Mecatherm unveils turnkey solution for industrial baguette production

Production line manufacturer for the industrial bakery sector Mecatherm has launched The Baguette Factory, a new turnkey solution aimed at African clients looking to move into industrial baguette production.

According to the company, The Baguette Factory is a comprehensive range which consists of:

· A 100% automated production line, developed and manufactured by Mecatherm, with various features (boiler, compressed air production, water cooler, etc.), allowing a small three-person team to achieve a production rate upwards of 4,000 fresh baked baguettes per hour
· Project management with a dedicated team (study phase, implementation, after-care, etc.)
· Installation and start-up of the production line managed by Mecatherm technicians
· Training and assistance provided by Mecatherm bakery technicians.

Additional services are also available to ensure each project is a success, ranging from support during the feasibility study phase and help with recruiting factory managers capable of handling these types of projects, through to assistance in sourcing finance, plus a multitude of after-sales services.

The Baguette Factory is supported by a network of partners such as the French public investment bank BPI France which helps provide finance solutions. According to Mecatherm, investors can be sure to see a return on investment with the range in three to five years, even taking into account the limitations and specific economic factors of the region.

The Baguette Factory is aimed at investors seeking a quick return on investment; manufacturers looking to diversify their activities; millers who would like to invest in the processing of their flour; and bakery professionals who already have several sales outlets and wish to boost their capacity. It is believed that this is a solution that will enable them to centralise their production so that they can more effectively tackle the shortage of skilled labour and control the quality and uniformity of day-to-day bread production.

Jean-Yves Bruckert, Mecatherm’s sales director for Africa, said: “The industrialisation of the breadmaking process makes it possible to achieve high production volumes, optimal hygiene conditions in production, and finished products of uniform quality. However, experience has proved that simply supplying a ready-to-use production line is not always enough to guarantee a project’s success. This is why, through working closely with specialist partners and local representatives, we have developed a turnkey solution to support our clients during every stage of their projects and to ensure they can easily overcome any obstacles they may encounter along the way.”

Mecatherm’s CEO, Olivier Sergent, concluded: “Developing the African market and providing on-site support for our clients are among our key priorities. The Baguette Factory embodies our vision for the industry and our expertise in the African market. An initial project is currently approaching completion. The factory is scheduled to open in the spring.”

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