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FEMIA - the vegetable processing machinery engineers.

FEMIA - The Vegetable Processing Machinery Engineers

The company was founded in 1962 by a group of French engineers with the goal of manufacturing and selling equipment for the vegetable processing industry using the latest designs and technology serving both the canning and freezing industries. Early on, it was decided to increase throughput for both peas and green beans from the traditional 4 tonnes per hour to 8 tonnes per hour enabling savings in both space and energy requirements as well as reducing water consumption. A later innovation was a totally new type of fan separator; just one of many to come out of this group. At each stage of vegetable processing, new machines were designed to meet the stringent requirement of the larger groupings being formed both in canning and freezing throughout the Western countries.

Progressing steadily over the intervening years, FEMIA can now supply complete pea processing lines and complete green bean processing lines. Indeed in France the company dominates both these areas and in many countries is now regarded as the leader. Expansion into other crops such as spinach, sweet corn and cauliflower and of course can fillers followed.

In the export market, individual machines used in the preparation of green vegetables as well as complete lines have been installed in dozens of countries spread throughout the world, with recent installations for green beans coming on stream in China, where the local equivalent of the French haricot is being processed. Eastern Europe cannot be omitted from the list of customers with installations in Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Poland.

The Company has a factory at Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris, where their new head office and engineering design studios are based above the existing assembly workshops, stores and export packing facilities extending to some 5000 sq.m. The modern layout and design of these offices equipped with the latest in CAD demonstrates the strength of the engineering and design orientation of this company. The second factory also of around 5000 sq.m. is at Hallennes-lez-Haubourdin, outside Lille in the North of France where fabrication is carried out and the third is at Quimper in Brittany where the electrical work and electronic automation work is done in a 1000 sq.m. factory. At this location are based the team of installation engineers who follow the machinery wherever deliveries have been made.

Many readers will be familiar with the extraordinary range of equipment designed, engineered and manufactured by FEMIA, from washing and grading to snipping and blanching. The specialisation in one area of food production has paid dividends, since the knowledge built up by the engineers and draughtsmen makes them sought after by leading companies from every corner of the world. The list of installations reads like a who's who of the premier vegetable processors in every country.

FEMIA is a privately owned and wholly French company, with management in the hands of Mr Andre Plantier and his son Mr Alain Plantier. Outside France, there are three subsiduary companies, Femia Iberica SA in Spain, Femia Food Processing Equipment Inc. in the United States and PCM and Femia Ltd in England. These companies provide sales and technical backup to local customers.

Two separate but interconnected activities are the hallmark of the company nearly thirty years after its formation, on the one hand the design and construction of a wide range of equipment engineered to high standards to serve canners and freezers alike, both standard designs and specially commissioned machinery. On the other hand the design, layout and installation of complete vegetable processing lines.

PHOTO : Main Factory at Hallennes-lez Haubourdin

PHOTO : The Main Offices at Nanterre
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Title Annotation:Femia Ltd.
Publication:Food Trade Review
Date:May 1, 1990
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