Aller Aqua opens China plant

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DANISH feed group Aller Aqua has opened a new feed plant in China, just months af­ter its Zam­bian fac­tory be­came op­er­a­tional.

Aller Aqua Qing­dao, the com­pany’s sixth fac­tory, will be headed by An­ders C Bylling, the son of Hans Erik Bylling, who is Aller Aqua’s group pres­i­dent.

The lat­ter said: ‘In­au­gu­rat­ing two fac­to­ries in two months is ex­cep­tional. We have had a few busy years lead­ing up to the in­au­gu­ra­tions and now we are fi­nally ready. I am proud of what we have achieved.’

An­ders Bylling said at the of­fi­cial open­ing in Qing­dao that the process of build­ing a fac­tory in China had been long.

‘We have had some de­lays along the way, but we reached our goal. Our Chi­nese team has worked ex­cep­tion­ally hard to have ev­ery­thing ready for the inauguration.

‘It has been a very good day with al­most 200 par­tic­i­pants for the open­ing it­self, and al­most 300 par­tic­i­pants in the In­ter­na­tional Cold Fish Aqua­cul­ture Tech­nol­ogy Sem­i­nar we or­gan­ised the day be­fore.’

Aller Aqua chose to es­tab­lish it­self in China with­out a Chi­nese part­ner, like other feed com­pa­nies have done.

Hans Erik Bylling said: ‘We chose to es­tab­lish the fac­tory with­out a lo­cal part­ner to en­sure that we can con­tinue to de­liver the prod­ucts that the cus­tomers are fa­mil­iar with.

‘We have de­liv­ered high qual­ity aquafeed to China for the last 20 years, pro­duced un­der Euro­pean stan­dards, and we will con­tinue to run the fac­tory like we would in Den­mark.

‘We will do this by sourc­ing the raw ma­te­ri­als in Europe, and en­sure a highly trained lo­cal team which knows how to com­ply with the Euro­pean stan­dards.’

The fac­tory in China will fo­cus on grow­ing cold wa­ter species in the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try in China, and the sem­i­nar was hosted by the Hei­longi­jang River Fish­eries Re­search In­sti­tute (HRFRI) of the Chi­nese Academy of Fishery Science.

The pro­gramme in­cluded speak­ers from China and Europe, a visit to Aller Aqua Qing­dao and con­cluded with a shut­tle bus to China Fishery Expo.

Aller Aqua Qing­dao will have a pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 45,000 tonnes an­nu­ally. The fac­tory is Aller Aqua’s first in Asia and Hans Erik Bylling con­sid­ers it es­sen­tial.

‘The fac­tory will in­crease our com­pet­i­tive­ness in China, with shorter de­liv­ery times to key mar­kets.’ The fac­tory will ex­port to both Korea and Viet­nam. The com­pany was recog­nised at the re­cent IFFO an­nual con­fer­ence in Washington DC, when it won a Lead­er­ship and In­no­va­tion Award for its ex­pan­sion work in Africa.

Be­low: Hans Erik Bylling and his son An­ders C Bylling at the open­ing

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