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By TPCI | October 16, 2019

As a leading technology provider and turnkey plant & machinery supplier, Muez-Hest is a pioneering game changer to unlock the frontiers of technologies today. Working on the principles of sustainable development, they believe that it is possible for the world to have a future based on sustainable solutions, one where everyone can enjoy abundance, without harming the environment. 

The somewhat extraordinary name is an acronym for - Mutual Trust, Unity, Equality, Zeal, Honesty, Efficiency, Services & Teamwork. Muez-Hest, with its cutting-edge innovations is striving towards continuous development of innovative process technologies for the Oils & Fats and Oleochemical industries. Known to be the first to introduce rice-bran oil processing technologies in India, Muez-Hest has built a name for itself in a span of over 24 years and is building a strong presence in the export market.

Co-founder & MD Mr Javed Husain is currently at the helm as MD of Muez-Hest with his incredible experience in the industry. Being a qualified Chemical Engineer and experienced technocrat, with over 30 years of rich experience today, Mr. Husain is regarded & respected as a walking encyclopedia in the Edible Oil industry. He is also a Board Member (Technical) of International Sunflower Oil Association (ISOA), based in Rome, Italy, besides, life member of Oil Technologists Association of India, member of the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS), USA, Member of the International Society of Fats (ISF), UK and member of the Solvent Extractors Association of India (SEA), India, besides, several other organizations like FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHDCC, CII etc.

IndusFood had an exclusive interaction with this well poised entrepreneur who gave an inspiring insight on how his company has remained ahead of the curve as a turnkey solution provider with an unflinching commitment to innovation. Moreover, he asserts that Muez Hest stands by this core philosophy, irrespective of the current economic cycle in the global market.

Indusfood-Tech: Tell us about the company’s formation and growth story? How have you evolved as a business in India and abroad?
Mr Javed Husain: Muez-Hest was formed in 1995 by me as a Co-founder and Managing Director. Since our inception, we have taken-up a lot of projects which, nevertheless, was done in tough times. But we made it possible with our consistency and perseverance. Some of them are the live examples of complex works of our engineering capabilities! These projects map out the frontiers of technologies, while still respecting global imperatives by being energy efficient, environment friendly and yet being cost effective. Today, when the world needs abundant, affordable & acceptable edible oils, the ingenuity of our engineers in enhancing the productivity, thus making it possible, is a feat in itself.

Innovations and collaborations have been so important to Muez-Hest that we are reaching out to creative people – no matter who they might be, no matter where they might be, across the globe. It is because of these initiatives that Muez-Hest has been able to successfully secure and execute projects in over 18 countries, including US, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Peru, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, UAE, Spain, Nigeria, Argentina, Egypt, Thailand to name a few.

In its glorious, eventful 24+ years, Muez-Hest has grown with a team that unites skilled engineers, reliable & dependable associates, prudent designers & insightful researchers. Drawing on unparalleled project management expertise, we pull their collective efforts together to deliver some of the best projects.

Indusfood-Tech: What are the key product categories you cater to? And what are the major end use sectors where you are witnessing good demand for your equipment?
Mr. Javed Husain: Muez-Hest is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company. We are leading technology providers and turnkey plant & machinery suppliers in the Edible Oils & Oleochemicals sector, and have successfully commissioned over 270 projects worldwide since inception for a variety of utilities and requirements. Our ISO certification ensures that all of our company processes are conducted as per our quality manuals.

Muez-Hest has acquired expertise in areas like Engineering, Design, Automation, Special Engineering and Turnkey Plant installation and is poised to be a premium engineering, procurement and design organization. One of our key strengths lies in the fact that we are turnkey plant suppliers, manufacturers and exporters, from conceptualization to installation, thereby offering our clients ease of business access.

We are the pioneers in introducing rice-bran oil processing technologies in India. Although China is the largest producer of rice in the world, they are nowhere near us in terms of rice bran oil processing technologies. Initially, Japan was the leader. But today, we in India can definitely boast of the best technologies for rice bran oil processing.

In fact, Muez-Hest has been the top market player in the domain. Where most of the industry players are indulging in chemical refining of rice bran oil, we have worked closely with Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad for refining rice bran oil physically with some unique enzymatic technologies. I am proud to announce that we have done more than a dozen projects in this arena.

Although, India is one of the major importers of edible oils (almost 70% of edible oil is imported; palm oil from Indonesia, Malaysia; Sunflower from Ukraine and Soybean from Argentina), I am happy to share that one of our clients has been successful in exporting rice bran oil to over 20+ countries in the world.

Indusfood-Tech: What are the latest trends in evolution of packaging materials and technology? How are you adapting to them as a company?
Mr. Javed Husain: Well, being in the field of setting up turnkey projects in the Edible Oil industry, we are directly connected with the packaging of the finished oil produced in our plants, globally. As a matter of fact, Muez-Hest has been instrumental in designing a packaging line for one of our clients, whose entire Edible Oil complex has been set up by us. We are proud to mention that this plant has the latest packaging equipment based on French & Japanese technologies, which is one of the biggest in Asia, if not the world and works on AI & Robotics engineering.

We are a firm believer that today “packaging” plays a very important role, especially in the food processing industry, which not only requires one to follow FSSAI standards but should cover various aspects of hygiene, safety, etc.

Muez-Hest provides a wide range of world-class preparatory section for oil industries, right from destoning the seeds, dehulling, and crushing to extraction of oil from collets. Extraction, edible oil refining, oleo chemicals, fat modification, value added products and tailor made equipment are the other technologies, which Muez-Hest has in its bucket to offer to all its existing and new clientele.

Indusfood-Tech: How strong has been the role of the R&D for your business to be a success? Any major R&D/innovations that you might wish to share with us?
Mr. Javed Husain: Muez-Hest is steered & propelled by its R&D oriented course that drives our efforts, which has resulted in our robust equipment & proven technologies, to transform several projects and ensure that they run optimally. Muez-Hest has developed new technologies, which are not only unconventional, but also are aligned with the current industry requirements, as companies are becoming hungry for new technologies. 

We have our own in-house analytical laboratory in Mumbai, which is equipped with an in-house quality control team and is also approved by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) GOI. With cutting edge technologies and state-of-the-art facilities, we not only manufacture our projects there but also design them indigenously in the same facility. This promotes us with long term technological development & corporate competitiveness in the business world.

Muez-Hest Research and Development Centre was established as a Food Research, Analysis and testing facility for delivering Food Research and Analytical Sevices to the Food Processing, Oil, Agro and Allied Industries. At MHRDC, we consistently aim at executing our technical services by understanding our customer’s needs and having thorough knowledge of the recent trends in the market.

We have a pilot plant facility to support the industry for their process and product development. We work on concept to commercialization with proto validation to meet the customer’s specific requirements.

We do simulation of existing operations at pilot scale for evaluating new equipment or technology and also provide assistance and vital resources for the new startup companies. The pilot plant facility consists of different kinds of evaporators and special reactors with its vast applications in the field of oils and fats, flavorings, essential oils, and so on.

Indusfood-Tech: How do you plan to expand your business in the next five years?
Mr. Javed Husain: Economically turbulent times often have a conflicting impact on companies’ willingness to prioritize development work, however, some companies see the need to secure their future competitiveness as important, even in an economic downturn; while many others, perhaps understandably, implement cuts that have a negative impact on innovation work.

Although, the economy is a bit soft right now, but we are optimistic about moving forward. From the competitive perspective, yes, the market is tough. However, we control our destiny by how we engage with our clients. We offer them experience & expertise through our innovative technologies and are adding value, which we are confident, that our clients will aspire for. 

Being a leading Project Engineering Company and growing every year, Muez-Hest’s design & engineering capabilities in manufacturing enable it to set new benchmarks in terms of scale, sophistication & speed. Muez-Hest offers world class manufacturing facilities and has three factories, which are capable to undertake all critical fabrication using precision engineering & Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

We plan on strengthening our manufacturing setup by incorporating outsourcing capabilities for our design roles along with the various plants and equipment. Furthermore, Muez-Hest has expanded its warehouse size to appropriately store manufactured equipment and machinery and items purchased for production. A systematic inventory system is also in process, which pertains to various international standards.

We are currently an SME hoping and planning to expand both workforce wise and turnover wise. Currently, we have three manufacturing plants, all in Maharashtra and an R&D center, which sprawls over an area of 2.5 acres of land in Virar, Maharashtra. We further plan to expand not only in India with our world-class offices but also see our presence magnified across the globe in the coming years.

Indusfood-Tech: What has been the progress of your business on the export front and which are the main markets you have successfully penetrated? What are your future expansion strategies in potential target markets?
Mr. Javed Husain: We at Muez-Hest aim to channelize innovative technologies and decades of experience harnessed from its stable, into fostering sustainable systems & solutions, for the oils & fats and oleochemicals Industry, worldwide.

Since, its establishment 24 years ago, Muez-Hest has successfully embarked on innovative research, quality workmanship & precision engineering in an effort to strengthen our customer base across the globe. We shall be celebrating our Silver Jubilee in January, 2020 and are very hopeful for a bright future ahead.

As an experienced & trusted partners of the industry, Muez-Hest has been delivering products and plant solutions in the Edible Oils & Oleochemicals Sectors since 1995. Over the years, Muez-Hest has gained extensive knowledge and insight into the ever increasing demands of the market, across the globe. We have applied this knowledge & expertise into all our efforts, in order to ensure that we have satisfied and contented customers.

As a single point source of all the needs & requirements of the industry, Muez-Hest is considered as an all-round solution provider for specific requirements of the individual customers, ranging from consultancy, market studies, plant audits, process know how, design and detailed engineering; besides turnkey solutions and after sales support services to existing and new clientele.

We have successfully provided projects and plants to clients in countries like US, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, UAE, Spain, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka; even countries like Peru, Venezuela Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Argentina, Egypt, and Thailand. Besides we have also done few projects for EU, Malaysia and Africa. Furthermore, we look towards Africa as the top destination for our further expansions.

Indusfood-Tech: How do you see the investment opportunities and the business environment for the food processing industry in India?
Mr. Javed Husain: India is today the world’s fastest growing large economy and looking ahead to assuming a top-three position among global economies. Since Independence, it has traversed a long growth journey that has four distinct upward structural breaks. The country is now establishing a faster pace as global shifts, technology advances and its own demographics and development shape a vibrant future. 

As it completes 75 years of its nationhood, an inclusively developing India can contribute to an inclusive and sustainable world through economic strength, technological vitality and moral leadership. This will be the India of the fifth stage of its development, or India 5.0.

Indusfood-Tech: How do you see Indusfood-Tech as a platform for the growth of your industry?
Mr. Javed Husain: We are very excited about our participation in Indusfood-Tech and are optimistic about the positive outcome of the event. Exhibitions & Trade Fairs have been regarded as the best & ideal conduit for developing trade & commerce, worldwide. 

It is a very timely event, since Indian engineering technologies & products earn high respect, globally, for being value for money. Moreover, the clarion call of Make in India by our Hon'ble Prime Minister has raised the bar further.

I am confident that both domestic and overseas trade visitors to Indusfood-Tech would find a good match-making platform in this event and we are not only hopeful but confident about generating good business enquiries at the show.