Satake Europe Ltd

With an operating area spanning the North of Europe to the South of Africa, Satake Europe Ltd are able to offer support for all their comprehensive range of equipments. Agents in strategic markets offer further local enhanced support to parts of Europe , Africa and the Middle East. Specialists in : Engineering processes for cereal grains and related powdered and granular materials. Design, supply, installation and commissioning of equipment and complete plant Customer Service supply of parts, consumables, new and refurbished rolls and contract maintenance. Colour Sorting of granular materials.

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PO Box 53, Horsfield Way, Bredbury Industrial Park, Bredbury , Stockport , SK6 2FG United Kingdom

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UK Division Facilities

The Satake Corporation has invested heavily in new facilities at Bredbury. These include large office areas, meeting rooms, conference rooms, a showroom, as well as a warehouse, machine shop and a despatch area. The site also houses ESM (UK) Ltd, the Satake Corporation's colour sorting subsidiary.

A 27.000 sqft (2,500 m2) building including offices, conference and meeting rooms, a demonstration area, a parts warehouse and a workshop for the production of new and refurbished rolls


In 1998 in Bredbury, having transferred the business from its former site in Cheadle Heath, Stockport

Prior to 1878 all milling of cereals was accomplished on millstones but, in that year, Henry Simon introduced the first roller milling plant to his process design. Henry Simon, an accomplished engineer and mechanical genius, had become aware from an early age that the old processes of milling flour by the use of millstones had many disadvantages and that the roller milling system offered many possibilities. In 1878 he founded his business and built the first such plant in England based on the 'Gradual Reduction' milling system, in Manchester.

In 1881, Henry Simon built the first completely automatic roller flour mill in the world for McDougall Brothers, a predecessor of Rank Hovis. The benefits to be gained by this new process gained rapid acclaim within the industry and by 1892 Henry Simon had over 400 mills in operation using the 'Simon' system in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, India, South America, Australia and Japan. Within the space of two decades he had revolutionised the milling of wheat by his system.

Thomas Robinson & Son was established in Rochdale, Lancashire, in 1838 as timber merchants, joiners and carpenters. It was not until 1882 that they appreciated that flour milling machinery was an ideal opportunity for further expansion of their company. With existing pattern shops, foundries, fully equipped fitting and erection shops they had considerable advantages. In 1884 Thomas Robinson & Sons announced that they could equip a complete flour mill with their own make of machinery.

Henry Simon Ltd became a private limited company in 1897 and Thomas Robinson & Son in 1880. During the early years Henry Simon had his machinery manufactured to his designs in Europe. He opened his first factory in 1902 at Stalybridge in Cheshire. This was followed in 1915 by the acquisition of the milling engineering business and factory of Briddon and Fowler in Bredbury Cheshire. These factories, and the office in Mount Street, Manchester were brought together on one site in 1926 when the new offices and factory were built at Cheadle Heath Stockport. 

Sample page from Henry Simon Sectional Catalogue c1920

Rollermill price list from 1914

Both Henry Simon Ltd and Thomas Robinson & Son Ltd expanded indefinitely for over a century, dedicating a high percentage of their production to the export of cereal milling machinery. Consequently their plant and equipment can be found in most countries. These two well established cereal milling engineers merged together in October 1988 to become Robinson Milling Systems Ltd. The business was acquired by the Satake Corporation in 1991 to form Satake Robinson UK Ltd, later Satake UK Ltd.

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

Satake Europe Limited was formed on 1st March 2010. This brought the european operations in line with other Satake operations worldwide.

The historical roots of Anglo Japanese cereal technology transfer and co-operation however go back much further, Riichi Satake, founder of the group in 1896, was cogniscent 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.