New facility in Long An Province is the country’s most modern
Skretting’s second aquafeed factory in Vietnam opened in Long An Province on November 18. The investment aims to promote sustainable growth – to better serve and bring mutual benefits to customers in the region.
Long An Province was strategically chosen due to its convenient proximity to the Mekong Delta, which is regarded as the cradle of Vietnam’s seafood industry. The facility is also a key element of Skretting’s strategy to develop further in Asia. Supported by its two factories in Long An Province, Skretting Vietnam specializes in the production of high-quality feeds for the domestic market as well as for many major aquaculture operations across South Asia.
Modern fish feed production
The new factory is Vietnam’s most modern fish feed factory to date. With a total investment of $24 million, the factory boasts two modern production lines with an annual production capacity of 100,000 tons. It is equipped with a highly automated management system and features two separate production lines that can manufacture different products without the risk of cross-contamination. Additionally, an ultra-fine grinding system increases the nutritional uniformity of each pellet, which in turn improves the ability of fish to absorb nutrients. This capacity also enables the factory to produce special products in micro- and small sizes.
“Our new state-of-the-art factory will produce innovative feed products, which when combined with our latest feeding models, farming technologies and water management solutions, will help Vietnamese farmers increase their productivity – through better growth, better feed conversion and higher survival rates,” said Alex Obach, Skretting’s innovation director.
Advanced plasma technology
Lotus II also becomes the only fish feed factory in Vietnam equipped with advanced plasma technology for odor treatment. This system, which was manufactured in Canada, uses plasma jets to break down odor-producing molecules in the exhaust gas streams of manufacturing processes. Consequently, the factory’s surrounding area is completely free of any unpleasant odors. This system, which has been used in Skretting’s factories in Norway, achieves an odor treatment efficiency of 90-95% without the use of water or chemicals. The technology not only delivers high efficiency but also saves raw materials and resources. The factory is also equipped with fully electric, emission-free forklift vehicles in line with our sustainability principles.
Nutreco Asia’s Managing Director Jurriën Zandbergen is proud of the new state-of-the-art fish feed facility and believes it will accelerate Skretting Vietnam’s contribution to the country’s sustainable development of aquaculture.
“We will be able to provide a wide range of feed solutions at consistent high-quality. Combined with our specialty solutions, like life start formulations, precision nutrition and technical farm management advice, we can improve farm performance for our customers and strengthen aquaculture ecosystems in Vietnam,” Zandbergen said.
Opportunity for growth
The importance of Vietnamese aquaculture and the new facility were also recognized by Obach, who informed those in attendance at the inauguration ceremony that the global production of aquatic animals has already passed 88 million tons and is expected to grow by another 20% in the next decade, which presents a significant opportunity for the country.