World Grain Update

by Teresa Acklin
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Head of Bouygues, mill owner, under investigation

   PARIS — The chairman of the French group that owns Grands Moulins de Paris, one of Europe's largest flour milling companies, has been officially placed under investigation by French authorities on charges of paying cash into a political slush fund.

   Martin Bouygues, chairman of Bouygues, the world's largest construction company and a relative newcomer to the milling business, was arrested in December before being released and formally notified of the investigation. Mr. Bouygues has been accused of making payments to Pierre Botton, a Lyon business executive who already has been convicted of influence peddling. Mr. Botton is the son-in-law of Michel Noir, former mayor of Lyon and a former French trade minister.

   The investigation centers on alleged payments of FF2 million by Dumez Nigeria, a subsidiary of Bouygues, into a Swiss bank account controlled by Mr. Botton. The Bouygues company was awarded a road construction contract in the Lyon area when Mr. Noir was mayor. Mr. Noir has denied receiving any money from Mr. Botton.

Daniel Dougherty, head of Cargill flour milling, dies in January

   MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Daniel B. Dougherty, president of North American Flour Milling at Cargill, Inc. since August 1995, died Jan. 5. Mr. Dougherty, 44, had been undergoing treatment for cancer since October 1994.

   Mr. Dougherty was responsible for Cargill's 18 flour mills across North America. He held a number of positions with Seaboard Allied Milling Corp. before Cargill acquired Seaboard in 1982.

Sangati S.p.A. forms Sangati America, Inc.

   PADOVA, ITALY — Sangati S.p.A. has acquired full ownership of the Johnson-Sangati Co., Dino Bernardi, managing director of the Sangati/Berga Group of companies, announced recently. The acquisition was a result of the purchase by Sangati S.p.A. of the part ownership of the business by Johnson Food Equipment.

   The new operation will be known as Sangati America, Inc. and will operate from its present premises in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. Ben Ross has been appointed president of the company, and Ken Maddocks and Paolo Panzavolta have been appointed directors.

   “This development will allow the company to expand its activities in North America to provide the services that we need for a growing company,” Mr. Bernardi said, adding that additional staff appointments would be announced in the near future.

   “We want to assure our many customers in North America that this development will allow us to provide even better service and support in the industry,” he said.

Cargill breaks ground on soybean processing plant in Mexico

   TULA, MEXICO — Cargill de Mexico, a subsidiary of Cargill, Inc., broke ground here in January for a U.S.$30 million soybean processing plant with an initial daily crushing capacity of 1,500 tonnes. The plant is designed to accommodate future expansion to 3,000 tonnes a day.

   Located adjacent to Cargill's recently completed maize syrup distribution center 60 kilometers north of Mexico City, the new soybean plant is expected to begin operations in March 1997. It will crush primarily U.S. soybeans to produce vegetable oils and soybean meal for markets in Mexico.

U.K. grain storage management course set to begin in September

   CHATHAM, U.K. — The Natural Resources Institute has scheduled its grain storage management postgraduate diploma and masters course to begin Sept. 2 at its facilities here. The course marks the 33rd session for the program, which has been attended over the years by 400 students from more than 60 countries.

   The diploma course runs until Dec. 17, with masters students continuing until Jan. 17, 1997. For more information, contact the training courses officer, Natural Resources Institute, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, U.K. Phone: 44 1634 880088. Fax: 44=1634=880066.

Buhler Inc. announces staff promotions

   MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Buhler Inc. announced several promotions that took effect Jan. 1. Willi Zogg was named senior vice-president, finance administration; Gus Boller was named senior vice-president, non-food; Kurt Brissing was named group-vice president, die casting; Urs Keller was named group vice-president, specialty milling; Philippe Baumberger was named group vice-president, food group II; and Kenneth New was named director of operations.

Kimes named executive v.p., general manager at Ibberson

   MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Steve Kimes has been promoted to executive vice-president, general manager of T.E. Ibberson Co., a subsidiary of Ibberson, Inc. He continues to serve on several Ibberson boards, including the Project Team Development Board, the Design Review Board and the Quality Committee.

   Before joining Ibberson two years ago, Mr. Kimes was with the Louis Dreyfus Corp. He has 17 years of experience in the grain and feed industries.

David Corley joins Satake USA as v.p., flour milling operations

   HOUSTON, TEXAS, U.S. — David Corley has joined Satake USA, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Satake Corp., Hiroshima, Japan, as vice-president of flour milling operations.

   Mr. Corley will be responsible for Satake's flour milling business in all of North America, as well as future operations in the Latin American market.

   Mr. Corley, who will be based at Satake USA headquarters in Houston, most recently was plant manager for Grain Millers, Inc., St. Ansgar, Iowa, U.S. He began his milling career with The Quaker Oats Co. at St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S., where he advanced to milling operations area manager. He received a degree in milling science and management from Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.

Chore-Time Brock opens Singapore office

   MILFORD, INDIANA, U.S. — Chore-Time Brock International has opened an office in Singapore to assist customers in Asia and the Far East. Mark Wallace, with the company since 1992 and responsible for sales in Southeast Asia, has been assigned to the office.

   Chore-Time Brock sells and distributes agricultural equipment manufactured by Chore-Time Equipment and Brock Manufacturing.

Grain process engineering center announces courses, conference

   MANCHESTER, U.K. — The Satake Centre for Grain Process Engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) will offer a one-year post-graduate course in grain process engineering beginning Sept. 1. The course, which includes the study of grain agronomics, cereal science, process engineering and management and a dissertation project, is suitable for new graduates and experienced grain processors.

   The Centre also will sponsor an international conference on novel uses and processes for grain, scheduled for June 5-6.

   For information, contact Dr. Grant Campbell at UMIST, Department of Chemical Engineering, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD. U.K. Phone: 44 1961 200 4472. Fax: 44=161=200=4399. E-mail: g.campbell

Cattron appoints new sales manager for South America

   SHARPSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S. — Cattron International Ltd. has appointed James E. Brochhausen as sales manager for South America. Before joining the company, Mr. Brochhausen worked for several years in the cordless control industry, particularly in Brazil. He has spent much of the past 20 years living and working in South America in sales engineering and consulting.

   Cattron, celebrating its 50th year of service, develops, manufactures and installs radio and infrared cordless control systems, data links and related equipment for grain handling, agricultural, shipping and other industries.

Feed and grain conference set for October in China

   RICKMANSWORTH, U.K. — Feed and Graintec China '96, an international exhibition for the feed manufacturing and grain processing industries, will be held Oct. 28-31 in Beijing, China. For more information, contact Andy West, Turret Group P.L.C., 171 High Street, Rick-mansworth, Herts. WD3 1SN, U.K. Tel: 44 1923 777 000; Fax: 44 1923 771297.

World maize stocks projected at 20-year low

   WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — World maize stocks at the end of the 1995-96 marketing year are likely to fall to their lowest levels in 20 years, according to a recent estimate by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S.D.A. projected the ending stocks-to-use ratio at 10.5%, the lowest since before 1960.

Project updates

   Project updates feature recent commissions, contracts, product/service installations, expansions and awards from suppliers worldwide.

      Cimbria Unitronic acquires Foss Electric temperature control system for grain storage

   Cimbria Unitronic A/S, Thisted, Denmark, a member of the Cimbria group of companies, on Dec. 31 acquired the Thermo-Scan Temperature Control System from Foss Electric. The acquisition includes sales, service, stock and production.

   The Thermo-Scan system is the temperature measurement equivalent of the Cimbria Unitest Grain Storage Control System, and the two will be integrated into one product range marketed under the Unitest name.

      Cattron plans headquarters facility expansion

   Cattron International Ltd. has expanded its facilities in Sharpsville, Pennsyvania, U.S. The project includes a new 900-square-meter annex, a 57-meter communications tower and the renovation of areas housing the technical services, sales, production and shipping departments.

   Jim Cattron, the company's president and chief executive officer, said the expansion was completed “to keep up with company growth and customer demand.” Cattron, in its 50th year of service, develops, manufactures and installs radio and infrared cordless control systems, data links and related equipment for grain handling, agricultural, shipping and other industries.