In the 1980's, a group of Brazilian engineers resident in South Africa started to develop industrial equipment to supply the agricultural market on the African continent. By this time, the agricultural market was booming, especially coffee; this was produced on a large scale in Africa and exported to several countries. The group decided to focus on developing its own bagging equipment to be utilized mainly in coffee processing plants which were being produced in African countries for European Coffee Traders. During this period, the local traders, who were selling coffee to Europe, were being penalized by European buyers due to the use of unreliable bagging machinery which was not within the acceptable international standards. Due to coffee being an expensive commodity, it was extremely important that the weights were within the specified requirements. Therefore, the engineers decided to design bagging equipment utilizing highly accurate load cells controlled by microprocessors. Their instrument was designed in-house, including the software which controls the weighing operation of the machinery. The equipment had to be simple, sturdy, reliable and repeatable as it was required to work in very harsh environments. The first series of machines were the locally designed and manufactured LC2016 which offered unprecedented accuracy and reliability. A combination of state of the art electronics, with advanced features made these machines a natural choice for a host of weighing applications. Due to high demand for grain equipment, the group decided to found a company in 1988, named Brasitech.
In the 1990's, besides the demand for industrial equipment, the market was in need of a management service for the operation of machinery and for the logistics of its products. In order to supply this service market, the group founded Bagtech International in 1998. A new challenge was emerging to provide the clients' needs.
Until the late 90's, over 40 processing equipment and coffee mills were manufactured and supplied by the company to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique and Ivory Coast, besides establishing many seed processing plants providing other products in the region, including grain storage silos, handling and processing equipment.
In order to provide the best that the market has to offer, Bagtech is focused on using its many years of experience in this field to improve its own systems to serve customers in the supply chain management service and develop equipment for the fertilizer market, and has therefore maintained its technology base by continuously upgrading its products and utilising state of the art electronics and software industrial control systems, while still maintaining its original basic designs principles. The company has shown a major growth, currently employing 150+ workers and having as its clients the major players in the fertilizer market with more than 20 plants in operation, and managing 5 plants in South Africa.