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Leading Italian Millers Choose Sortex

26.02.2007 Italian grain processors make Sortex their first choice for key Durum wheat to Semolina market Sortex is pleased to announce that nine of the biggest players in the Italian durum wheat to semolina flour market have installed Sortex machines in their production chain as a positive response to the ever changing and increasingly stringent requirements of the wheat processing market.

The Sortex machines offer an immediate improvement to product quality, increase the value of the final product and reduce the cost of the milling process. As a result Sortex are now the leading supplier of sorting machines to the semolina flour for pasta industry, throughout Italy.

In Puglia, at the centre of Italian durum wheat production, customers such as Industria Molitoria Mininni, were the first to adopt new ways of cleaning wheat, seeking to remove contaminants, which make up 1-3% of the grain prior to milling.

Such contaminants include foreign seeds (especially vetch), immature grains, black grains and spots. With Sortex sorting machines, Industria Molitoria Mininni and other mill owners, can expect to remove foreign seeds completely and reduce spotted grains to less than 0.5% – essential to producing a finished pasta, the quality of which will be judged by the number of visible black spots within it, which will now be virtually negligible.

In addition, Sortex sorters placed within the mill’s production line, ensure increased product safety, as the product is cleansed of metal traces and other foreign bodies. Cost savings can also be anticipated as the reliance on mechanical cleaning methods decreases and reduces the need for excessive power consumption. Further, the grain that passes through the mills is of a consistent and stable quality on every production run.

Other grain processors who have benefited form Sortex sorting machines include: Candeal - who provide high volumes of flour to the biggest Italian Pasta producers; De Cecco, who have three mills producing semolina for their internationally famous pastas; Molino Grassi – who is a high quality miller, dedicated to the top segment of the market; Simec – whose products dominate the region of Sardinia; Molitoria Umbra, who operate in central Italy and supply the fresh pasta market; Molini Tandoi Pellegrino, who are rapidly developing their activities in supplying an increasingly high proportion of Italian Pasta companies; Grandi Molini Italiani – who are suppliers of flour to the second largest Italian pasta producer and Fratelli Ferro Semolerie Molisane – a long established company, specialising in high quality, value added products.

Together, these nine millers and producers represent a wide cross section of the exponents of Italian Semolina flour production and related pasta products and between them they have installed more than 20 Sortex Z series machines, with further machines and up-grades on order; such as the five new machines planned for installation between now and the Spring of 2006, at Grandi Molini Italiani.

Sortex machines have been chosen not only because they represent a very cost effective solution to a key part of the Semolina flour process but because their introduction means that producers can buy and successfully process even highly contaminated grain and yet still retain the value of the final product when, for instance, good product is in short supply.

Further benefits to mill owners include ease of use – especially as many mills do not have people with electronic skills, the proven reliability of the Sortex Z series optical sorting machines, the prompt technical support with which Sortex back-up all their machines and the fact that Sortex’s Italian team (Stefano Bonacina, Sales Manager and his Service Engineers) have an excellent knowledge of the milling industry, which has ensured that machines are set-up for customers’ particular requirements and the specific demands of their plant.

According to Filippo Mininni, owner and Managing Director of Industria Molitoria Mininni, the Sortex machines he has installed do everything they promised and he goes on to say that they ‘ ...have brought added value to the entire economy of the mill, ensuring better yields and a higher quality product than ever before.