Bühler hands over Rupshi Flour Mill in Bangladesh to City Group in record time

25 January 20224 min reading

The CEO of Grains & Food business segment of Bühler AG formally hands over the Rupshi Flour Mill to City Group top management in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Rupshi Flour Mill, one of the largest flour mills in the world, was installed in a record 24 months and is already in full operation.

The handover ceremony took place at City Group’s production plant on the bank of the Shitalakshya River, 30 kilometers outside of the capital, Dhaka. From the Bühler side it was attended by Johannes Wick, CEO of Grains & Food at Bühler and Stefan Bürgi, Project Execution Team Manager. From City Group it was attended by the Chairman Mr. Fazlur Rahman and his son and Director of the Group Mr. Md. Hasan, and Mr. Imran Uddin Director of Planning and Business Development. The ceremony was also attended by the Swiss Ambassador to Bangladesh H.E. Nathalie Chuard. 

Nathalie Chuard said: “The economic ties between Bangladesh and Switzerland are getting stronger and stronger. And for the first time ever, we passed CHF 1 billion, that’s about USD 1.1 billion in terms of trading goods. So that’s a very important milestone. Switzerland and Swiss companies are very strong in terms of innovations and can provide technologies that are of real value. I see that City Group are ready to invest in Swiss technologies and I think it’s for the benefit of everyone in Bangladesh.”

The small handover ceremony took place without much fanfare due to the COVID-19 situation. However, the few people present visited the Rupshi Flour Mill, including the control room where they were greeted by head millers. Following the factory tour, the managers and the Swiss Ambassador travelled to the center of the capital Dhaka, for lunch and a formal ceremony to sign the contract at City Group’s head office. 

City Group’s Director Md. Hasan said: “We are very happy to have one of the largest flour mills on our site. And we want to congratulate Bühler for being a partner on our journey, to provide affordable nutrition.”

The Rupshi Flour Mill 

The Rupshi Flour Mill is City Group’s largest flour mill, with eight milling lines producing 625 tons each. It can produce a total of 6,150 tons per day of flour under one roof. The project was executed in a record 24 months since the December 2019 signing of the contract between Bühler and City Group.

Johannes Wick, CEO of Grains & Food at Bühler, said: “This means a lot to Bühler. We are very excited about working together with City Group. We got to know Mr. Chairman Fazlur Rahman as a very visionary entrepreneur, always leading the future. And we want to be together with leaders. We are very happy that we were able to contribute to this project. It was built in record time; in two years we’ve built this mill together.”