Mühlenchemie holds a conference for West Africa’s flour producers
Mühlenchemie had issued an invitation to a family meeting of the West African milling industry in Accra. Over 120 participants from mills, suppliers, governments and NGOs met for two days of networking in Ghana"s capital.
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Mühlenchemie had issued an invitation to a family meeting of the West African milling industry in Ghana in April 2018. The objective of this Mühlenchemie symposium, the fourth of its kind in Accra, was an intensive transfer of know-how between all the important players in the industry. Over 120 participants from mills, suppliers, governments and NGOs met for two days of networking in Ghana's capital.
The Mühlenchemie symposium "Understanding Flour" was directed towards mills in the French-speaking states of West Africa. The millers discussed topics of current importance to the flour industry together with manufacturers of laboratory equipment, mill builders, wheat traders and health experts from governments and NGOs. Experts from Mühlenchemie gave further stimulus in the form of information on the latest developments in the use of enzymes in the production of flour and pasta.
Like all Mühlenchemie events, the programme in Accra offered plenty of opportunity for discussion between the participants alongside the specialist lectures. "Our aim is to draw the experience of experts and millers together in order to promote an understanding of flour production in every individual. That is the only way we can meet the challenges of constantly changing climatic, economic and market-related conditions", said Mühlenchemie's managing director Lennart Kutschinski at the opening of the symposium.
So for Emenike Okoye, who manages the Mühlenchemie Technology Centre opened in Lagos last year, the event was valuable for another reason, too, "We safeguard the staple food of several hundreds of million people. The West African milling industry is a family that extends across national borders and thrives in spite of competition. This special relationship is something the participants in the symposium were able to experience once again during the two days in Accra".
Mühlenchemie is the international market leader in flour standardisation, flour improvement and flour fortification. The company standardises more than 100 million tonnes of wheat annually. It exports its products to over 120 countries and maintains a close partnership with over 2,000 mills around the globe. At the central Stern-Technology Center in Ahrensburg, near Hamburg, 80 research scientists and applications technologists work on tailor-made solutions to meet the needs of the milling industry worldwide. In order to transfer this know-how into the customers' markets, Mühlenchemie has invested several million EUR in enlarging its research and production capacities over the past few years. A team of experts now advises mills on the spot in Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, India, China, Russia and Turkey and offers individual solutions for achieving optimum flour quality. Last year, in Lagos, the company opened its first Technology Center in the African continent.
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