Insta-Pro, Alfa Laval streamline oil refining technology services

By Bryan Sims | March 01, 2012

Urbandale, Iowa-based Insta-Pro International and Swedish global heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling company Alfa Laval have formed a partnership agreement where Insta-Pro will distribute Alfa Laval decanters and represent Alfa Laval’s process engineering packages for the vegetable oil refining industry. Concurrently, Alfa Laval will generate activities for Insta-Pro’s oilseed crushing systems.

Insta-Pro has experienced exponential growth over the past couple of years, expanding its international footprint with extended sales representation throughout the world, according to President and CEO Kevin Kacere. During that time interacting with customers, Kacere said he noticed that a gross majority of them sought the company to develop a complete solution for its customers. The alliance with Alfa Laval “seemed to be a quality fit,” Kacere told Biodiesel Magazine.

Insta-Pro manufactures and resells extrusion and oilseed processing technologies worldwide. With a presence in more than 100 countries, Insta-Pro’s chemical-free, ecofriendly technologies provide safe, efficient and effective solutions for the food and feed industries. Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. As an innovative partner to industries that handle all types of vegetable fats and oils, Alfa Laval offers its standard-setting PX range of high speed separators, market-leading range of decanters and heat transfer technology, including condensers and evaporators. In addition, the company offers complete oil processing solutions, including its SoftColumn continuous deodorizer and its new SoftFlex semicontinuous deodorizer.

By combining Alfa Laval’s established global presence offering oil refining process technology and Insta-Pro’s recognized expertise in crushing and extrusion systems, Kacere said the partnership will now enable customers with process technology needs to leverage both companies’ access to equipment and technical guidance in a more streamlined fashion.

“When you’re crushing then pressing oilseeds, the next step is what to do with the oil and how to market it,” Kacere said. “We wanted to find a truly international global player comparable to us to partner with to be that technology partner on that side of the equation. We also found that we have a lot of commonality of our strategic approaches, our history and our approach to business.”

Kacere said his company is open to whatever direction its customers see fit depending on what they choose to do with their oil, whether they produce edible oils or unrefined oils that could be used as feedstock for biodiesel production. Irrespective of the end use, Kacere said, the customer can have confidence that the companies will offer a streamlined, complete solution for both of their customer bases.

“If a market or a particular customer wants to go in one direction like biodiesel [production] we have a solution,” Kacere said. “If they want to go more towards refining the oil for food applications, they have a solution for that too.”

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