Wilmar International Limited, founded in 1991 and headquartered in Singapore, is one of the world’s leading agribusiness groups and is ranked among the largest listed companies by market capitalization on the Singapore Exchange.
The company’s business activities include oil palm cultivation, oilseed crushing, edible oil refining, sugar milling and refining, specialty fat, oleo chemical, biodiesel and fertilizer manufacturing and grain processing.
It has over 500 manufacturing plants and an extensive distribution network and is backed by a multinational workforce of more than 90,000 people.
Wilmar’s oleo chemicals manufacturing operations has production facilities in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Netherlands, France and Belgium.
With new facilities operating successfully in China and Indonesia, Wilmar recently introduced a new plant in The Netherlands – based on the successful format deployed in Asia – but it hit an issue when it was unable to use the primary compressor at full load on plant start-up due to limited power supply available.
After reviewing various options without success, Wilmar turned to Rockwell Automation and its industry leading PowerFlex® 7000 Active Front End Direct-to-Drive™ drive.
According to Arief Santosa, Technical Engineer at the Rotterdam plant: “At the plant we use methyl ester from palm oil to create fatty alcohols for subsequent use in the food and chemicals industry.
This intermediate chemical is then sold to other parties for additional processing – such as ethoxylation – where the resulting products are eventually used in cleaning gels as a surfactant and for cosmetics.