Genossenschafts-Kraftfutterwerk GmbH Braunschweig: multi-million investment in security and processes
Faster, more efficient and better targeted: Braunschweig-based company Genossenschafts-Kraftfutterwerk GmbH, a subsidiary of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, has put a new bagging facility into operation and created additional storage and handling capacity.
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- Putting the new facilities in Braunschweig into operation (from left): Sales Manager Matthias Kutsche, Heinz Daske, Director of Genossenschafts-Kraftfutterwerk GmbH, Dirk Bensmann, member of the Managing Board of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, Plant Manager Lutz Götz and Jürgen Aumann, Director of Genossenschafts-Kraftfutterwerk GmbH.
Dirk Bensmann, member of the Managing Board of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, explains the reasons for the construction measures at the official opening ceremony on 13 June 2014: "In making this investment, we are taking account of the increasing demand for bagged goods and speciality animal feeds. With rail and harbour connections, Braunschweig is an important production and handling site for us. Investments represent a necessary and vital step towards growth and securing the future of our sites."
The two Directors of Genossenschafts-Kraftfutterwerk GmbH – Jürgen Aumann and Heinz Daske – are also pleased that the project has been brought to fruition: "We have accelerated our manufacturing processes and we have the capacity to produce in large quantities to the highest standards of quality assurance." The new bagging facility, including automatic palletisers, achieves a higher quality of goods packaging. Intra-regional and increasing customer demand, coupled with the expansion of the product portfolio, warranted the purchase. The product range of bagged goods is being supplemented with own brand "Veltenhofer Mühle", for example. Investments contribute to reducing energy consumption, thereby increasing the energy efficiency of feed production. A new warehouse was also built in recent months, offering 1,000 square metres of additional storage space for bagged and bulk goods. Last but not least, the track system of the seaport operating company was also modernised during the four-month construction period, taking the total sum of the investment to around EUR 1.1 million. Overall, the investments totalled around Euro 1.1 million. Planning has begun on a further investment: a fourth pressing line for the production of piglet feed will be installed by the end of the year.
The concentrated feed factory in Braunschweig is one of a total of 15 Group-owned feed mills and additional equity investments in the company's sphere of business, which produce around 3.6 million tonnes of mixed feed every year. Genossenschafts-Kraftfutterwerk GmbH, a subsidiary of AGRAVIS, produces a total of around 355,000 tonnes of mixed and speciality feed at plants in Braunschweig, Bremerhaven and Leer and generated 93 million euros in revenue in 2013 with a workforce of 67 employees. The Braunschweig plant produces around 135,000 tonnes of feed every year for pigs, cattle, poultry, sheep and horses, plus speciality feed such as Prestarter for piglets and straight feed materials like AGRISAN (protected rapeseed meal).