The revamped blending unit in Porto Alegre, Brazil began operations on April 24th. Now the most modern facility in the country, it boosts capacity from 450,000 to 700,000 tons per year.
Porto Alegre, the home of Yara Brazil, is situated in the south of the country, ideally located in the midst of the agricultural heartland. Yara has substantially increased its presence in Brazil, with the acquisition of Bunge’s fertilizer division last year. With larger market presence follows the need to expand production and blending capacity. By upgrading existing facilities, Yara is able to increase its services to farmers across the country.
"The investment enabled the positioning of the Porto Alegre's blending unit as a reference in operational excellence, product quality and safety, complying with Yara's global policy to maintain its position of market shaper," says Lair Hanzen, Yara Brazil Business Unit Manager.
The BRL 55 million investment confirms Yara's commitment to Brazilian agriculture. The new facilities are characterized by innovation and technology, applied in construction, equipment and processes.
"The new manufacturing and logistics processes elevate the unit to advanced world standards in the segment and will allow us to offer a better quality final product to farmers. Moreover, they provide better working conditions for staff and meet the logistical arrangements in the region," Lair Hanzen adds.
Located on the banks of River Gravataí, the unit has a waterway trans-shipment terminal for handling dry bulk via gaucho waterways, which facilitates the logistics of incoming raw materials and distribution of finished products.
The cutting-edge facilities ensure the agility needed for customer services, reduce the risk of contamination and increase final product quality. Imported European machinery provides the most modern technology, guaranteeing a higher level of automation in loading, bagging, assembly of pallets and cargo transport to trucks.
A powerful sieving method maintains the original quality of the raw materials. New devices extend the capacity of storage containers, keeping the plant cleaner, ensuring moisture control and avoiding contamination of raw materials. The mixing phase is automated to facilitate and speed up bagging, which can be performed in vertical and horizontal models.
"The blending unit's new facilities allow us to expand the supply of high performance differentiated products and support Yara's main plan in Brazil - to contribute towards the development of national agriculture, bringing solutions to increase farmer productivity and preserve the environment," Hanzen says.
In addition to the headquarter in Porto Alegre, Yara Brazil has an office in São Paulo, three plants, 32 blending units and a distribution center.