Introduction

 

DALBY PROCESS MACHINERY CC

Dalby Process Machinery CC is by registration and demand involved with the procurement and project management of locally manufactured process machinery and the marketing thereof both locally and overseas.

The Company was registered in January 2000 after its Founding Member, John Dalby, took early retirement from Albany Bakeries, a member of the Tiger Brands group, where he had held the executive post of National Engineering Manager.

After 25 years service with the Company and having a working lifetime committed to the mass production plant baking industry, it was a joining of powerful complementary forces when John Dalby accepted Klaus Wohlfarth’s offer to handle all the sales and marketing of K.W. Bread Packaging Systems.

John had commenced his engineering training in England with the Spooner Food Machinery Engineering Co. Ltd., manufacturers of high throughput mass production bread and confectionery lines. After ten years with the Company he moved to Kenya to take up the post of Chief Engineer at Elliot’s Bakeries, a member of the Unga Ltd. Group, based in Nairobi.

In 1975 he moved to South Africa joining what is now the Albany Bakery group.

The Company is registered as an exporter with the Department Of Trade and Industry.

Project management has been a way of life during John’s career at Albany Bakeries. Albany Bakery, Germiston, one of the biggest of most highly automated bakeries in the southern hemisphere was project managed by him, commencing with the sourcing and negotiating of the land, through construction, machinery purchasing and final commissioning. Virtually every bakery built by Albany Bakeries has been project managed by him or a member of his direct staff.

Dalby Process Machinery CC is proud to be associated with K.W. Bread Packaging Systems and feels privileged to handle it’s sales and marketing in South Africa and internationally.

K.W. Bread Packaging Systems is the only South African manufacturer of high-speed slicing machines, bagging machines and bag closure systems.

The Company’s founder and sole proprietor, Klaus Wohlfarth is a German born, educated and trained engineer who followed in his brother and sisters’ footsteps in immigrating to South Africa

His engineering background is from the high-precision printing industry and it is from this experience he has critically examined existing machines on the market and convinced himself and the baking industry that designing more precision packaging machinery is the desired route if extended machine life and reduced maintenance is to be obtained.

When, in 1995 K.W. Bread Packaging Systems offered their services to the baking industry it was on the maintenance, repair and overhauling of all makes of bread slicing and packaging equipment. The shortfalls of all makes of competitor equipment became evident to Klaus, as did the heavily priced imported spares.

Manufacturing such spares withing South Africa was an obvious progression and before too long the demand for such spares was so great as to have established the company on a sound footing. The work carried out for Albany Bakeries was highly regarded; to such an extent that they approached the company to ask whether they were capable of manufacturing complete machines. The challenge was easy for a person with the engineering skills of Klaus Wohlfarth although the new learning circle has been the cause of many long hours and weekend work to upgrade designs and attempt to maintain manufacturing deadlines.

As more and more machines prove themselves in bakeries around South Africa and word spreads as to the effectiveness of such machines, the opposition imports are feeling the pressure of what is hoped to be a total onslaught against the imported options.

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