Dino bulk truck loader helps with sugar shortage in Europe

Due to high world market prices a sugar shortage has occurred on the European market. Many sugar processing companies are therefore importing sweetener from outside Europe. The imported sugar is supplied in big bags and then transferred into silo wagons. Sugar processors are remarkably often discovering the Van Beek Dino Bulk truck loader for this application. In a short time Van Beek has supplied six Dinos to five different end users in the sugar industry.

Sugar shortage in Europe

The European continent consumes 16.5 million tons of sugar a year, some 10% of world consumption. European farmers are able to produce 13 million tons of this in the form of beet sugar. The remaining 3.5 million tons may be imported. The fifty least developed countries get a discount for this. They are able to sell at European prices without the import levy that applies for wealthier countries.

“I was not really aware of a sugar shortage in Europe until I started receiving remarkably frequent requests for Dino Bulk truck loaders for sugar and I came into contact with these sugar processors. The Dino is indeed extremely suitable for loading sugar safely and quickly. Repacking big bags and loose bagged goods into silo wagons is a profitable business. If for example you already load one or two trucks a week, it is worth using a Dino. Also you are not bound to one factory or warehouse, since the Dino is mobile and fits into a sea container or onto a normal truck. You can then use the Dino anywhere in the world .” says Roel Kneepkens, Sales Engineer at Van Beek.

The sugar price on the world market has more than doubled in recent years. The enormous price rises are the result of a worldwide sugar shortage that has already lasted for three years. Reasons given for the shortage in Europe are the disappointing harvests due to bad weather in Asia and South America, the beet quota imposed on European farmers, the rising demand in Asia for Western products using sugar and reduced exports by sugar beet producers in Latin America because they can sell their production on the local market.

Dino bulk truck loader

One of Van Beek’s strengths is designing unique machines and installations to customer specification. This also applies for the Dino bulk truck loader of which over 400 have already been sold worldwide for different applications. Dino bulk truck loaders for sugar processing companies are also customised but do have the following in common.

The basic capacity is 40 m³ per hour (or 80 m³ per hour). The sugar to be loaded is therefore conveyed into the silo wagon, filtered and inspected at the same time (optional). The inlet bin can be equipped with a screen to monitor the quality of the sugar, which screens out lumps and other materials at the very start. If required the outlet can incorporate a magnet and a sampler. The magnet filters any steel parts out of the sugar. The quality of the sugar batch can be measured with the sampler both manually and automatically.

An industrial dust extractor keeps the system at negative pressure, making dust-free loading possible. This Dino is also equipped with a loading bellows so no dust is released. Dinos fully comply with EC standards and Health and Safety legislation such as ARBO, ARAB and TUV. But the sugar Dinos also comply with the stringent directives of the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The design is always hygienic, with all the stainless steel parts being glass-pearl blasted and the screw is easy to clean. In addition the ease of cleaning has the advantage that a quick product change is also possible when loading, for example when supplying different types of sugars.

More information on the Dino bulk truck loader can be found on www.dino.nl

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