Mill renovation for Loulis Group is completed by Henry Simon
Being one of the oldest milling groups in Greece, Loulis started their business in the seventeenth century with a water-driven stone mill at Aetorahi, Ioannina.
Today, the group is one of the leading milling companies in Greece, and currently active in Greece and Bulgaria with four manufacturing plants. The total milling capacity of the group is around 1,400 tonnes-per-day) with also having their own nationwide distribution network.
Loulis recently made a new investment by purchasing an industrial mill in North-East Bulgaria (Dobrich region) through its subsidiary company Loulis Mel, Bulgaria EAD. The investment focuses on serving the growing demands in Balkans including Bulgaria and Romania.
The new mill facility has a 100tpd semi-hard wheat processing capacity and 9,000 metric tonnes capacity of steel storage silos, located on a plot of 21,000sqm. The mill was completely established as a turnkey project by Alapala in 2015. The mill is upgraded again by Henry Simon to satisfy the increasing flour demand from the region in 2019 after it has been taken over by Loulis Group.
The mill has gone through significant changes with the state-of-the-art engineering and renovation work.
The capacity of the mill is increased from 100tpd to 130tpd with new process design and modern milling machines. The renovation covers replacing the old equipment by six Henry Simon direct pick-up roller mills (HSRM) and two plan sifters (HSQP), with Advanced Sensor Technology.
The mill has also silos that can hold up to 430 metric tonnes of flour, 100 metric tonnes of bran silos. Moreover, a final product warehouse with a capacity of more than 750 metric tonnes. Product handling is carried out with pneumatic and mechanic transportation equipment, which conforms with EU operational safety standards and protection rules.
The mill's operation is controlled with an advanced automation system including Scada software, that allows a centralised monitoring of the entire milling process and generating detailed reports on production data (input, extraction, production output, etc). The system overall provides excellent process control and traceability.
The mill also has an ultra-modern chemistry laboratory including an experimental bakery, to carry out advanced flour tests and ensure the highest level in product quality and standardisation for its customers.