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Papua New Guinea Milling Assessment

Approximately 150,000 tonnes of flour are sold each year in the PNG flour market. The market structure consists of:

  • Two companies who mill and distribute flour products ;
  • A small number of companies who import flour, packaged flour and premixes, including products for commercial consumers; and
  • Wholesalers and retailers who supply flour products to both commercial and household consumers.

The 2 flour manufactures in PNG import raw wheat. They, then, mill, pack and distribute flour products in the markets. In addition to the two manufacturers there are a number of importers in PNG, normally wholesalers that import flour products and premixes for distribution around the country.

The two flour millers in PNG are:

  • Associated Mill Limited (AML) - a subsidiary of Goodman Fielder PNG
  • Niugini Tablebirds Ltd (NGTB) - a subsidiary of Mainland Holding Limited.

Both flour manufacturers have their products distributed nationally. AML has mills in Port Moresby and Lae. NGTB has a mill in Lae. Customers of the mills purchase their flour at the factory gate price and then arrange for transport to their main distribution points, thereby incurring further on-costs such as additional sea and/or road freight charges. Under the 2005 price monitoring arrangements, these transport costs were monitored by the Commission. The freight on-costs from the main distribution points to more remote areas were not monitored by the Commission.

Further generic information on the milling sector of PNG can be found in the following document:

Papua New Guinea Milling Assessment Additional Information

Milling Company Associated Mills Limited

AML is a subsidiary of Goodman Fielder PNG which owns 74% of AML’s shares. The remaining shares are held by Melanesian Trustee Services Limited on behalf of the Pacific Balanced Fund. AML operates 2 mills, one in Lae and another in Port Moresby. AML distribute flour products nationally under the brand names “Flame” and “Mothers Choice.” Their products come in pack sizes ranging from 1kg to 50kg and are mainly sold for household use and commercial use such as biscuit companies, food processors and bakeries. AML provides employment to a total of more than 520 Papua New Guineans both in Lae and Port Moresby.

Company Name & Address

Contact Names & Email

Telephone & Fax

Associated Mills Limited

P.O. Box 486, Port Moresby

P.O. Box 1906, Lae

Name:

Title:

Email:

Web:

Tel PM: +675 321 4055

Tel Lae: +675 472 3555

Fax PM: +675 321 2732

Fax Lae: +675 472 3424

Summary of Role and Services:

Primary SIC: Flour and Other Grain Mill Products, Primary NAICS: Flour Milling

Description: Manufacturing: Flour milling

Milling Company Niugini Tablebirds

NGTB is wholly owned by Mainland Holdings Limited. The company established a flourmill in Lae in 2000 and produces flour products under the “3 Roses” brand for national distribution. In addition to flour production NGTB operates other business such as chicken farming and processing and the production of animal food products such as stock feed and chicken pellets. NGTB’s whole operation is estimated to employ 1,000 Papua New Guineans.

Like AML, NGTB mills and sells flour in pack sizes ranging from 1kg to 50 kg bags for the household and commercial markets however NGTB’s main market is commercial users who buy larger pack sizes. Only Niugini Tablebirds mill was assessed. Beyond the flour mill, Mainland Holding has a comprehensive range of products and services:

  • Chicken production
  • Stock feed for animals
  • Fresh table eggs production
  • Crocodile Farm
  • NG Coffee, Tea and Spices company

Niugini Tablebirds are also involved with the following:

  • Abco truck transport company
  • Fuel Electrical Power plant
  • Properties Management
  • TPL : Bag production company

Company Name & Address

Contact Names & Email

Telephone & Fax

Niugini Tablebirds

Mainland Holdings Limited, 7 Mile Okuk Highway, P.O. Box 962, Lae – Morobe Province

Name: Jacques Holl

Title: Operations Manager - Milling

Email: millingopsmngr@tablebirds.com.pg

Web: n/a

Tel: +675 7291 1000

Fax: n/a

Summary of Role and Services:

see above

Facilities

Parking area inside compound

n/a

Drainage

(Good / Fair / Poor / Non Existent)

Good

Fire Fighting Equipment (Yes / No)

n/a

Number of Ventilators

n/a

Screened

Electricity Load (KVA)

Current Genset production of 3.400 KVA. Building a Diesel power plant (operational end of 2011)

Backup Generator 

(Yes / No / KVA)

Yes

KVA

Milling Equipment

Origin of Machinery

Year of Mfg

Year of Installation

Condition

OCRAM - Italy

n/a

2003

Good and operational

Pacliani - Italy

n/a

2003

Good and operational

Maintenance

Duration (hours / week)

Every friday afternoon

Type of maintenance

n/a

Other Equipment or Machinery Installed

Type of Equipment

Yes/No

Number

Owned

Comments

Fortification Feeder

Yes

n/a

n/a

Used to add micronutrient

Bag Cleaning Plant

No

n/a

n/a

All bags used are newly produced by TPL

Moisture Tester

Yes

n/a

n/a

n/a

De-stoning Plant

Yes

n/a

n/a

n/a

Metal Extractor

Yes

n/a

n/a

n/a

Staffing

Number of full time skilled workers

see below

Number of full time labourers

see below

59 people employed in the mill, additional in the transport and bagging companies, + marketing and sales department. Total for Mainland Holding +/- 1,000 people.

Weighbridge

Number 

n/a

Capacity (mt)

Length (m)

Type

Within Compound

20 ton flour + truck

n/a

n/a

Within Compound

n/a

n/a

n/a

Building

 

Length (m)

Width (m)

Height (m)

Building – Wheat Mill

67

17.3

5 floors

Building – Maize Mill

n/a

n/a

n/a

Walls

n/a

Roof

n/a

Floor

n/a

Conditions & Cleanliness

  

Outside

Inside

Cracks in walls or roof (Yes / No)

No

No

Signs of rodent activity (Yes / No)

NoNo

Signs of birds entry (Yes / No)

NoNo

Damaged gutters/drains(Yes / No)

NoNo

Signs of moisture (Yes / No)

No

No

Adjacent Vegetation(Yes / No)

No

No

Cleanliness (Good / Poort)

Good

Good

Pest Control

Fumigation

Done - Every 1 week, internal

Frequency

All containers, mill facilities and warehouses are fumigated weekly; containers with tablets, other equipments washed and srprayed on a weekly basis

A comprehensive fumigation is ensured every 3 months by an external company

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a

Spraying 

Done - Every 1 week, contract + internal monitoring

FrequencyAll containers, mill facilities and warehouses are fumigated weekly; containers with tablets, other equipments washed and srprayed on a weekly basis

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a

Rodenticides 

Done, existing rodent program, internally managed

Frequencyn/a

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a

Rodent Trapping

n/a

Frequencyn/a

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a

Security 

Security

(Good / Poor)

Good

Compound

(Fenced / Not Fenced)

Fenced
Other Commentsn/a

Access

Distance from main town (km)

10 km, warehouse in town

Travel time if not located in town (hours)

n/a

Road condition to Mill

Good

Road limitation (if any)

Maximum Width and Max. Tonnage

n/a

Rail connections

(Yes / No)

No

On the railway from

-

to

-

  •  Other Comments

Milling Capacity (Mt)

Commodities

Daily Capacity (mt)

Monthly Activity (mt)

Wheat

150 mt

Max Weekly capacity of 1,300 mt of flour

Maize

 

 

Storage Capacity

Storage in Metric Tonnes

Wheat – Covered (mt)

Flour – Covered (mt)

Within the Compound

10,000 mt = 700 containers

408 mt in bulk, silos

Outside the Compound

 

10,000 mt WH for bagging of flour

Capacity to Blend

Yes, have a blending section at the mill

Loading & Discharge Rates

 Discharge capacity of 100 mt / hour

Transport Capacity at Mill

  • Use their own land transport company – ABCo to Lae port wharves for shipping, to Highlands by road
  • Contract with Steamships - Swire