PADOVA, ITALY — Omas S.r.l., an Italian-based manufacturer of flour, maize and rice milling equipment, is celebrating 50 years of business.
“Reliability, dedication, consistency and the ideas of my father, who founded the company in 1966, with hard work and willingness, has transformed the small business of the period into a modern industry that is becoming a leading force in food industry production,” Luigi Nalon, chief executive officer of Omas, told World Grain. “My father’s passion, combined with excellent, solid company management and the young, capable collaborators on the team have all been major factors in our success.”
Until six years ago, Omas’ business was mainly linked to two regions, Russia and North Africa, when the company decided to boost and modernize its sales network. Omas systems are now sold and installed throughout the world.
|Luigi Nalon, chief executive officer of Omas|
“This has allowed us to sell systems in areas like Central and Southern Africa, South America and enter into an American partnership that will allow us to enter the American market in an organized, capillary fashion, offering an impeccable assistance service and strategies that are essential when it comes to the U.S. market,” Nalon said. “The latest technologies proposed by Omas have drawn attention from the European market, allowing sales in Europe, including in England, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy.”
Omas announced on Sept. 23 a partnership with Bratney Companies, a Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.-based market leader in engineering, design and supply to the seed, feed, grain and food industries throughout the U.S. The partnership will include joint distributorship, sales and promotional efforts for new and existing milling plants in the U.S. and Canada.
In 2015, Omas received several international patents for its LEONARDO roller mill, which allows for the reduction of plant design dimensions and energy savings of up to 50%.
“Energy efficiency is one of our main targets, since it is the single biggest economic factor to impact a milling plant’s finances,” Nalon said. “Cutting energy costs means making a plant efficient and more successful. The new roller mill, LEONARDO S, completely embodies this new philosophy.”
Omas utilizes more than just milling industry experts to expand and create new energy efficient products.
“We wanted to work with experts in the industry but above all, we needed to seek out young, new ideas that would bring us new experience, know-how and products,” Nalon said. “For example, the torque motors used in LEONARDO S have been available in the metal and mechanical industry market for over 20 years but have never been used in the milling industry, apart from us.”
Currently, Omas is focusing on developing and improving its business network, while seeking out new partners and introducing new products.