Line will increase flexibility, quality and production performance
BioMar Group has invested in additional capacity for its fish feed factory in Denmark.
The new line will be highly specialized and dedicated to fry and recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) feed production, enabling the factory to increase flexibility, quality and production performance.
In recent years, the BioMar business unit in Brande, Denmark, has experienced a significant growth in volumes sold as well as an expanding customer base, now leading to the decision of expanding the capacity. The factory in Denmark delivers feed to farmers across most of Europe and has a very strong foothold in the eastern European countries as well as in the RAS segment across all BioMar markets.
“BioMar has experienced a solid growth in market share on our core markets in Europe and the factory in Brande has through the last years been expanding capacity by removing bottlenecks and optimizing operational processes. We foresee that the growth will continue and we need to take a significant leap forward to make sure we can deliver on the future demands from the customers,” said Carlos Diaz, CEO of BioMar Group.
The new line is expected to be ready in the second quarter of 2019 with a budget of DKK90 million (US$14.3 million). The factory in Denmark will, after the capacity expansion, be able to deliver 150,000 tons of fish feed per year. It is BioMar’s largest production unit in Europe outside the salmon markets. The factory is designed for agility with a flexible production setup. It delivers mainly feed for species such as trout, eel, sturgeon and salmon in RAS; however in total the factory produces feed for more than 40 species.
The factory has been a pioneer within RAS feed and is highly recognized for its products as well as expertise within this segment. BioMar states that the new line will imply a significant step forward, developing RAS feed with even higher growth performance and physical as well as nutritional quality.
“We are already recognized in the market for the high quality and performance of our fry and RAS feed from the factory in Denmark and the factory is often delivering feed to support other business units. This is simply a step making sure we stay in front, delivering a market-leading customer value proposition in terms of agility, quality and performance,” Diaz said.