STOCKPORT, ENGLAND — Satake Europe announced in July that it opened its Cote d'Ivoire representative office this April to begin its full-scale operation in the African market.

Satake entered the African market in the 1980s, mainly with exports of its machinery. After opening a U.K. branch office in 1988, Satake gradually increased its presence in the region by teaming up with its agents in Egypt and South Africa. 

Although the Cote d'Ivoire office is not currently involved in sales directly, it has played an important role in public relations, technical services and coordination of related parties and organizations.

Its current business area is West African countries such as Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, and North African countries such as Morocco and Tunisia, where economic and business market growth is expected. As the demand for newer and larger machineries in the grain processing market continuously increases, Satake Cote d'Ivoire is expected to become a subsidiary company to accommodate market needs in the near future, Satake said.

Agriculture, such as coffee, cacao, palm oil, rice, corn, cashew nuts, is the core industry in the West African region. Rice is the main staple food in this area and its consumption has been increasing by 6% every year. 

The importance placed by the Cote d'Ivoire government on rice, coffee, and cashew nuts production is expected to result in further demand in new production equipment including pre-cleaners and optical sorters.