AGRAVIS and DLA expand international network
AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, based in Münster and Hanover, and the Danish DLA Group are expanding their international cooperation.
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- Collective joy dhile signing the contracts (standing, from left): Henning Haahr (CEO of DLA-AGRAVIS-International), Peter Iversen (CEO of Vilomix Holding A/S), Franz-Josef Holzenkamp (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG), Dirk Bensmann (Director of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG), Jørgen H. Mikkelsen (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Danish Agro), Thorsten Pogge (Director of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG), Torsten Soltau (AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, Coordination Joint Venture) and AGRAVIS Chairman Dr. Clemens Grosse Frie and Christian Junker (CEO of the DLA Group).
The joint venture formed by the two long-term partners, Vilomix Holding A/S, is purchasing a 25% stake from AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG in the associated company Hamburger Leistungsfutter GmbH. At the same time, AGRAVIS is increasing its stake in the joint centure Vilomix Holding A/S from currently 15 to 25 percent as well. The contracts have just been signed.
Both projects are now awaiting approval under anti-trust legislation. "We assume that these approvals will be granted," said Dr. Clemens Grosse Frie, Chairman of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, and Christian Junker, CEO of the Danish DLA based in Galten, with confidence.
"This is an important step towards expanding our international network," stressed Grosse Frie. In the past he had repeatedly made it clear AGRAVIS was indeed concentrating on the core business in Germany, but the focus was also turning to international markets. "We are moving carefully and with our eyes open," said Grosse Frie. The cooperation with the Danish company DLA plays a significant role here. Apart from Vilomix, there is a second joint venture, DLA-AGRAVIS-International, in which AGRAVIS also holds a 25-percent stake.
Both joint ventures are working very profitably. Last year, Vilomix increased its turnover with feed specialities to the highest level ever of Euro 264 m. DLA-AGRAVIS-International bundles the agriculture and agricultural technology in eastern Europe, especially in the Baltic, and last year also made record sales of Euro 484 million.
"These collaborations are certainly successful and open up new growth prospects," explains Christian Junker. Consequently, both partners are very interested in expanding the cooperation with an eye on the international markets.