Japanese rice milling group chooses Buhler technology for new plant in Niigata

by Teresa Acklin
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   NIIGATA, JAPAN — The Fujii Shoten rice milling group has selected Buhler Yokohama, the Japanese subsidiary of Buhler Ltd., to supply the mechanical and electrical equipment and oversee installation and commissioning of a new rice processing plant near the city of Niigata.

   The plant will have rice cleaning capacity of 10 tonnes per hour, polishing capacity of 5 tph and color sorting capacity of 2.5 tph, said Roman Salzmann, manager of corporate communications for Buhler Ltd., Uzwil, Switzerland. Production is expected to begin in November.

   As it does in grain milling projects, Buhler will be responsible for the entire engineering of the rice processing plant, including building engineering specifications, and the manufacture and installation of all mechanical equipment. Buhler also will supply all electromechanical components, including hardware and software for the plant control system and cabling.

   The objective, Mr. Salzmann said, is to improve yields and meet the high quality demands of Japanese consumers. "We are making the process technology and the services available that are needed for achieving the high goals, including advisory services during service," he said.

   Buhler in 1998 supplied Fujii Shoten with rice cleaning and calibrating machines. That "positive experience" helped Buhler win the contract for the rice processing facility, despite fierce competition from Japanese rice milling equipment manufacturers, Mr. Salzmann said.

   Fujii Shoten is a family owned company. Its businesses also include a plant for processing immature rice, two sake rice polishing lines, a line for processing glutinous rice and a rice flour plant that supplies the raw material for Japanese rice crackers.