Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, today paid a visit to Bühler-Sortex in Beckton, the world’s number 1 manufacturer of rice sorting equipment, which enjoyed remarkable worldwide success last year. Mr Timms officiated at the official opening of the factory in 2008.  During this visit, he met the recently appointed Managing Director, Hamid Kefayati, and was given a tour of the premises.

Sortex is an East London firm established in the 1940s, initially to automate the sorting of seeds.  The business now specialises in providing sorting solutions to the global food and non-processing industries and employs some 250 staff at Beckton. It has maintained its technology leadership in optical sorting against fierce international competition. It is now a subsidiary of the Swiss multinational Bühler.

Bühler-Sortex has seen significant growth and success with the company raising its turnover from £10 million in 1994 to £90 million last year, and almost doubling the workforce. Bühler-Sortex relocated to Atlantis Avenue, Beckton, from Stratford in 2007 to accommodate development of the Olympic Park.  

Speaking afterwards Mr Timms said:  “I am delighted to return to Bühler-Sortex.  I am a longstanding admirer of Sortex.  I vividly remember visiting the old factory in Stratford after it opened in the mid 1980s, and being impressed by the efficient removal of individual burned flakes from a batch of cornflakes on a conveyor.  Watching the newest machines – the world market leaders – remove discoloured rice grains from a large quantity passing at speed is breathtaking.”

AuthorStephen Timms