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Biomin opens new premix production facility in Austria

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Photo credit: Biomin and Erber Group. BIOMIN Haag Production Group photo Waxenecker Ruel Hiegelsberger.jpg
From left, Franz Waxenecker, Biomin managing director, Barbara Rüel, head of global product management animal nutrition at Biomin, and Max Hiegelsberger, regional council member for Upper Austria, at the new Biomin production facility in Haag am Hausruck, Austria.
Facility can process up to 10 metric tons of finished product per hour and includes on-site laboratory for quality control.

Biomin recently opened an ultra-modern premix production facility in order to meet the growing customer demand for its animal nutrition products, including mineral feed, premixes and specialties.

Production began in Haag am Hausruck, Austria, in February, the company said, explaining that the facility can process up to 10 metric tons of finished product per hour. It includes an on-site laboratory for quality control and 54 silos with a storage capacity of 1,100 cu. m.

“The new production unit represents the Biomin promise to customers by leveraging advanced technologies to deliver high-quality animal nutrition solutions while ensuring safety, sustainability and traceability,” Biomin managing director Franz Waxenecker said.

According to the company, the facility has been designed to ensure full transparency and minimize the risk of cross-contamination of final product. Self-driving automated guided vehicles (AGVs) ensure transport of materials throughout the facility in a closed container system. Batch managed inventory and electronic records capture when employees perform specific actions such as dosing or emptying each silo, for example.

Given the firm’s mission to help improve the sustainability of agriculture, the plant generates power from a geothermal system and solar panels on the rooftop, Biomin said.

“Our nutrition solutions contribute to sustainability by improving the efficiency of farm animals, boosting farm and feed mill profitability and reducing the ecological footprint of agriculture,” said Barbara Rüel, head of global product management animal nutrition at Biomin.

Growth ambition

“While we have had considerable success bringing our unique feed additives to customers in over 130 countries, our nutrition management solutions encompassing premixes, mineral feeds and specialties has until recently been focused on several key regions,” Waxenecker said.

“With this new facility, we will be able to bring our science-based nutrition solutions to customers in new markets as part of our internationalization strategy,” he added.

“For many years, customers have relied upon well-balanced feeding concepts designed by Biomin to achieve a range of objectives, including improvements in performance, health, well-being and reducing antibiotic use or environmental emissions,” Rüel noted.

“Our ability to offer flexible, science-based solutions and access to innovative mycotoxin risk management and gut performance solutions are what set us apart,” she concluded.

The Biomin production unit at Haag am Hausruck has several notable quality certifications, namely GMP+, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and HAACP.

Production facility currently running

Since scaling up production earlier in the year, Biomin said it has enacted a series of measures to ensure that it can continue to deliver premix products to farmers, feed millers and integrators in Austria and throughout the world.

Precautions taken to limit the risk of COVID-19 infection include requiring employees to wear masks, restriction of outside visitors, increased sanitation measures and staggered shift work, among others.

“One result of the coronavirus situation is that agriculture and food production have been recognized as essential sector,” Waxenecker said. “Through prompt and extensive actions put in place, we have been able to fulfill our role in the food production chain and ensure that farm animals receive high-quality nutrition so that farmers can feed the world.”

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