Newland Engineering Ltd have recently completed an order for two of their mobile belt conveyors to the United Nations World Food Programme [WFP]
The two mobile conveyors will be delivered to the new logistics hub in Djibouti East Africa. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with the Government of Djibouti has officially opened a new humanitarian logistics base that will support assistance operations across the Horn of Africa by improving storage and transport of relief goods. WFP started construction of the hub in 2013.
The new hub will allow WFP and the wider humanitarian community to despatch humanitarian assistance more quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively in the region
The two Newland mobile belt conveyors supplied, models WTC33 & WTC38 are unique in that they are designed with twin height adjustable booms which can raise & lower +/- 30deg from horizontal. This feature together with motorised telescopic belt action enables the conveyors to not only load/unload vehicles such as 40ft containers but to also stack & de-stack 50kg bags [sugar, rice, bran, flour] up to 7.8m in height. The mobile chassis is equipped with double rubber tyred wheels on both axles. Eight wheels in total. The tyres are puncture proof solid rubber with cushion effect. The axles have 180 deg movement which allows the conveyor to move left / right – a necessary feature when stacking & de-stacking bags.
Michael Kyrycz Newland Export Sales Manager comments ‘’ We have been exporting worldwide since the late 1970’s. We have supplied many machines over the years to various countries in Africa & have a very good understanding of our customer’s requirements. This knowledge built up over many years has helped Newland Engineering to design & develop conveyors to work in very harsh environments & heavy duty operations. Machines we manufacture need to be extremely reliable & maintenance friendly to operate in the conditions found in Africa & The Middle East. After sales is key to our customer relationship. We have machines in operation that are over 40 years old & Newland can still provide spares backup for these machines.
We can provide a very good spares package for the customer to keep on site. If the customer does not have the part we can despatch same day or following day to anywhere in the world. This gives a very good comfort factor to the customer knowing that they can telephone or e-mail for spares or assistance in the knowledge that we will respond quickly. We are very proud to be a 100% British manufacturer with over 50 years of engineering excellence. ’’
The world Food programme facility is opening at a critical time, when Djibouti is playing a key role in responses to several major crises in the region, including the conflicts in South Sudan and Yemen and the drought in Ethiopia worsened by El Nino. About one quarter of the people that WFP assists worldwide live in countries supported by the Djibouti hub. In 2015, WFP moved about 500,000 metric tons of food through the Djibouti port. The port is the main gateway for food entering Ethiopia, and is also an important trans-shipment point for WFP emergency operations in South Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. Through its custom bonded container yard, the hub will provide immediate savings on the handling of more than 4,000 containers that WFP moves through the port each year. The 25,000 metric ton storage facility will also enhance the efficiency of bagged cargo handling. The Government of Djibouti provided WFP with 50,000 square metres of land for the construction. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.