Pavan Group has expanded its activities and has become a major player in its sector, which is providing a broad range of technology and equipment, from flour milling right up to product packaging.
The Pavan Group, a renowned manufacturer of plants and systems serving the food processing industry, has successfully completed acquisition negotiations and is now owner of the GBS Group. This group of companies was founded by the merger, back in 2000, of three important names (Golfetto, Sangati and Berga), specialists in the flour milling market and in grain storage and handling terminals.
This new Pavan business venture, registered under the name GOLFETTO SANGATI Spa, will offer equipment and systems for flour milling and animal feed industries as well as extending its business across a number of applications for grain storage and handling terminals satisfying requirements relating to loading and unloading of bulk products by ship. Another important new business branch will be plants and systems for producing biofuels.
The product lines will be marketed under the three original names serving world industries, and will offer quality Italian engineering in the cereal milling market. The headquarters will move to Quinto di Treviso. An investment plan will be implemented to expand the existing production sites in Manfredonia, Italy and in Beijing, China.
The Pavan takeover means the GBS Group is no longer in administrative receivership, a satisfying result for everyone — Pavan, trade unions and the Ministry for Economical and Industrial Development — all are confident that this move will allow Golfetto Sangati to continue production and to supply the current work orders being processed and, in the short term, to overcome the current financial setbacks.
Andrea Cavagnis, CEO of Pavan, comments, “Over the last few years we have been implementing a business consolidation and expansion plan and Pavan, with this move, will now be in a position to offer and provide our customers with a broader range of solutions and services, equipment and systems to complete and integrate food processing lines with cereal and flour milling systems.” The Pavan Group located in Galliera Veneta, Italy, serves the food processing industry with technologically advanced automatic plants and systems for processing, dry and fresh pasta, snacks, breakfast cereals, readymade meals and frozen food products. Annual sales revenues amount to €90 million and exports (120 countries worldwide) account for 95% of total sales.
Pavan has a 35% market share in the pasta processing machinery market and serves the biggest names in the food processing industry: Barilla, Nestlé, Kellogg’s, Kraft, PepsiCo, Conagra, Procter & Gamble and Molinos Rio de la Plata. Company strategy focuses on launching Golfetto Sangati worldwide through the Pavan sales network, the brand image and investments. Cavagnis goes on to say, “With Golfetto Sangati in our group, we’ll be in the position to consolidate our leadership in Italy and abroad and, unlike the competition, we will be presenting the market with complete production lines spanning from flour milling right up to product packaging all through just one supplier, Pavan. By combining the expert and specialist knowhow of both groups we will be offering our customers and markets innovative applications in the milling and food processing industries.”
Golfetto Sangati SpA designs, constructs and installs complete grain terminals for shiploading and unloading under the wellknown manufacturing brand Berga. The range of grain terminals covers any possible technology, fixed or mobile, on rails or tyres, for loading and unloading or the combined type in the same structure. Two types of unloaders are produced — pneumatic and mechanical. Specially designed unloaders for no-free flowing commodities like soya meal can be provided upon request. The working units supplied are fully equipped with dust filters and with cost-effective power consumption. In recent months requests for new projects — seaport and riverside facilities — have returned to a high level. Order enquiries are coming in from the Far East, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe.
Golfetto Sangati has recently installed two 1,000tph (tonnes per hour) capacity continuous mechanical, chain type unloaders in Shanghai, China. The customer is Shanghai Liangyou Group Co., and the unloaders were installed in the Shanghai Waigaoqiao grain reserve depot and terminal facilities.
The unloaders will service ships at this facility with capacity up to 70,000dwt. Each installed unloader can travel on rails having a centreline of 10.5m. A specially designed system allows continuous feeding from the unloaders to the two belt conveyors mounted on a concrete structure.
All mechanical, electrical and hydraulic components were manufactured and delivered from Italy, while the steel structure was manufactured locally reducing the investment costs.
The operation of the unloaders can be performed either from the operator cabin or wireless remote control. A 15-tonne hoist was installed to lift the payloader inside the hatch for final cleaning.
A maximum consumption of 700 amps at the rate of 1,200tph, which means about 0.2kWh/tonne, while the power consumption registered during the complete unloading of a 40,000dwt ship was 0.34kWh tonne (below the guaranteed contractual figure of 0.37kWh/tonne).