The expansion of a factory in West Africa for a global dairy goods manufacturer has been designed in a modular way so it can grow in line with future demand.

Flexible factory design suits changing markets

What’s special about this solution is that it enables our client to manage risk more cheaply and effectively. In the past, new factories in emerging markets were typically built bigger than necessary to accommodate market expansion.

For this project, we designed the hygienic and conditioned food plant to be opened up gradually in line with market demand. Next to cold storage and production facilities, also utilities, including power generation, water and raw material intake can be expanded in a modular way. Furthermore, the expansion will not disrupt existing production.

"It’s easy to see why modular design is popular," said Patrick Ramakers, Business Development and Associate Director, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Projects. "Emerging markets can be volatile, so the ability to expand as necessary is much more cost-effective than operating a half-empty facility while waiting for growth. We see an increasing demand for modular and skid-mounted solutions."