Location Spotlight: Compainia Industrial de Productos Agropecuarios (Cipa) S.A.

Location Spotlight: Compainia Industrial de Productos Agropecuarios (Cipa) S.A.

Locations: 

  1. Headquaters in Bello Antioquia, Colombia
  2.  Plant in Cartago, Colombia
  3. Plant in Mosquera, Colombia (close to Bogota)

Years Opened: 

  • Cipa’s Headquaters in Bello Antioquia, Colombia opened in 1968
  • Cipa S.A. Cartago’s Plant opened in 1995
  • Cipa S.A. Mosquera’s Plant opened in 2016

Products/services offered by Cipa:

  • Bello Antioquia location offers animal feed for poultry, hogs, dairy cattle and horses.
  • Cartago’s Plant offers animal feed for poultry, hogs, dairy cattle, horses, pet food (cats and dogs), aquafeed (trout and tilapia) and cat litter.
  • Mosquera’s Plant offers animal feed for poultry, hogs, dairy cattle and horses.

A normal day at Cipa’s Bello Antioquia Headquarters:

This facility works three shifts (Monday to Saturday). Maintenance is made on Sundays.

The plant has four silos for corn storage (400 MT each), two silos for soybean meal storage (400 MT each), two silos for cereal byproducts (120 MT each) and a warehouse for other raw materials. Also, it has liquid tanks for molasse, palm oil and animal fat.

The plant is moving from pre-grinding to post-grinding. The plant has hammer mills, weight scales, mixer (4 MT/batch), three pellet lines (8 MT/hour each), three bagging machines and bulk, finished good bins.

This plant produces 9.000 MT/month and has a finished goods warehouse for 1.300 MT.

A normal day at Cipa’s Cartago Plant:

This facility works three shifts (Monday to Saturday), and maintenance is made on Sundays as well.

The plant has five silos for corn storage (one for 2.500 MT and four for 1000 MT each), two bulk cells for soybean meal storage (400 MT each) and a warehouse for other raw materials. Also, it has liquid tanks for molasses, palm oil, fish oil and animal fat.

This plant is also moving from pre-grinding to post-grinding. It has hammer mills, weight scales, mixer (4 MT/batch), three pellet lines (8 MT/hour each), one extruder line for pet food and aquafeed ( 4MT/hour), three bagging machines and bulk finished good bins.

This plant produces 10.000 MT/month and has a finished goods warehouse for 1.600 MT.

A normal day at Cipa’s Mosquera Plant:

Unlike the other facilities, this facility works two shifts (Monday to Saturday), then maintenance is made on Sundays.

The plant has two silos for corn storage (200 MT each), three silos for soybean meal storage (100 MT each) and a warehouse for other raw materials. Also, it has liquid tanks for molasses, palm oil and animal fat.

This plant is post-grinding. It has hammer mills, weight scales, mixer (3 MT/batch), one pellet line (8 MT/hour), bagging machines and bulk finished good bins.

This plant produces 3.000 MT/month and has a finished goods warehouse for 1.300 MT.

How many employees/collaborators work at Cipa’s Bello Antioquia Plant?

At the Bello’s Plant, located at the Corporate Office, there 80 employees from different departments, including: Accounting, Purchasing, Treasurer, TIC’s, Human Resources, Sales, Nutrition, Quality Control, Logistics, Audits and Hogs Farms. Also, there are the production maintenance and logistic workers, which are 20 people per shift.

How many employees/collaborators work at Cipa’s Cartago Plant?

At Cartago’s Plant there is a small office administration group that has eight employees in different departments, including: Treasurer, Human Resources, Sales, Quality Control, Logistics and Audits. Also, there are the production, maintenance and logistic works, which are 30 per shift.

How many employees/collaborators work at Cipa’s Mosquera Plant?

Mosquera’s Plant has a small office administration group with eight employees in different departments, including: Treasurer, Human Resources, Sales, Quality Control and Logistics. Also, there are the production, maintenance and logistic workers, where are eight people per shift.

What are the typical daily challenges Cipa faces?

The challenges among Cipa’s plants include:

  • The location of the Cartago Plant is the most competitive in the country with the prescence of all the big competitors and customers.
  • With the Mosquera Plant being relatively new, the competitors attack has been a big challenge for us to conquer new customers and develop new markets.

What is the latest project or improvement Cipa went through?

  • At the Bello Plant, the last improvement it had was the increase of production capacity at the plant by changing the hammer mill and the mixer. The project gave an increase of capacity by 20%.
  • At the Cartago Plant, the last improvement was the increase of production capacity by changing the hammer mill and the mixer as well giving it a 20% increase of capacity. Also, a new extruder was incorporated adding 50% more production capacity and improved the quality of the product.
  • At the Mosquera Plant, the last project was to increase the production capacity of the plant by changing the mixer and adding a second pelletizer with an increase of capacity by 40%.

Are there any new projects developing in Cipa soon, if so can you provide details about them?

  • The next step for the Bello Plant is to build a new facility near the consumption area, because the Bello’s land is too small to increase the truck’s flow with more sales. Also, there is not space to grow the raw materials storage capacity.
  • As for the Cartago and Mosquera Plants, the next step is to increase the raw materials storage capacity by building silos for corn and other cereal products.

What makes Cipa unique or different to others? 

  • The Bello and Mosquera Plants have been working to reduce the truck loading times to be faster than other companies located in the same area. Also, we are working to have the best quality of product with excellent results in customer operations.
  • Like the Bello and Mosquera Plant, the Cartago Plant is working to reduce truck loading times and have excellent quality. This location is very important and so is having the reputation of having excellent results in hogs.

 

What was the last social event, gathering, or celebration you had at Cipa? 

  • At the Bello Plant, we  recently celebrated 50 years of foundation last March. 
  • Additionally, at the end of the year all the locations in the company have a Christmas celebration with all the employees with food, music and team group activities.

How’s life in these locations? Weather, economy, infrastructure, traffic, government, society, etc.? 

Bello Antioquia, Colombia: Bello’s plant is located near to Medellin, which is the second city in Colombia. We have two seasons of rains and two dry seasons, but the variation of temperature between seasons is not dramatic.  The average temperature of the city is between 15 to 25 centigrade in raining season, and  20 to 30 centigrade in summer. To move from the plant to the Medellin downtown takes 30 minutes by car. As for our main customers, the plant is and way out to their farms way. Then, the Cartagena and Barranquilla’s port takes 15 to 20 hours for trucks to receive the imported raw materials.

Cartago, Colombia: Cartago’s plant is located near to Pereira, which is the main cities in Colombia. The weather is very nice with two raining seasons and two summer seasons with an warmer temperatures than Medellin. The move from the plant to Cartago downtown is less than 10 minutes and Pereira downtown takes 40 minutes by car. For our main customers, the plant is near and out to their farms way. The Buenaventura’s port takes six hours for trucks to receive the imported raw materials.

Mosquera, Colombia: Mosquera’s plant is located near Bogota, which is the main city in Colombia. The weather is  most of the time is cold between 8 to 20 centigrade.  To move from the plant to Mosquera downtown is less than 10 minutes, and Bogota downtown takes 60 minutes by car. For our main customers, the plant is near and out to their farms way. Buenaventura’s port takes 20 hours for trucks to receive the imported raw materials

What is special about Cipa’s locations? Touristic spots or interesting things to see and do, etc. 

Bello Antioquia, Colombia: In August, Medellin celebrates the Flowers Fair, which is when for one week people enjoy  music and other activities. Colombia is well-known for the quality of its’ orchids and other flowers.  The mountains and beautiful landscapes are very attractive in the area. Also, Fernando Botero was born in Medellin and there is a very nice museum with a lot of pieces of his job and his sculptures

Cartago, Colombia: Cartago’s plant is located near the coffee region, with thematic parks and touristic farms and hotels to enjoy the area.  This area and Antioquia produce the best quality coffee of the world.

Mosquera, Colombia: Mosquera’s plant is located near the Bogota city, with thematic parks, touristic places and hotels to enjoy the area and beautiful landscapes.