Angolan milling company GMA readies second phase of Lobito’s wheat flour mill construction

ANGOLA – Grandes Moagens de Angola, subsidiary of one of Angola’s leading players in soft commodities and FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), Webcor, has completed construction of the first phase of its wheat flour mill in Lobito.

According to the parent company, construction of Lobito mill began in November 2018 and included the reconstruction of a colonial-era silo, installation of new metal silos, and cleaning and transportation equipment.

The silos, with a total storage capacity of 66,000 tons of grain, can unload grain ships at up to 300 tons per hour and perform pre-cleaning at 150 tons per hour.

In addition, the plant is prepared for loading trucks and railway wagons to close the logistics loop and is ready to increase its storage capacity by another 16 thousand tons in the future.

“We can sustainably move to the second phase with the installation of state-of-the-art wheat milling equipment.”

Nuno Alegria – Industrial Director at Webcor

Nuno Alegria, Industrial Director at Webcor, indicated that completion of the first phase marks an important step in the project.

“We can sustainably move to the second phase with the installation of state-of-the-art wheat milling equipment.

“The quality of our product will be higher than current market offerings, and the presence of railways to neighbouring countries will open doors for exports.

“The mill will stimulate related economic activities, create employment and bring development to the entire region,” he stated.

The new processing facility is an addition to its wheat mill located at the heart of Luanda’s port, featuring state of art machinery with a processing capacity of 1,200 tons of wheat/day.

In addition to industrial buildings, the site includes a laboratory, an industrial bakery for local industry training, raw material silos, silos and end product warehouses, offices, ship loading/unloading equipment, a canteen, workshops and truck parking facilities.

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Within the coming years, GMA seeks to increase its processing capacity to 3,500 tons a day and develop businesses in the agro-industrial sector.

Webcor has been in business since 1978, with a strong presence in the Southern African country.

Leveraging its expansive network and knowledge of the market, the company recently partnered with AP Foods, an Angolan milling company, to increase the production of pasta and widen distribution of the product in the country.

Under the agreement, Webcor Group will avail its logistical capacity to facilitate the sale and distribution of food products.

Further to that, Argentine multinational company Grupo Arcor, one of the world leaders in the confectionery, agri-food and packaging sector, has collaborated with Webcor to establish a US$45 million confectionery factory in the country.

It is expected to produce six thousand tons of products of different brands annually, serving both the local market and neighbouring countries of Congo, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana.

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