BioMar up­grades Chi­nese feed plant

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DANISH feed group BioMar fur­ther de­vel­oped its mar­ket in China with the up­grad­ing of its Hai­wei plant in the south of the coun­try.

Along with its joint ven­ture part­ner, the Chi­nese Tong­wei Group, BioMar last month in­au­gu­rated a new pro­duc­tion line for ex­truded feed and a new ware­house at the Hai­wei fa­cil­ity.

BioMar-Tong­wei has had a good start to the year at the plant, which con­tin­ues the growth ex­pe­ri­enced in the last cou­ple of years.

The Hai­wei fac­tory is lo­cated in the Pearl River Delta in an area with a large pro­duc­tion of, among other species, Ja­panese sea bass and snake­head.

Hen­rik Aare­strup, vice pres­i­dent of emerg­ing mar­kets at BioMar, who at­tended the in­au­gu­ra­tion with Niels Al­sted, vice chair­man of the board of BioMar-Tong­wei, said: ‘The new ex­truder line is part of an up­grade of the fac­tory where we have re­placed older equip­ment with more ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy. It will make us more flex­i­ble to­wards the cus­tomers and al­low for con­tin­ued growth.

‘We ex­pect to sell around 60,000 tonnes this year. We have a very strong team, headed by our gen­eral man­ager Mr Liu, in place in Hai­wei, and they have al­ready more than dou­bled their sales in the last three years.’

The farm­ers rep­re­sented at the in­au­gu­ra­tion lunch to­gether pro­duce more than 200,000 tonnes of fish a year, he added, ‘so we still have room for growth with Hai­wei’.

The aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion in the Pearl River Delta is com­pet­ing with a fast ur­ban de­vel­op­ment.

‘Ac­cess to wa­ter and space suit­able for fish farm­ing is an in­creas­ing chal­lenge,’ said Aare­strup.

‘Our know-how in high per­for­mance en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly di­ets will there­fore be­come more rel­e­vant in the years to come.’

Above: BioMar’s Niels Al­sted and Hai­wei gen­eral man­ager Mr Liu at the in­au­gu­ra­tion

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