Where It All Began
In 1978 Mitchell Mill Systems (MMS) Canada was established in Newton, Ontario Canada to provide design, manufacture and installation services primarily to the grain, feed, fertiliser and pet and fish food industries.
Moving Into China
In 1994 a joint venture was established with a local partner in Harbin, China for the manufacture of material handling equipment (elevators, screws, drag and belt conveyors, associated distribution equipment and dust collectors)—initially to support the Asian growth of MMS’s North American customer. However, in 1998 the joint venture agreement was terminated. In 1999 the business was re-established as MMS (Sanhe), a wholly foreign owned enterprise, this time in the Beijing area.
A Change In Ownership, A Change In Management
In 2006 MMS (Sanhe) was bought by Mitchells’ Holdings (Asia) Pte Ltd, a wholly Australian owned company, following Paul Mitchell’s retirement. Australian engineer, Michael Mittasch was appointed the Executive Director and he is still based full time in China. This change proved to be a turning point in the company’s history, with the introduction of strategic growth strategies helping to realise Mitchells’ true, global business potential.
Mitchells in Europe
In order to properly service its ever growing, now worldwide, customer base, Mitchells established a new branch in Luxembourg. Mitchells Europe was setup to provide customer service and sales assistance to our European, MENA, CIS and African customers.
New Workshop, Bigger Workshop
Now a well-known name in the bulk handling industry, Mitchells slowly outgrew its workshop in Beijing. In April 2018, Mitchells relocated to a new facility in the upcoming industrial district of Gaochun, south of Nanjing. The new facility was larger and featured the latest industry technologies. This enabled Mitchells to operate with vastly increased efficiency and productivity, whilst minimising its carbon footprint and provide an even safer work environment for its staff.
Mitchells acquires Guttridge
Having established a solid base of operations in China, Mitchells looked to expand its manufacturing presence in Europe. In early 2019, Mitchells Holdings purchased Guttridge, forming a group of companies which could now supply conveying materials for all capacities from farm to port.