Iain Davidson

Country: Hong Kong
Company: Baker Pacific Ltd.
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Iain Davidson, Director Baker Pacific Ltd.

Iain graduated from the School of Industrial Design (Engineering) at Royal College of Art in London in 1965 and joined Baker Perkins Ltd. He was Industrial Design Engineer, working in the Technical Department on the design of new biscuit, bakery and candy processing machines until 1975, gaining a thorough technical knowledge of the machines and processes.

In 1975, Iain was appointed Market Development Manager at Baker Perkins, involved in developing the Baker Perkins forward planning for new business, product development and acquisitions. In 1979 Iain became International Sales Manager with responsibility for the business in Asia and Africa.

In 1990 Iain was appointed Regional Manager Asia Pacific for Baker Perkins and re-located to Indonesia and later in 1997 to China. His appointments included Managing Director of Baker Perkins (Hong Kong) Ltd. and Director of Baker Perkins Japan KK.

In 1990 Iain negotiated an agreement with the Liaoning Foreign Trade Corporation in Dalian to establish a manufacturing facility for biscuit ovens. This was successful in manufacturing ovens under the supervision of Baker Perkins Japan KK engineers.

Baker Pacific Ltd.
In 2000 Iain established his own company in Indonesia, PT Baker Pacific Mandiri. The company provided consultancy in the biscuit and confectionery industries in Asia. As the business outside Indonesia grew, Baker Pacific Ltd was established in Hong Kong in 2004 and is now our principal operating company, providing process technology and machinery for the biscuit, chocolate and candy industries.

The company established a manufacturing capability for biscuit ovens and has manufactured ovens in China, India and Indonesia.

During recent years, Iain has provided training programs for technical staff in biscuit bakeries. Iain has completed the books: ‘Biscuit Baking Technology, 2nd Edition’ and ‘Biscuit, Cookie and Cracker Production’ both published by Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier.


Designing and building biscuit, cookie and cracker baking ovens

Biscuit baking process introduction

  • The baking process
  • Development of structure and texture
  • Moisture removal
  • Colour
  • Oven profiles
  • Heat transfer
    • Radiation
    • Conduction
    • Convection
  • Oven types
    • Direct Gas Fired
    • Indirect Radiant
    • Convection
    • Heat recovery system

Baker Pacific local oven manufacture

  • Advantages
    • Reduced fabrication cost
    • Reduced import duties
    • Low shipping cost
    • Oven assembly in a low cost environment
    • Part payment in local currency
    • Establish local service capability
  • Engineering team
    • Project manager, design engineer, local manager, senior engineer, installation manager
  • Oven building
    • Manufacturing drawings
    • Purchasing
    • Contractors
    • Shipping
    • Installation
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