Satake opens new wheat, rice milling manufacturing plant in China

by Teresa Acklin
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   SUZHOU, CHINA — More than 200 representatives of the Chinese government and wheat and rice industries attended inauguration ceremonies recently for a new U.S.$20-million manufacturing plant built by Satake Manufacturing (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., a newly formed subsidiary of Satake Corp., Hiroshima, Japan.

   The new subsidiary's operations will include the manufacture of wheat and rice milling machinery for both the domestic and overseas markets.

   “In view of the fact that the consumer's demands for high-quality food products have been increasing in China, improvements of wheat and rice milling technologies and the modernization of milling plants are in urgent need,” said Robert S. Satake, chairman and chief executive officer of Satake Corp.

   The manufacturing plant in Suzhou is about 14,000 square meters on 60,000 square meters of land, and will employ about 160 workers by the end of the year, Satake said. Sales for the new plant are estimated at U.S.$10 million in 1999 and U.S.$40 million by 2003.

   Satake said the manufacture of its flour milling equipment in China is expected to boost the use of the new PeriTec system, which removes most of the wheat bran at the beginning of the milling process. The PeriTec system has been installed at more than 10 flour mills around the world, including a hard and soft wheat flour mill in Beijing. Satake has built more than 20 large-scale modern rice mills in China.