Kopyl plant to pro­duce dem­iner­al­ized whey pow­der

Economy of Belarus - - COMPANIES AND MARKETS -

The Kopyl sub­sidiary of Slutsk Cheese-mak­ing Plant plans to launch the pro­duc­tion of dem­iner­al­ized whey pow­der in 2017, di­rec­tor of the com­pany Ivan Gor­bach said.

“We used to take whey to waste treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties. To­day the plant is waste-free. We dry the milk whey. But we seek to im­prove the qual­ity of whey and are buy­ing spe­cial Czech equip­ment for the elec­tro­dial­y­sis shop. The equip­ment will be used to dry the whey un­til its dem­iner­al­iza­tion stage reaches 80-90%,” said Ivan Gor­bach.

The project was ini­ti­ated by the com­pany. The in­vest­ment to­taled € 1.26 mil­lion. Ac­cord­ing to Ivan Gor­bach, no loans were at­tracted. Eq­uity cap­i­tal was used to build a work­shop for the elec­tro­dial­y­sis equip­ment.

The new project in Kopyl is over­seen by the Minsk Oblast Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. Ac­cord­ing to Ivan Gor­bach, the first in­stall­ment pay­ments have al­ready been made and the equip­ment will be soon de­liv­ered to the com­pany. It is ex­pected that the equip­ment will be in­stalled be­fore the end of the year. The re­lease of the new prod­uct is sched­uled for 2017.

“This prod­uct is in high de­mand on the Rus­sian mar­ket. The dem­iner­al­ized whey pow­der is 2-2.5 times more ex­pen­sive than or­di­nary milk whey. This type of whey is used in the con­fec­tionery and bak­ery in­dus­tries. The com­pany will also be look­ing into the prospects of ex­port­ing dem­iner­al­ized milk whey to other EEU coun­tries,” the di­rec­tor of the com­pany said. Ivan Gor­bach ex­pressed hope that the project will be a suc­cess. In 2010 the com­pany launched the pro­duc­tion of skimmed milk pow­der and whey pow­der. The project was ex­pected to pay off in four years. In fact it hap­pened two years ear­lier. It is ex­pected that the ac­qui­si­tion of the elec­tro­dial­y­sis equip­ment will pay back in a year or a year and a half, the di­rec­tor of the com­pany said. It is planned that ini­tially half of milk whey will be pro­cessed with the use of the elec­tro­dial­y­sis equip­ment.

Founded in 1951, Kopyl Cream­ery was rein­cor­po­rated into a pub­lic joint-stock com­pany (OAO) in 1995. Later, the plant was re­or­ga­nized into the Kopyl sub­sidiary of Slutsk CheeseMak­ing Plant. The plant pro­duces semi-hard cheeses, but­ter, skimmed milk pow­der and whey pow­der. Up to 90% of the prod­ucts are ex­ported to Rus­sia and Kaza­khstan.

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