Mecatherm completes Angola’s first turnkey installation
French-based bakery and pastry business Mecatherm has completed its first major installation project in Viana, Luanda, the capital of Angola, Africa.
The Dimassaba Le Comptoir d’Export group chose the company for a turnkey solution that industrialises bread production – which is believed to be the first such venture within the country.
As part of the recent celebrations, Angola’s Minister of Industry, Bernarda Martins, the French Ambassador of Angola, Sylvain Itté, and the delegation from French network of entrepreneurs, MEDEF International, took the opportunity to welcome the project by attending the inauguration alongside Hussein Bourji, President of Dimassaba – Le Comptoir d’Export and Olivier Sergent, president of Mecatherm.
The Baguette Factory is a complete solution including a fully automated production line with a customised support in project management ranging from finding financial partners and conducting technical studies, to setting up the factory, recruitment, personal training and technical support. This global approach allows investors in growing countries to move into the industrial bakery sector, regardless of their level of familiarity with the industry or with managing large-scale projects.
Dimassaba – Le Comptoir d’Export is a family-run group which has been importing flour into Angola for many years and which wanted to diversify its business by producing finished products on an industrial scale. The project is to offer bread of a consistent quality meeting international standards in terms of food health and safety, in order to work towards food independence in Angola.
Hussein Bourji, President of DIMASSABA – Le Comptoir d’Export said: “We are very proud of this project which provides Angola’s first ever industrial bakery. I already knew MECATHERM by name and we discovered The Baguette Factory solution during a trade show. This totally unique concept perfectly met our needs and, I must say, I was very confident with this French company’s excellent reputation and expertise in the field of industrial bread production.”