Planting the seeds of industrial productivity

Planting the seeds of industrial productivity

City Group, owner of one of Bangladesh’s largest agri-business companies, chooses ABB technology for its new seed crushing unit

Beans and seeds, like soybean and rapeseed, are processed in crushing facilities to extract oil, leaving behind a protein rich meal used for animal feed. Throughout the value chain, the product is constantly in motion – on conveyors, feeders and crushers.

Keeping these processes working efficiency while increasing production is not always a simple task, which is why City Seed Crushing Industries Ltd. turned to ABB for help. They attended a customer event held in Vietnam earlier this year and were impressed by ABB’s full range of reliable and efficient technologies across the electrical value chain. City Group was convinced ABB technology would help them enhance production and increase process efficiency at the second seed crushing facility they were planning to open in Dhaka. The company sought partners to develop the new facility who would incorporate ABB products as part of their desired solution.

For the electrification scope, ABB will supply low-voltage products to Energypac Engineering Ltd. which is responsible for the electrification of the facility and will install ABB’s air circuit breakers (ACB), molded case circuit breakers (MCCB), miniature circuit breakers (MCB) and magnetic contactors. Cleaver Brooks, a complete boiler room solutions provider will install ABB’s variable frequency drives (VFD) to improve energy efficiency and cut maintenance costs for the boiler room solution.

“We are very pleased to partner with City Group and help them achieve their energy efficiency and productivity goals with our proven technical solutions,” said Harikishan Narayanan, Country Managing Director, ABB in Bangladesh. “This project further establishes our commitment to support a wider range of market segments in Bangladesh, and is a great example of how ABB is helping customers across Asia and globally to improve their food and beverage operations.”

The new facility will be able to process over 5,000 tons of soybeans and rapeseeds a day, extracting oil and converting the remains into soymeal and rapeseed cakes for use in the feed mill industry as a rich protein source for poultry and fish.

City Group is one of the largest Bangladeshi conglomerates. It presently owns more than 23 major businesses such as food, steel, shipping, printing, packaging and power across Bangladesh.

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