MILLING AND PROCESS TECHNOLOGY
The flour milling process is basically the separation of the endosperm from the germ and the bran layers of the wheat grain. Using the gradual reduction process ensures that the endosperm (flour and semolina) is carefully separated through several sub-processes of repeated grinding, scalping, sifting, grading and purification. This is achieved only after a thorough dry cleaning and conditioning of the wheat grains. High quality hard wheat is sourced from the main wheat growing countries of the world. However, the Hard Red Winter Wheat (HRW No. 2 variety) from the USA forms the bulk of HFMP’s milling wheats.
Wheat vessels with capacity of up to 44,000 metric tonnes of wheat are discharged with two VIGAN ship unloders with a combined discharge capacity of 500 metric tonnes per hour and conveyed by overhead chain conveyors through the Tin Can Island premises directly into our 72,900 metric tonnes grain silos for binning. The proximity of the wheat intake process to the production factory minimises freight and handling costs .
At Honeywell Flour Mills PLC, the latest state-of-the-art technology in grain processing using plant and machineries from world renowned engineering suppliers and flour enhancing and fortification ingredients is deployed. The flour milling plants were designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned by BUHLER AG, Uzwil, Switzerland – who is the acclaimed world leader in milling process engineering. Its processes and systems conform to international standards and are ISO 9001:2008 certified.
Honeywell Superfine Flour and Honeywell Brown Flour are bagged in 50 kg woven polypropylene sacks using high speed carousel packers. Honeywell Semolina comes in 1, 2, 5 and 10 kg pack-sizes. The 1 and 2 kg sizes are packed using high speed ROVEMA vertical form-fill and seal packers.
HFM PLC’S PRODUCTION FACILITY
Honeywell Flour Mills has a multi-billion Naira modern factory located at Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, equipped with state-of-the-art machinery for wheat discharge/storage, milling, quality control and warehousing. In the absence of a reliable public power system, the company has to generate its own power.
Today, it has 2 operating power supply systems of 4 and 5 megawatts capacity respectively, using diesel as an alternative source of fuel. It has recently completed a third power supply system which runs on gas with a total installed capacity of 12 megawatts. With the gas power plant as an alternative, production bottlenecks caused by shortages in diesel supply and associated quality problems will be minimized. The company also expects to make substantial cost savings in the use of gas to generate our power, and these savings have been incorporated in the profit forecast.
EXPANSION OF PRODUCTION CAPACITY
Demand for Honeywell Superfine Flour has continued to grow exponentially, as evidenced by its turnover figures. In a bid to cater to its increasing clientele, it has consistently upgraded its production facilities. Production commenced in 1998 following the construction and installation of a 200 metric tonnes wheat mill at the Tin Can Island site. Following the successful commissioning of the mill, the sale of Honeywell Superfine Flour commenced on July13, 1998.
In 1999, the company embarked on a remodeling project to increase the milling capacity to 360 tonnes per day. In November 2001, installed production capacity was increased to 610 metric tonnes per day. In August 2005, the company took a giant leap with the installation of two mills capable of producing 500 metric tones a day respectively. This addition brought the total installed capacity of the company to 1,610 metric tonnes per day further strengthening its position as a key player in the flour milling industry in Nigeria.
The company carried out another expansion project, a twin mill facility of 1,000 MT per day with the first 500 MT per day mill to be completed in May 2012 while the second 500 MT per day mill to be completed in September 2012. Expansion project was completed in 2013 and production capacity is now 2,610 MT per day.