CREMONA, ITALY — Ocrim will be supplying a new durum mill for Makfa, one of the top five pasta producers in the world and a top brand in Eastern Europe.

It is Ocrim’s first contract after its total reopening on May 4 following coronavirus measures. The agreement was reached during a conference call that ended with a virtual handshake.

The contract includes the supply of a complete durum mill with a capacity of 250 tpd in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia.

“To be one of the top pasta producers in the world it is necessary to have high-quality semolina, which is the result of high-quality cereal, and processed with the best machines and modern technologies on the market today,” said Anton Belousov, managing director of Makfa.

“Ocrim has been the official supplier of the major durum wheat plants in Russia for many years,” said Alberto Antolini, chief executive officer of Ocrim. “We are therefore proud to have been chosen again by one of the top players in pasta production in Russia and worldwide. In an emergency like what we’ve gone through, this important milestone represents a great sign of optimism.”

Over the last 10 years, Ocrim has worked with Makfa on two durum mills with capacities of 330 tpd and 360 tpd in the Roschino mill complex and a 400 tpd soft/hard wheat mill in the Kurgan complex.