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Robinson Milling Systems

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1988 Henry Simon and Thomas Robinson and Son, two well established cereal milling engineers, merged in October to become Robinson Milling Systems

1991 The business was acquired by the Satake Corporation, to form Satake Robinson UK Ltd, later Satake UK Ltd.

The historical roots of Anglo-Japanese cereal technology, transfer and co-operation go back much further; Riichi Satake, founder of the group in 1896, was cognisant of many of the early oat process designs in equipment developed by Douglas and Grant in Scotland. Henry Simon introduced his roller milling system to the Japanese market in 1898 when he built a plant in Nagasaki, his first in Asia.

1998 The UK Division was formed and the business was moved, together with ESM (UK), to newly acquired premises in Bredbury. The move, coincidentally, brought the UK company back to where it manufactured flour milling machinery 85 years previously.

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