Bühler’s Firm Commitment to Encouraging Sustainable Rice Processing

09/16/2013 Adoption of energy efficient, high capacity processing can increase productivity and profitability significantly. At the FERM Convention in Valencia on 13th September 2013, Nick Wilkins, head of rice processing at Bühler, outlined the company’s commitment to sustainable operations that reduce energy, air and water costs.

He explained the benefits of Bühler’s new UltraLine range whose high capacity and energy efficiency set new standards in sustainable rice processing. The first two models are the UltraPoly™ which polishes rice at almost twice the capacity of previous machines and the UltraWhite™ for advanced whitening with a capacity of 9 to 12tph.

Both units handle high capacity loads with unmatched energy efficiency. They are the first of several solutions in the range that consolidates Bühler’s leading role in bringing innovative, energy efficient solutions to rice processors that will eliminate losses, reduce waste and maximise yield.

Almost half of world population depend on rice as a staple food – and around 2bn more are likely to do so by 2050. Even by 2030, another 100m tonnes of rice will be needed.

“That’s about 25% more than needed today,” said Nick. “Land available for rice growing is decreasing and increasing yields are unlikely to deliver necessary growth in volume. When higher energy costs are considered, the necessity of sustainable rice processing is evident. At Bühler, we ensure that every kilo of paddy is converted efficiently and cost effectively into high quality product. We invest almost 5% of turnover on R&D - well above the industry average. We partner with customers to develop solutions that give better performance and efficiency, and encourage sustainability.”

Bühler's commitment to encouraging the adoption of sustainable rice processing is just one of the many ways that Bühler demonstrates its leading position as the technology partner of choice for rice processors who value excellence.

For further information, hear Nick’s comments in his podcast on FERM’s Rice Convention website


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