AHRENSBURG, GERMANY, and SUZHOU, CHINA — Muhlenchemie GmbH & Co. KG has opened a production plant and baking laboratory in Suzhou. The facilities there are designed to meet a demand in China for standardization.

“The Chinese are the world’s biggest producers and consumers of wheat,” Muhlenchemie said. “In this huge country there are hundreds of genetically different wheat varieties. This diversity results in extreme fluctuations in the baking properties of flour. So there is a growing demand for standardization in the production process in order to achieve uniform quality in the end products.

“Muhlenchemie has now established a production and research facility of its own in Suzhou in eastern China, 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Shanghai, in order to meet the needs of Chinese millers faster and with more individual products.”

In cooperation with Matcom IBC, based in the United Kingdom, Muhlenchemie has designed a container blending plant that permits the flexible production of batches in volumes between 10 kilograms (22 lbs) and 500 kilograms (1,100 lbs). In a second stage of expansion, the plant also will manufacture vitamins and minerals for the Chinese food industry.