EPCM services for multinational bakery company in Thailand

A multinational bakery company wanted to expand its world-wide production facilities with a new site in Thailand. Working with Royal HaskoningDHV’s local and global teams, the plans were optimised for the local requirements and environmental conditions.
EPCM, process engineering & supply chain expertise drawn upon for the localisation of requirements and environmental conditions of proven masterplan

Project facts

  • Client
    Multinational bakery company
  • Location
  • Date
  • Challenge
    Proven European masterplan needed to be adapted to local conditions
  • Solution
    EPCM & as the project progressed, our client also drew on our process engineering and supply chain expertise.

The challenge

The multinational food manufacturer sells products worldwide from production sites in Europe and North America. It had secured a location in Thailand for its first facility in Asia. This allows the company to respond more quickly and efficiently to customers across the region while reducing its transport costs and environmental footprint.

Royal HaskoningDHV was contracted to undertake EPCM (engineering, procurement, and construction management) services for the new facility. As the project progressed, our client also drew on our process engineering and supply chain expertise.
Thiemo Brans

The project framework and requirements followed those of the existing high performing production sites. However, differences in climate and local regulations needed to be reflected in the local design.

Thiemo Brans Project Director at Royal HaskoningDHV
“For example, humidity in Thailand is much higher than at the existing factories. This required a total redesign of the air control systems to ensure the quality of the baked products, while maintaining benchmark operational efficiency.”

In contrast to existing sites, there was no need for the roof structure to withstand heavy snow load. Instead, adaptation was required for heavy rainfall. All floors were raised above ground to avoid flood risk. A small lagoon was included on the site to collect rain runoff. This was made into an attractive feature and a running track added around the perimeter. The water can also be used in the event of fire. Solar panels on the roof help to reduce the carbon footprint, which fully aligns with our client's sustainability goals and our mission of enhancing society together.

Flexibility built in to accommodate process changes and future growth

Flexibility was incorporated into the building’s foundation so the internal layout of the process machinery could be adjusted as needed. Phase one of the project extends across half the site and production area can be easily scaled up in future phases.

The process design was also based on existing operations, while incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technology. To boost the capacity of its own process engineering team, our client drew on the support of our experts who worked in partnership on design, specification and procurement. This enabled our client to source much of the equipment locally. It is a better option as it ensures specialists are on hand to assist with installation and future maintenance. It also minimises import duties and supports the development and growth of local industry.

The result

Supply chain expertise enables smooth transition to new distribution regime

As the site goes into production, distribution across Asia will increasingly be made from Thailand. The most efficient way to manage the transition was provided by our supply chain experts. The new site will reduce transport emissions by shortening delivery chains.
Steven Tsirakos - Business Development Multinationals


Business Development Multinationals