The decision by ANZCO Foods to upgrade its rendering process at the Canterbury plant saw the leading meat processor appoint Napier Engineering & Contracting to provide engineering expertise.
The project required Napier Engineering to install the heavy duty and high performance TST100 80 tonne Drier that was central to the process.
But first the drier had to be dis-mantled, removed from its existing home at a Hawera factory in the North Island and transported to Auckland by heavy haulage experts Tranzcar, where it was sent by sea to Timaru and then by road to ANZCO Foods at Ashburton for re-installation.
“This is their expertise,” notes ANZCO’s Rendering Manager John Corcoran (pictured with drier). “These are the type of projects they deliver for us – and they have all turned out well.” ANZCO Foods is New Zealand’s fifth largest exporter of prime New Zealand beef and lamb, and also concentrates on high grade meat rendering.
This process eliminates waste and at the same time generates a series of value added product lines, especially in the areas of detergents and feed stocks. Napier Engineering is a specialist food processing machinery engineer in the medium-to-heavy capability range and which has its own meat processing equipment brand, the Niven standard range.
In 2015 ANZCO implemented a policy to centralise process rendering on its Canterbury plant at Ashburton. This was part of ANZCO’s strategy of applying to the best advantage the geographical spread of its New Zealand-wide processing sites in order to achieve freshness of products.
The consolidation meant that the ANZCO plant at Kokiri, near Greymouth, now concentrated on meat cuts and associated chilling and blast freezing along with hide preservation and products in the pharmaceutical sphere.
It also meant that the Kokiri plant was now required to transport to the centralised Canterbury plant all its rendering by products for further processing.
Enter now Napier Engineering and Contracting the specialist food processing machinery engineer in the medium-to-heavy capability range.
Napier Engineering now installed at ANZCO at Kokiri the collection, conveyor, and delivery conduit that ensured the rapid and sealed delivery of the processing by products to refrigerated transport.
In the photograph the conveyor system operator at ANZCO’s Kokiri plant Steve Kilkelly points to the screw elevator that takes the by-products from the plant to the loading system to be transported to ANZCO at Ashburton.
“Their Technicians are always available to ensure that we keep going…..”
“They are in the business of putting things right,” says Bruce Rountree (pictured below) general manager of Hawkes Bay Protein Ltd of his long-serving maintenance contractor Napier Engineering, “they have always been able to do exactly what they said they could do.” Mr Rountree notes that Napier Engineering recently installed his company’s second production line. “They are always able to provide the specialists that we need at any given time,” said Mr Rountree. “Their technicians are always available to ensure that we keep going.” Hawkes Bay Protein is a continuous processor that must maintain constant operations and thus output. The company is a major exporter of by-products in many shapes and forms including soaps and bio diesels and ingredients for European pet foods (illustrated right.)
“This is an intensely specialised industry and therefore requires experienced and qualified technicians to keep it running” noted Mr Rountree. “Napier Engineering has the skilled people we need at critical times.”
“They have the equipment in their field and the knowledge of how to install it, that simply nobody else has….”
“Napier Engineering is first and foremost a specialist company,” stresses Reaman Industries founder and director Phil Read.“They have the equipment in their field and the knowledge of how to install it, that simply nobody else has,” said Mr Read. In fact Reaman Industries Ltd and Napier Engineering have been associated for a quarter of a century in the design, construction, and implementation, of food processing plants throughout the world. In these food processing factory projects Reaman Industries has looked after the water treatment requirements and Napier Engineering has seen to everything else. Phil Read and Brian Nicholls are pictured outside their new factory and head office in Ahuriri, Napier. “They are consultative,” observes fellow director Brian Nicholls. In this methodical and orderly approach, said Mr Nicholls, “there is the evaluation, the laying down of water and then waste water requirements…….all this leads to an association that very much benefits the food processing client.”
Added Phil Read:
“In addition to their Niven Standard range they are able to customise and do so rapidly on the premises.”
The two companies working in association have built food processing plants in Australia, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.