European Tech Outlook: Prive

by Emily Wilson
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Over the years, corrugated steel silos have often been recognized as the best solution to store grain. When developing a new grain storage and handling system for a client. When developing a new grain storage and handling system for a client, Prive S.A., based in Chalons en Champagne, France, addresses such issues as investment cost, erection time, operating costs, quality of grain stored, versatility to store several different crops and health and safety of workers.

For more than 30 years, Prive has been studying, manufacturing, selling and erecting silos for agriculture and related industries, with a complete range of sizes from 20 to 20,000 cubic meters. Prive bins are "built for life," the company said. Clients quickly recover capital costs, and the bins are quickly erected.

Aeration channels in Prive bins are located in the floor of the bin and covered with perforated steel panels to allow the best airflow. The channel formation is calculated for each size of bin and in consideration of the product to be stored.

Prive uses wide corrugated metal sheets to reduce erection time and to require fewer bolts. Bin roofs are designed to be equipped with a manhole, thermal probe supports, aerators and a catwalk.

In 1999, the Société Coopérative Agricole de l'Eure et Loir (SCAEL), one of the largest French grain cooperatives, chose Prive to supply its new silo facility in Chartres. Prive manufactured 10 silos for SCAEL, each measuring over 28 meters in diameter with a total capacity of 72,000 tonnes.

Experience and quality explain the choice of Prive silos by storage professionals in France and abroad. Prive has offices in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.


98 Avenue du General Patton

BP 536, 51010 Chalons en Champagne,

Cedex, France

Tel: 33-3-26-68-66-66

Fax: 33-3-26-68-66-99