In the Normandy town of Grand-Quevilly, south-west of the medieval city of Rouen, France, the streets are filled with the aroma of chocolate. It is here that since 2003 Cargill Cacao et Chocolat France, part of US-based Cargill Inc., has been producing industrial cocoa and chocolate products, including cocoa paste, butter and powder, to serve the more sweet-toothed among us, covering the entire production process from bean to bar.
The Cargill site specializes in premium organic, fine-flavoured, sustainable cocoa products. As demand has increased, Cargill has been seeking ways to increase the production capacity of its various workshops, identifying certain opportunities for improvement in terms of the bearings and lubrication in certain machines. After carrying out vibratory, thermographic and ultrasound analysis and carefully examining the oils being used, the company identified a suite of opportunities that would make operations run even more smoothly. Then Cargill called in SKF.
“We have a long-standing relationship with SKF,” says Didier Parard, site director, Cargill Grand-Quevilly. “They have been a supplier for many years, so it was logical to turn to them to see where we could further optimize our operations. Our partnership with SKF was part of a wider strategy to optimize our site and improve our production capacity. SKF provides a level of service that is similar to what we offer our own clients.”