in recent years. In order to build on its reputation for quality and drawing on its knowledge of Bühler’s expertise in tailormade engineered solutions, the company trusted Bühler to help automate its operations, create a more hygienic working environment and achieve the high quality production of eight treasure porridge that its customers were demanding. Replacing the existing, largely manual cleaning and sorting process, the Bühler installation involves two complete, compact and advanced lines, each of which can clean and grade the various raw materials. Currently, one line is dedicated to rice and the other to beans. Each line incorporates Bühler’s MTSD De-stoners, MTRC Vibrosifters, metal detection equipment and SORTEX Z+ sorting machines. Incoming product is mechanically cleaned to remove impurities that are larger and smaller than the product. Then stones and metals are targeted for removal, as they are passed automatically to de-stoners and magnetic metal detectors. Reinforcing the drive for safety and quality, the produce is then fed through Bühler‘s SORTEX optical sorters, which can identify and remove product defects as well as foreign materials. The sorters effectively eliminate contaminants such as glass, stones, wood, sticks and soil blocks, as well as deformed or discoloured beans, and discoloured or unwanted varieties of rice. Each machine in Hangzhou Wahaha’s compact cleaning and sorting solution is fitted with an aspiration system that extracts any dust or dirt particles, to create a hygienic working environment that also reduces the risk of fungal growth. By automating the entire process and creating a closed system, human intervention for checking or adjustments is minimised. Bühler has removed the chance for cross contamination and boosted Hangzhou Wahaha’s throughput significantly.

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