PerkinElmer acquires Perten Instruments

PerkinElmer, Inc. (“PerkinElmer”) has agreed to acquire Perten Instruments Group AB (“Perten”), a global leading supplier of advanced analytical instruments for quality control of food, grain, flour and feed, from Valedo Partners Fund I AB (“Valedo”), the Perten family and key staff in Perten. Perten has under Valedo’s ownership since 2010 doubled in size through successful investments in product development and geographical expansion. PerkinElmer’s commitment to the food quality testing space and presence in complementary markets combined with Perten’s solid market position and leading product portfolio is an ideal match to further strengthen a leading position in this sector.

Perten, founded in 1962, develops and markets instruments, along with a market leading food quality calibration database and ancillary services, for advanced quality control of food, grain, flour and feed. Over the last few years, Perten has achieved strong organic growth and today generates an annual turnover of more than EUR 50 million with sales in more than 100 countries. Perten has a global leading position in several product segments which is the result of the development of ground-breaking products, several of which are now industry standards.

PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. Through combining innovative detection, imaging, laboratory services, and informatics solutions with knowledge and expertise PerkinElmer supports the discovery of critical insights in diagnostics, life sciences, and environmental applications. The company reported revenue of approximately $2.2 billion in 2013, has around 7,600 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries.

“I am very proud of what Perten has achieved in the market. Since 2010 we have accelerated our efforts to develop and launch innovative products and services and we have significantly expanded our sales and service organization in both existing and new markets. Perten has appreciated working with Valedo and now welcome PerkinElmer as our new owner, who we are convinced will be able to contribute significant resources and competence to further develop and grow our business.” said Sven Holmlund, CEO, Perten Instruments Group AB.

“The combination of Perten’s unique capabilities with PerkinElmer’s portfolio of innovative analytical instruments will enable us to further penetrate the multi-billion dollar global food testing market, including longer-term opportunities in higher growth regions such as China,” said Jon DiVincenzo, President, Environmental Health, PerkinElmer. “PerkinElmer will now be firmly positioned to help customers address rigorous regulations for food quality control, import/export product testing, and the need to preserve the integrity of global supply chains.”

About Valedo:
Valedo is an independent Swedish private equity group investing in high-quality small/mid cap companies in the Nordic region. Valedo is focusing on companies with clear growth and development potential where Valedo can actively contribute to and accelerate the companies’ development. Being an active owner and contributing both capital and industrial experience, Valedo ensures that a company can achieve its full potential. www.valedopartners.com.

About PerkinElmer:
PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. The Company reported revenue of approximately $2.2 billion in 2013, has about 7,600 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through telephone: +1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at www.perkinelmer.com.

About Perten Instruments:
Perten Instruments Group is a global leader in analytical instrumentation and services to the food, grain, flour and feed markets. The company generates an annual turnover of more than EUR 50 million, has some 200 employees in 8 operational units and supplies the rest of the world through distributors and agents in more than 100 countries. For further information please visit www.perten.com.

Westeel adds Cost-Effective Catwalks to its Product Offering

Westeel today announces the addition of catwalks to its product line to better serve the global agriculture industry. The catwalk system is engineered and precisely manufactured by Westeel and the modular design requires less towers and less installation time than traditional systems.
Westeel engineers optimize every catwalk system to the location’s specific weather conditions, seismic zones and site, providing a cost-effective solution. Westeel catwalks and goal posts support high capacity conveyors of over 400 tonnes/hour (14,700 bushels/hour*) with minimal use of towers, greatly reducing material and installation costs. The product meets or exceeds European and North American codes, including EN ISO 14122-1, 14122‑2, 14122-3, 14122-4 and ANSI A1264.1-1995 (R2002).
The first Westeel Catwalk system was installed in Ontario, Canada. “The Westeel catwalks installation went seamlessly and took half the time to install compared with other systems,” said Harold Wilcocks, Manager & Sales of Wilcocks Brothers of Watford Limited. Westeel’s Ontario distributor is also very satisfied with the product “We are happy to provide our customers with this well-engineered solution tailored to their specific needs,” said Pat Fischer, President & CEO of John Ernewein Limited.
“We see grain storage and handling trending towards larger and larger operations. Along with our PTM Technology line of conveyors and bucket elevators and with our extensive line of bins, our catwalks allow us to better meet those growing needs,” said André Granger, President and General Manager of Westeel.
Westeel Catwalks can be supplied with or without conveyor path; with dual walkway; with dual conveyor path; with service platforms; with a bin peak connection and roof stairs; with punched or bar grating floor and with a number of other features. [*Based on wheat].

About Westeel
Westeel is a division of Vicwest Inc. Westeel’s comprehensive catalogue of products includes a wide range of on-farm and commercial grain handling and storage solutions for today’s agricultural industry, as well as storage and containment solutions to meet the needs of the petroleum, water and industrial sectors. Westeel has sales and engineering offices in Canada, the United States, Spain, Italy and India and manufacturing facilities in Canada and Italy. The company exports its products across all continents. Vicwest Inc. is traded on the TSX under the symbol VIC.

For more information, please contact:
André Granger, President and General Manager
Phone:+1 204 233 7133

Email: agranger@westeel.com

Adifo and LISAM enter strategic partnership

Adifo, the International Milling Directory member and leading advertiser in the area of animal feed formulation software is partnering with LISAM. Millers may want to think about their recipes utilising their products. The new press release is below:-

 

In order to make sure that customers are constantly up to date with the current legislation, Adifo has entered an exclusive partnership with LISAM, a leading provider of software and service solutions for Environment, Health and Safety compliance. This partnership provides an integrated solution with BESTMIX® for animal feed, human food and semi-processing industries. Thanks to this integrated solution, companies will have full compliance insight during formulation and will supply professional labelling of hazardous materials and MSDS authoring.

EU labelling regulation for hazardous chemicals

In December 2008 the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union passed regulation 1272/2008 to protect workers, consumers and the environment from hazardous
chemicals. The new regulation will go in full effect on the first of June, 2015. From that day on producers of hazardous chemicals will have to comply with new rules on classification, labelling & packaging of mixtures. The obligation to comply with the ever changing CLP requirements means the workload of affected producers is greatly increased.

Karel Vervaet, BESTMIX® Development Manager at Adifo:

“Adifo understands the core business of a premix supplier is not found in keeping up with regulatory restrictions and language barriers. We therefore decided to offer BESTMIX® users the opportunity to enhance their profit-driven feed formulation tool with a CLP classification module. The extra module will guarantee full CLP compliancy at all times in Europe and provides real-time CLP calculation during optimization. The resulting CLP pictograms, H and P statements, etc. are stored with the formula and are printable on the label. The new module is not limited to the European CLP standard, but also provides in the worldwide GHS standard. This partnership with LISAM is part of Adifo’s ecosystem of Partners strategy.”

Kristof Lecocq, Sales Manager at LISAM Systems:

“As a market leader, partnerships are strategically important for us in our quest for continuous growth. They give us the opportunity to cooperate with specialists from different industries and to share their insights.

With this partnership we gain access to the food and feed industry, which was until now more or less a blind spot in our customer portfolio. These companies are heavily impacted by the June 2015 GHS deadline and we are pleased that we can offer them, together with a strong partner such as Adifo, a solution so that they can remain focussed on their core business.”

 

About Lisam

Since 1999, Lisam Systems has provided software and service solutions for Environmental Health and Safety compliance management of the chemical, energy, cosmetics, detergent, paint and coverings, and special chemicals industry sectors. With over 700 customers served from offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia, Lisam Systems delivers software for Chemicals Management, SDS (MSDS) Authoring and Distribution, GHS compliant shipping and labelling, REACH Management and other hazardous chemicals volume tracking and reporting. Through its Telegis subsidiary, Lisam Systems also offers SDS (MSDS) authoring and other compliance services. www.lisam.com

About Adifo

World market leader Adifo develops and services a unique range of feed industry-specific software tools for least-cost feed formulation, quality data management, ration calculation, cloud services and ERP. 600 customers in over 60 countries apply Adifo’s software to optimize their resources, to achieve optimal animal performance, to service their clients, to be more efficient and to be more profitable. Continuous input from users, more than 40 years of experience and state-of-the-art technology guarantee innovative products that make a difference. www.adifo.com

Download here more info on the BESTMIX® CLP module

BinMaster SmartBob AO Level Sensor receives Hazardous Location Certification

International Milling Directory member BinMaster has new certification ensuring safe practice in use where dust explosions may occur. This is great news for flour and feed millers looking to invest in extra monitoring products whilst upholding health and safety.

(Lincoln, Nebraska—November 18, 2014)  The BinMaster SmartBob AO level sensor with integrated 4-20 mA analog output has received hazardous location certification. It is listed for Class II, Groups E, F, & G and enclosure types NEMA 4X, 5 and 12, ensuring the sensor is safe to use in locations where combustible dust may be present. This continuous level sensor works like an automated tape measure, but eliminates the needs to climb bins for manual measurements to reduce risk in the workplace.

The SmartBob AO with built-in 4-20 mA output is designed for facilities that prefer an analog output for monitoring bin level measurement data. The programming interface and controls are built in to the SmartBob AO circuit board for easy programming. Since the SmartBob AO measurement data is sent directly to a PLC, it provides an alternative to using a console or software for accessing measurement levels.

 

BinMaster

BinMaster

A simple push-button user interface built into the SmartBob AO circuitry is used to configure the settings for each SmartBob AO sensor. To set up the SmartBob AO, the user opens the device to access the keypad and steps through a series of push-button settings to set the interval timer, units of measure, 4 mA and 20 mA drop distances, maximum drop distance, and the Relay 1 and 2 functions. Once setup is complete, measurement data is sent directly to a PLC, with all settings for the bin saved in the non-volatile memory of the SmartBob AO.

An interval timer setting initiates a measurement in pre-determined time intervals such as every two, four or eight hours. When a measurement is needed immediately, an external start input can be used to initiate a measurement on demand. Additionally, an override input feature can be used to turn the measurement feature off, disabling the measurement function. The override feature is useful when filling tanks to avoid covering the SmartBob probe with material or to stop measurements when a bin is undergoing maintenance or cleaning.

The SmartBob AO features two relays that are configurable by the user, unlike competitive products that only have one relay, making the SmartBob AO more flexible and providing more data to the end user. The user simply selects any two of four different relay options in any combination including measurement status (measurement in process), high level alarm, low level alarm or error alarm (sensor did not take a measurement). Other benefits of the SmartBob AO include the output of a 22 mA error signal if the SmartBob AO should encounter a “stuck top” or “stuck bottom” condition and a soft start feature that reduces wear on the motor.

Big new investment from İmaş Makine

International Milling Directory member, İmaş Makine and their Milleral products are pleased to announce that a groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the new factory, which will increase the capacity of İmaş two and a half times. İmaş Makine, offering its products with Milleral trademark, will put its new factory into use over an area of 56 thousand square metres with 20m TL (Turkish Lira) of investment. The company aims to increase turnover by three times in the medium term.

İmaş Makine, which is one of the İttifak Holding subsidiaries and a leading representative of the mill technologies sector, has broken the ground for their new factory on October 14, Tuesday at the 2nd Organized Industry Extension Area in Konya. Tuncay Lamcı, İmaş Makine General Manager, spoke on the groundbreaking ceremony and said: “Our current factory which has an area of 10,300 square metres will be extended approximately two and a half times and will be active over an area of 25,623 square metres. Seha Yapı, one of the group’s companies, will carry out the construction which we aim to finish in one year.”

Lamcı mentioned that the factory will be built with an infrastructure, which could provide the electric energy required by the company and in steel construction. He added, “Our company, who constructs turnkey grain milling factories and carries out important works in metal cutting sector, is on its way to become an intelligence company which could respond to all the needs of the sectors in which it provides service.”

 

LAMCI: “WE AIM TO INCREASE OUR TURNOVER THREEFOLD”

 

Lamcı mentioned that together with the new factory investment they aimed to achieve highest quality with lower costs and added: “We will establish a structure in our new factory, which has improvable integrated business processes, which supports the innovation; with working principles carrying more efficient, more advanced and more competitive qualities and which is ready for the needs the future would bring. In our new factory in which we can find the opportunity to try out our innovative and technologically value added products we produce, we will continue to design machinery and systems that are sustainable and that provide competitive power to our customers.

Lamcı stated that the new structure will remove the labor, place and time losses in the new factory and will meet the needs of social and educational needs of the employees. He also said that they aim to increase the turnover threefold by increasing export as parallel to growing production.

 

“WE BELIEVE THAT WE WILL SEE THE OUTCOME OF THE NEW INVESTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE”

Lamcı stated that İmaş Makine was established as the second subsidiary of the İttifak Holding in order to be active in the milling sector in 1989 and in 1991, they added band saw machines to their activities and became active in these two sectors and added: “İmaş has become a global company today. Our has exported our goods up to more than 60 countries by carrying the technology from Central Asia to Middle East, from African Countries to Turkish Republics. Within this scope, we export nearly 96% of our milling machines and 17% of our band saw machines. The performance we have shown so far has encouraged us to grow. We believe that we will see the outcome of this as soon as possible.”

 

“WE ADD VALUE TO THE SECTOR”

 

Tuncay Lamcı has stated that as they have focused on three important issues in R&D and system design. Lamcı said: “We determine all the opportunities which will maximize the energy efficiency, system operation and long service life and then we present this philosophy which we call “Smart Milling” to use parallel to the interests of our customers.” He added that they see their products they have presented to global markets not just as machinery but systems which symbolize technology, quality and trust and that they would form an added value for the customers with this approach in the future.

 

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See more at: http://www.gfmt.co.uk/imas

Hayden Flour Mills wins Martha Stewart Contest and $10,000

Hayden Flour Mills, an Arizona upstart flour producer of heritage grains, will receive a major publicity push from living mogul Martha Stewart after her company announced Friday that the mill won a national contest focusing on artisanal goods.

The business was named one of 10 winners in the Martha Stewart American Made awards. It will win $10,000 along with exposure in Stewart’s magazine, Martha Stewart Living, as well as on her satellite radio channel and website. There is also an event in New York in early November.

Jeff Zimmerman started his company in 2010 with an idea, the rights to the historic name of the flour, but little else. Piece by piece, he assembled what he needed to create the kind of soft flour he grew up with in the farm country of North Dakota.

Zimmerman found seed specialists who had the kind of heritage wheat varieties that used to flourish in Arizona. He found farmers willing to plant them. He bought a massive stone mill and found a restaurateur, James Beard Award winner Chris Bianco, who had the space for him to house it.

His flour has been sold to several chefs and bakers. It is available on the shelves in a dozen Whole Foods Markets in the Phoenix area, Zimmerman said.

Wheat harvested in Queen Creek, Arizona on Friday, June 29, 2012. Jeff Zimmerman is growing heritage grains and selling them under the old Hayden Flour Mills brand.(Photo: Michael McNamara/The Republic)

Wheat harvested in Queen Creek, Arizona on Friday, June 29, 2012. Jeff Zimmerman is growing heritage grains and selling them under the old Hayden Flour Mills brand.(Photo: Michael McNamara/The Republic)

“The growth is faster than we can handle,” he said.

Zimmerman has moved his mill out of Bianco’s Phoenix bakery and sandwich shop, Pane Bianco, and into temporary quarters in Gilbert.

He is working with farmer Steve Sossaman to create a home for his mill close to some of the land where the wheat is grown. Zimmerman said it will cut trucking and production costs, and serve as a showcase for the milling process. He expects the operation to open in November.

Zimmerman said more farmers are interested in planting the ancient grain varietals. He started with Sossaman and two other farmers planting three varieties of wheat. He now has six farmers planting 14 types.

Zimmerman hopes the organic and heritage flour market can grow like the organic and heritage vegetable market. He is telling bakers they should buy their own mills, even though it would cut into his business, since he believes it will raise interest in the locally sourced wheat.

“A rising tide lifts all boats,” Zimmerman said. “We are close to leading the country with our grain movement.”

by Richard Ruelas, The Republic | azcentral.com 9:44 p.m. MST October 17, 2014

JTIC 2014: Half way through!

Tom and Darren from the International Milling Directory today completed another first day at a cereals, milling, nutrition and equipment industry exhibition and conference – JTIC.

Stand number H8 is where Darren and Tom operated from with new 2015 media files, latest magazines and International Milling Directories. Tomorrow will continue until mid afternoon at Reims Congress Centre, France.

Successful meetings with International Milling Directory members: Alapala, Buhler, Ocrim, Bastak, Silos Cordoboa, Privé, Mühlenchemie, Ugūr Makina, Sefar and many more were held.

See you there tomorrow!

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