NEW ZEALAND – The first 37 containers filled with 940 metric tonnes of high quality whole milk powder have left Fonterraâ€™s new manufacturing site at Darfield, headed for a customer in China.
Canterbury operations manager Richard Gray says the site has progressed from bare paddock to producing high-quality milk powder in just over 18 months.
â€œOur first milk powder is off to China for use in dairy beverages. Itâ€™s a proud moment for the whole team,â€ says Mr Gray.
â€œTo date weâ€™ve produced over 6000 metric tonnes, and our quality tests have come back 100 per cent first time.
â€œThe first month of operation is all about testing the plant under a range of operating conditions and ensuring a smooth transition between our contractors and the operations team. Weâ€™re happy with the progress,â€ he says.
â€œAt peak, our milk tankers deliver 2.2 million litres of milk to Darfield Drier 1 every day. This is turned into whole milk powder at a rate of 15MT per hour.
â€œOnce the milk is processed into powder, it is packed into 25-kilogram bags, placed on pallets by a robot arm and then in containers and onto Lyttleton port.â€
From the outset, the Darfield team has maintained an exceptional standard of health and safety and product quality, says Mr Gray.
â€œAbout 1500 people have been involved in construction. By working together with a proactive approach to health and safety, weâ€™ve achieved a big step up on our safety performance,â€ he says.
The siteâ€™s operation team continues to work with key contractors to ensure all design requirements are met as the season heads towards its peak in October.
Source: The Dairy Site