BMA reviewed the beet sugar process, reassessing in particular the handling of beets, which are frozen during much of the campaign. The solution we suggested was the installation of a state-of-the-art extraction tower and countercurrent cossette (CCC) mixer. But further investigation was required, as China had no past experience with sugar beet processing at all.
Together, BMA China, BMA AG and BMA America visited several sugar producers in North Dakota, a traditional sugar beet area in the United States where climatic conditions are similar to those in Hulunbuir. There, we could see tried-and-tested processing methods up close.
This strengthened the customer’s resolve to opt for the extraction concept suggested – a premiere in China – and tackle the special challenges. An agreement was signed in June 2017. The kick-off meeting followed soon after, marking the start of engineering, local manufacture, and construction work.