With China's leading role in the world economy, international and regional trading both rise steadily. This also leads to a rapid increase in port throughput which makes loading and unloading efficiency a top priority for ports. Modern terminals therefore require large-capacity, efficient, environmentally friendly, and automated technology. In 1999, Beiliang started to build a world-class professional grain port. For their terminals, Beiliang opted for Bühler, the industry leader in ship loading and unloading machinery. This strategic cooperation proved valuable when Bühler provided Beiliang with mechanical ship unloaders Portalink and with ship loaders Portaload, equipment which has performed efficiently and stably for nearly 20 years.