Kepler Weber to supply eight storage silos to Venezuela

by Emily Buckley
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PORTO ALEGRE, RIO GRANDE DO SUL, BRAZIL — The Kepler Weber Group announced it will supply Agroisleña, of Zaraza, Venezuela, with eight 5,000-tonne-capacity Model 7218 steel silos, totaling 40,000 tonnes of storage for soybeans and sorghum. The new facility will be located in Guarico, second largest grain producing state in Venezuela. At U.S.$3.1 million, Agroisleña said the investment will advance the company’s leadership in the grain storage market in Venezuela.

According to Kepler Weber’s commercial director, Duílio de La Corte, delivery of the first stage of the unit, involving two intake and drying silos, is late November 2003. The next stage, to be completed by late December, will comprise the delivery of six silos and accessory equipment, such as vertical and horizontal conveyors with capacity of 150 tph of grain. It is a fully automated unit, with a central computerized thermometry system and a drying flow of 120 tph. The installation is designed for a 4-degree seismic zone.

Kepler Weber, a leader in the Latin American market, continues to expand into new regions and has already worked in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, China and Africa. The group accounts for 60% of the Brazilian cereal storage market, 36% of the mar-ket in Argentina, 70% in Chile and 90% in Uruguay, according to Kepler Weber.