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Cimbria is one of the world’s leading companies within industrial processing, handling and storage of grain and seed, as well as animal feed, foodstuffs and other bulk products.

Record-breaking order to Egypt

Update from 2024: Cimbria Enhances Egypt’s Food Security with These 23 Silo Plants

Cimbria has made significant strides in enhancing food security in Egypt by delivering these 23-grain silo plants across the country. As the world’s largest wheat importer, Egypt faced the challenge of storing a substantial portion of its grain outdoors. However, our collaboration with the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade has transformed this situation.

Through safe and efficient processing and storage of wheat, we have prevented enormous food losses and ensured a stable supply of grain. Our cutting-edge technology connects and monitors all 23 silo plants, providing real-time visibility into product quantities. This digital transformation supports the Egyptian government’s goal of nationwide digitalization.

The geographical spread of our delivery spans from the Mediterranean coast in the north to Aswan in the south. These silo plants serve various purposes: 12 plants act as buffer and intermediate storage facilities for imported wheat under the Egyptian Holding Company for Grain Silo Storage, while 10 facilities allow farmers to sell and deliver locally produced grain under the Principal Bank for Development & Agricultural Credit (PBDAC). Additionally, the last silo plant was delivered to North Cairo Flour Mills Co. as a buffer for their flour mill operations.

Each of the 23 plants boasts a silo with a capacity of 60,000 tons, equipped with conveying and cleaning equipment that processes grain at a rate of 200 tons per hour. The combined silo capacity across all plants totals an impressive 1.38 million tons. Our commitment to reducing food loss and enhancing food security remains unwavering, and together, we’ve made a significant impact on Egypt’s grain storage landscape. 🌾

Update from 2023: Cimbria Enhances Egypt’s Food Security with Automated Inventory Management system of these 23 Silo Plants

Our collaboration with the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade, revolutionized Egypt’s grain storage system, supporting the government’s goal of nationwide digitalization. Our cutting-edge technology interconnected 23 silo plants, creating a seamless network that ensures enhanced visibility, safety, and price stability.

Sami Salah El Din, Regional Director of Cimbria in Egypt, reinforces our sense of accomplishment by stating: “We are honored to support the Egyptian government’s tireless efforts in providing safe and sufficient food for the growing population. This order marks a pivotal moment in our shared journey toward progress.” 
A great transformation to embark on, bridging tradition with technology for a brighter, more resilient Egypt.

Learn more about our automated Inventory Management System, - the first independent stock management system of its kind - here.

Major order to Egypt - Feb 2021

Cimbria has secured the biggest order in the company’s history in connection with the delivery of 23 grain silo plants to Egypt. This order is considered to be the world’s largest order for grain silos, with a total storage capacity of 1.38 million tonnes and a value of more than 100 million US dollars.

Installation work in progress

Financing of this huge project has been provided by the United Arab Emirates to the Government of Egypt to support the development of the country. Furthermore, the two countries agreed that the Egyptian Engineering Authority of Armed Forces and the Administration of Military Works should select the main contractors and control and supervise the entire implementation. Cimbria was competing against companies from China, India, Turkey, the USA, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom for mechanical-electrical works. In the end, Cimbria was selected and subsequently negotiated sub-contracts with Arab contractors for 15 plants, Petrojet for 4 plants, Samcrete for 2 plants and Misr Concrete Development Co for the last 2 plants.

The order comprises project design and engineering, supply of conveying equipment, cleaners, dust filter systems, weighing equipment, laboratory equipment, silos, electronic control system featuring SCADA / PLC, inventory recording system with scanner in each silo, sufficient spare parts for 3 years of operation and delivery to Egypt. The project also includes supervision of the equipment, silos and electrical systems at the 23 facilities. Following installation, Cimbria will embark on a training programme in which 20 Egyptian employees at each plant will receive instruction in operation and maintenance. Final capacity testing will also be performed prior to handing over the many new plants. Each of the 23 plants has a silo capacity of 60,000 tonnes, including conveying and cleaning facilities with a capacity of 200 tonnes per hour. Total silo capacity will thus amount to 1.38 million tonnes.

Installation work in progress

Geographically, the locations of the 23 plants stretch from the Mediterranean Sea and Suez all the way down to Aswan, in addition to a plant at an oasis 600 km west of Aswan.

Egypt has a high consumption of grain: it is the world’s biggest importer of wheat and has an annual import of 17 million tonnes of different grain products. Furthermore, local production takes place on 4% of Egypt’s rural land, primarily in the Nile Delta and areas along the Nile down to the Sudanese border, corresponding to a total production of 23 million tonnes of a range of different grain products.

Of the 23 plants being delivered, Cimbria will be supplying 12 facilities for The Egyptian Holding Company for Silo Storage under the Ministry of Supply & Home Trade, which will primarily be used as a buffer and intermediate storage facility for imported wheat. 10 facilities will be erected for the Principal Bank for Development & Agricultural Credit under the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation at various locations throughout the country to which farmers can sell and deliver locally produced grain. Currently, a substantial part of the grain received by the Ministry of Agriculture is stored outdoors, which results in enormous losses. The new silos will replace such open bag storage facilities. The final facility is to be delivered to North Cairo Flour Mills Co. as a buffer for its flour mill.

Cimbria’s project department has a staff of 180 employees who are responsible for a range of functions, including sales, project design and engineering, delivery, assembly and after-sales service. Project design has been completed; production of the many plants has been ongoing since spring 2015 and will be completed in February 2016. The complete shipment will eventually fill around 500 40-foot containers packed with equipment and another 800 containers with round steel silos. Delivery began in July 2015 and will continue until early spring 2016. By the end of 2015, about 80% of all shipments will be completed. Supervision of installation at most of the sites is in full progress following training and commissioning.

The last 25 years have seen Cimbria delivering an almost uninterrupted succession of grain facilities to the country, with more than 40 reference plants having been completed to the satisfaction of customers. These reference plants have proved to be invaluable in connection with negotiations to secure this gigantic new order. Since 2012, Cimbria has had its own sales office in Egypt, and its staff have played a huge role in winning this order. Cimbria’s solutions within silo plants are recognised for their ability to ensure the highest possible efficiency in essential grain crops, as well as minimising losses – a crucial factor in Egypt, since much of the locally produced grain is stored in open outdoor sack storage facilities, with enormous losses as a consequence.

Read more about Grain Storage here.