Food Processing, Fibres & Agriculture Industries Expert Witness

The Manderstam Group has carried out numerous consultancy assignments, studies and legal assignments in over 90 countries throughout the world.

Trusted Across the Globe
with Clients from the World Bank to UNIDO

Specialist marketing, building, economic and technical expertise in the textile and garment
industries – partnering with the Textile Institute UK – and the food processing and agriculture industries.

Our Clients

Our Accreditations

Our Petrochemical
Experience Includes:

  • Agriculture:
  • Crude oil distillation
  • Hydrotreating Gas separation
  • Light ends recovery
  • Fractionation
  • LPG production
  • Storage and handling
  • NGL
  • LNG
  • Macro agricultural planning studies involving land-use planning
  • Fisheries, poultry-grandparents and parent stock poultry breeding
  • Food Processing:
  • Fruit, dessert and tomato processing, canning, freeze(dry)ing, packaging.
  • Mineral water production lines.
  • Coffee processing
  • Bakeries, cereals and biscuits
  • Starch
  • Glucose and confectionery
  • Fats and vegetable oils:
  • Extraction
  • Refining and hydrogenation
  • Soap making
  • Fat splitting and glycerine
  • Margarine and ice-cream
  • Shortening and ghee
  • Fatty alcohols
  • Oil cake and meal
  • Pulp, textiles and paper:
  • Pulp
  • Paper
  • Chipboard
  • Plywood
  • Cotton ginning, storage and handling.
  • Textile spinning and weaving
  • Textile training institutes
  • Leather & Footwear:
  • Enzyme production
  • Skin and hide preparation
  • Leather processing, footwear manufacture

Our Expert Witness Services Includes

Expert advice and independent expert opinion

Site and equipment surveys

Process design reviews

Review of construction records

Examing compliance issues

Investigation of process and mechanical design defects, disruptions

Years Of Experience In Fertiliser Activities

Our chemical division and partner specialists are continually involved in fertiliser activities, with extensive experience in the review, design, engineering and control of major ammonia and urea projects.

Oils, Fats &
Alkyd Resins

Oilseeds production and processing specialists:
  • Market Studies
  • Sectoral Studies
  • Techno-Economic Studies
  • Project Engineering - Co-ordination of Implementation

Cotton & Fibres Multidisciplinary

Experience operating in a variety of developing countries and particularly Asia and the Indian sub-continent.
  • Field work
  • Breeding
  • Pesticides
  • Ginning industry
  • Seed multiplication
  • Vegetable oil extraction
  • Socio-economic appraisals
  • Delintering
  • Varietal selection and cultural practices
  • Marketing of end products

Skilled In Your
Field

Unbiased technical guidance
  • Feasibility, design, tendering, supervision of construction and start-up of new projects
  • Pollution control for new and existing mills.

Case Study

Vegetable Oil production experience

A preliminary study was carried out for the Government of Algeria on behalf of UNIDO, on the existing state of the vegetable oil industry in Algeria.

This covered the agricultural and marketing aspects of oil production and the processing of oils and fats into a range of derivatives such as margarine, fatty acids, but the alkyd resins and soaps, glycerol. This led to a study of the feasibility of establishing two new large solvent extraction and soap complexes.

Industry Experience Worldwide

Satisfied clients in Food Processing, Fibres, Agri and Agro

China

Client: E.E.C

Location: Shangdow – Inner Mongolia

Provision of on site diagnostic services and identification and costing of current technology required for building a new flax factory at Shangdow to produce 400 tons of combed sliver and 800 tons of cotton style flax per year. Comprehensive study of retting, scutching, hackling, carding, doubling, roving, combing, spinning, degumming and bleaching. Proposals were also made for utilities for effluent treatment and dust extraction.

 

Client: E.E.C

Location: Lanxi Flax Spinning & Knitting Company

Provision of site survey services for the design of a new flax mill and specifically the requirements and technical know how for operation of a 5,000 spindle machine. Also identification and costing of all equipment and utilities required.

 

Saudi Arabia

Client: Royal Commisison For Jubail & Yanbu

Location: Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Work on the secondary industries in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, involved the production of synthetic textile fibres.

For the contractor in defense of the owners claims arising from the failure of mechanical equipment for vacuum loading system for catalysts at a UK refinery.

 

Angola

Client: Commissao Permanente Para O Desenvoluimentoindustrial Park

Location: Huambo

For an inception study of an Industrial Park in the District of Huambo, Angola, the establishment was recommended of 17 textile units to produce towels, fancy weavings, Jacquard, high quality woven material, canvas, denim and drill (twill), trousers and jeans, shirts and blouses, work clothes, socks and hosiery, knitted underwear, Jersey knitwear, tricot lingerie and embroidery, using cotton and/or synthetics. The recommendations
were substantiated with market studies, plant economics and anticipated profitability. It was also recommended that they set up a 20,000 spindle-spinning mill at a later stage of development of the industrial park. The study was carried out for the local government, at that time under Portuguese rule.

 

Cyprus

Client: Govt of Cyprus

Location: Cyprus

On behalf of UNIDO, an Industrial Opportunity Survey in the Cyprus non-Turkish occupied area was conducted. This covered an examination of the status of the textile industry, an assessment of its efficiency and of expansion/diversification/export prospects, with recommendations for immediate and medium term actions.

 

Uganda

Client: Govt of Uganda

Location: Uganda

On behalf of UNIDO, an Industry and Development Study was prepared for the government of Uganda. This covered, inter alia, an assessment of the whole textile sector (efficiency, scope for improvement with capital cost estimates and projected turnover, rehabilitation programme.)

 

Indonesia

Client: Pertamina

Location: Indonesia

In connection with the development of polypropylene manufacturing facilities (which came on stream some five years ago, the textile industry in Indonesia was surveyed for PERTAMINA, a government agency. All aspects were examined and critically analysed, from cotton/synthetic staple fibre blending, spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing, garment, carpet and sacks manufacture. Raw material substitution was examined in depth for the production of apparel, upholstery, carpets, ropes, filter fabrics and sacks, via
the manufacture of polypropylene tape for weaving or twine making, of fibrillated tape, monofilament and staple fibre. A spinning plant capable of producing monofilament and staple is under construction.

 

Thailand

Client: Ministry Of Overseas Development

Location: Thailand

A comprehensive study of the Development of Export Industries in Thailand was carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Overseas Development. Sectors relevant to textiles, which were covered in detail, were Thai silk, cotton, kenaf and kapok.

 

Ethiopia

Client: National Textile Corporation

Location: Bahr Dar, Ethiopia

Acting as consultants to the National Textile Corporation of Ethiopia for the
rehabilitation of their integrated textile mill at Bahr Dar, a detailed assessment of the state of the existing plant and machinery has been carried out, together with a review of operating and maintenance procedures.
The project is divided into two phases: the first designed to bring the mill up to a reasonable level of efficiency and to improve the quality of finished fabrics, and the second to increase output by approximately 50%. Detailed cost estimates have been prepared and tender documents are to be issued in the near future.

 

Bangladesh

Client: Unido

Location: Bangladesh

A pre-investment study for the production of synthetic fibres was undertaken, covering cellulosic fibres, polyesters, polyamide, polyacrylics and polyolefines. The study included the current usage of man made fibres in Bangladesh and made forecasts of future demand. The impact of introducing more man made fibres on existing spinning/weaving facilities (including the handloom sector), was considered and the mill modifications necessary to spin synthetic/cotton blends were specified.

China

Client: Leather Chemicals Manufacturer

Location: Nankai

The existing factory in Nankai cannot meet the higher demand for quality of finished leathers and cannot keep pace with the increasing number of different kinds of leathers. We were required to advise on the world market for leather finishing chemicals and to specify the technology required to allow the factory to manufacture a modern range of finishing agents including emulsions, perfluoroacrylate resin and other agents, together with the environmental protection procedures and plant such a plant needs.

 

Client: Enzyme Producing Factories

Location: Shanghai

The study investigated the possibilities of expansion of production at factories in Shanghai, Wuxi and Tianjin engaged in enzyme production and highlighted the constraints. Estimates were made of the cost of expanding the plants and updating the technology used. Energy savings were investigated together with down-stream processing, recovery plants and environmental protection measures.

 

Africa

Client: Ministry of Industry

Location: Eritrea

Manderstam undertook a detailed assessment of rural bovine, sheep and goat hides collection and treatment throughout Eritrea. This was followed by a study of the municipal tanneries giving advice on equipment, chemical treatments and effluent handling. The scope of work covered the production of detailed designs for tanneries and effluent treatment stations.

Market Study for the World and Regional Finished and Semi-Finished Hides Sector

Manderstam also undertook on behalf of the Ministry of Industry, Eritrea a world and regional study of the trade in finished and semi-finished hides and identified relevant markets for the Eritrean leather industry.

Sector Review of Leather Footwear Industry

Manderstam undertook a comprehensive review of the Eritrean and Ethiopian leather footwear markets including details surveys of government-owned footwear factories giving recommendations on new equipment, production costs and product lines.

Egypt

Client: E.E.C

Location: Shangdow – Inner Mongolia

Provision of on-site diagnostic services and identification and costing of current technology required for building a new flax factory at Shangdow to produce 400 tons of combed sliver and 800 tons of cotton style flax per year. A comprehensive study of retting, scutching, hackling, carding, doubling, roving, combing, spinning, degumming and bleaching. Proposals were also made for utilities for effluent treatment and dust extraction.

Client: Nile Ginning Company

Location: Tay El Barud

Prepared site surveys, design data for civil construction on accommodation, administration, operational
buildings; mechanical and electrical layouts for cotton process plant, weighing equipment, steam
generation and seed sorting and fumigating equipment. Responsibility for site supervision and
commissioning of civil and mechanical equipment.

Client: Nile Ginning Company

Location: Zifta

Responsible for proposals for maintaining existing production and preparing designs for new steel
structural operational building designs and civil foundations. Preparation of machinery layouts and
tender and evaluation. Site supervision of all civil, mechanical and electrical erection and
commissioning.

Client: National Textile Corporation

Location: Bahr Dar

Acting as consultants to the National Textile Corporation of Ethiopia for the rehabilitation of their
integrated textile mill at Bahr Dar, a detailed assessment of the state of the existing plant and machinery
has been carried out, together with a review of operating and maintenance procedures.
The project was divided into two phases: the first designed to bring the mill up to a reasonable level of
efficiency and to improve the quality of finished fabrics, and the second to increase output by
approximately 50%. Detailed cost estimates were prepared and tender documents issued.

BANGLADESH

Client: Unido

Location: Nationwide

A pre-investment study for the production of synthetic fibres was undertaken, covering cellulosic fibres,
polyesters, polyamide, polyacrylics and polyolefines. The study included the current usage of man-made
fibres in Bangladesh and made forecasts of future demand. The impact of introducing more man-made
fibres on existing spinning/weaving facilities, (including the handloom sector), was considered and the
mill modifications necessary to spin synthetic/cotton blends were specified.

Egypt

Client: Al Nasr Company for sugar and pulp industry

The project included engineering studies and carrying out process improvements and plant
extensions and modification for the production of paper pulp based on bagasse at Kous - Upper

Argentina

Client: The manufacture of paper and pulp.

The manufacture of paper and pulp.

Ghana

Client: Bucklips Packaging Ltd - Corrugated Carton Production

Site diagnostic services to rehabilitate existing plant and identify equipment to increase output.

Greece

Client: Thessalonian Paper Mills - Larissa

Process and engineering investigations on a straw-based pulp and paper production plant.

India

Client: Assam Pulp Mills Limited

Project and process engineering for a 100 tone per day bleach Kraft bamboo based pulp and
paper plant.

Kenya

Client: Highland Paper Mills

On site diagnostic services and preparation of technical blueprint for the rehabilitation of the
company.

Nigeria

Client: East Central State

Pre-investment study for a project to produce hardwood based pulp and paper.

Cyprus

Client: UNIDO

Development study of sweet-water fish production and processing. This was part of
an overall study on the rehabilitation and diversification of the industrial sector after
the Turkish invasion.

Thailand

Client: Ministry of Overseas Development - UK

As part of a study on the development of export industries, the potential utilisation of
trash fish from the Gulf of Thailand,

Argentina

Client: Compania Argentina de Pesca

The fish-processing activities of the Compania Argentina de Pesca were studied, to
isolate those which could be more efficiently carried out at sea. Manderstam then
participated in the design of a mother ship, the “Juan Person”, to provide the off-shore
fleet with these services, which was constructed in the UK and commissioned in
Argentine waters.

Scotland

Organisation and management of a four-year monitoring programme in the
North Sea.

Effect on benthic samples and fishing activities of off-shore drilling platforms,
sea pipelines and adjacent on-shore activities (urban and industrial).

Nigeria

Client: Spaniran Fisheries

Consultancy services on all technical and operational aspects of fishing, including the construction of a fishing harbour,
cold storage, maintenance workshop, crew training, the purchase of trawlers.

Client: Pabode

Consultancy services on deep frozen fish storage and distribution for PABODE (state-owned co-operative, Rivers State, Nigeria).

Saudi Arabia

Client: Nabati Vegetable Oil Company

Following an evaluation of various bidders and proposed buy-back agreements, Manderstam
were awarded project management with technical and supervisory commissioning services for
the contract of a factory to produce 60,000 tons/annum of edible vegetable oil in Damman. ClientNabati Vegetable Oil Company.

Client: Nabati

In addition, Manderstam carried out, on behalf of Nabati, a market and technical feasibility study
of the production of margarine and ice-cream as downstream added value products for the above
vegetable oil plant.

Algeria

Client: Government of Algeria on behalf of UNIDO

A preliminary study was carried out for the Government of Algeria on behalf of UNIDO,
on the existing state of the vegetable oil industry in Algeria. This covered the agricultural
and marketing aspects of oil production and the processing of oils and fats into a range of
derivatives such as margarine, fatty acids, but the alkyd resins and soaps, glycerol. This
led to a study of the feasibility of establishing two new large solvent extraction and soap
complexes. Specifications and tender documents were prepared for process units, off-sites,
and for harbour installations for seed and meal handling and conveying. Contractors’bids
were assessed and recommendations made. This was followed by detailed technical
discussions, in conjunction with the client, during contractual negotiations.

Ethiopia

Client: Ethiopian Food Corporation

The Manderstam Group were consultants to the Ethiopian Food Corporation on a
multi-oilcake solvent extraction and refining complex. Our duties included the
evaluation of tenders, recommendation of contractors and assistance in the
preparation of contract documents for the supply, erection and commissioning of
the processing facilities.

Client: Oil Mill

We carried out a detailed study on the rehabilitation and expansion of an oil mill
and soap making complex, surveying simultaneously the oil milling sub-sector in
the country and making recommendations for its short and long term
development.

Mali

Client: Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development

Location: On behalf of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, we have acted as
consultants to a state-owned company in Mali for the rehabilitation and renovation of a
vegetable oil and soap complex. Our work included a feasibility and project study as well
as an analysis of the past and present performance of the operations. The report
recommended the rehabilitation and expansion of the facilities and supported this with
financial and sensitivity analyses for various options. The present and probable future
availability of oilseeds (cottonseed and groundnut) was examined.

Pakistan

Client: Asian Development Bank

A preliminary survey was undertaken on behalf of the Asian Development Bank which
appraised the medium-term potential of the agricultural and processing sub-sectors
relating to vegetable oils and fats, taking into account the targets set by the Fifth Five
Year Plan. The survey covered the primary production of oilseed crops as well as a
number of other crops used for rotation or inter-cropping. Other important aspects dealt
with were co-operatives, marketing, distribution and storage systems, credits, research
and extension services.

Sri Lanka

Client: Asian Development Bank

In co-operation with the Asian Development Bank, we carried out a national
study for the Ceylon Oils and Fats Corporation on copra, poonac and other raw
materials. Apart from assessing the availability of such raw materials, we
examined both home and export markets and also the advisability of downstream
processing. This involved a feasibility study for the rehabilitation and
development of an existing coconut oil and derivatives factory in Sri Lanka.

 

 

Salt Industries - Expert of Choice

Trusted By Major International Concerns

Oman Government, UNIDO, Caribbean Development Bank, Omnivest, Egyptian Government Salt and Soda Co Ltd, Iran Government.

Edible & Preservatives

As well as being vital to the human diet, salt is important as an antiseptic and preservative. The normal urban per capita consumption is around 10kg per annum, with the foodstuffs processing industry of highly developed countries (canning, baking, fish and meat packing, curing and tanning of hides) accounting for another 5kg per head per annum.

Chemical derivatives of salt

Worldwide, the main use for salt is as a feedstock for chlorine and sodium chemicals (the chloralkali industry) and may amount to 60–90% of demand in industrialised countries. The leading chlorine derivative is the plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), usually manufactured from ethylene and chlorine. Next in importance is hydrochloric acid, used in metal processing (commonly steel), oil well acidizing and starch hydrolysis. Chlorine itself is used for water purification, textile bleaching and pulp and paper manufacture. Salt derivatives number in the hundreds, and also include soda ash and sodium bicarbonate.
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