New production line for Chile

Brüggen has put production equipment for crunchy muesli into operation at the Santiago de Chile production site in Chile. Extensive construction work was necessary to make space for this system. The company has now been manufacturing crunchy muesli right on site for the South American market since September 2016.

After a brief start-up period, September 2016 marked the beginning of the production of crunchy muesli in Chile after completion of the facilities. Now, the company can produce a quantity of 2.5 to 3 tons of crunchy muesli per hour. Six to seven members of staff are on duty during each shift to operate and monitor the equipment. Brüggen primarily supplies its crunchy muesli to existing customers from South America, who can now benefit from the savings on costs for logistics. The German company is now seeking to acquire new clients with the additional capacities.

Extensive construction work first had to be carried out before the plant could be installed. This work included the construction of new production levels in the existing halls with a height ranging from 10 to 15 metres. The plant, consisting of several parts, was installed on various platforms. Owing to the fact that Chile is situated in an earthquake region, a large number of requirements had to be met with regard to the conversion work. One example concerns the concrete floor of the hall which had to be cut into for the foundations of the pillars supporting the upper level.

100-metre-long equipment at a height of 2.80 metres

Now, the three main platforms as well as several smaller ones do not only support the new machinery for the crunchy muesli, which is 100 metres long and has been installed at a height of 2.80 metres, but also a line for traditional cereals. The boiler platform for the flakes alone takes up an area of seven times nine metres and reaches a height of 4.50 metres. Brüggen staff from Germany lent their advice and support during the installation of the plant. In turn, the technical management staff from Chile gained extensive knowledge concerning the equipment, processes and the technical infrastructure at the headquarters in Lübeck.

Operations at Brüggen América continued in spite of the extensive construction work being carried out. A break in production was only required in order to make adjustments to the technical infrastructure. During this short period, Brüggen was able to fill existing orders with products which had been manufactured in advance.

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