Speciality Feed "from the Region for the Region"
With a symbolic first groundbreaking on Wednesday in the Straubing-Sand port, the construction work on a new mixed feed plant for DoFu Donaufutter GmbH started.
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The production capacity in the first year is expected to be 30,000 tonnes, but there are plans for significant expansions. The investment amount is around 10 million euros.
Ten long-term jobs are expected to be created.
The AGRAVIS Group, with an annual production of 3.6 million tonnes, is one of the biggest feed producers in Germany. The agricultural trade and service group is now constructing its first mixed feed plant in Straubing, Bavaria. AGRAVIS has, however, already had a sales outlet in southern Germany for many years via the subsidiaries and equity investments Höveler and HL Hamburger Leistungsfutter GmbH. "But the logistical overhead is considerable. That is why we have sought a new solution and found it in Straubing", said Konrad Falk, Managing Director of AGRAVIS Futtermittel-Holding, on the occasion of the commencement of construction work.
We see considerable growth potential for the feed business in this region, with its strong processing background, says Falk. He said that it would be easier to open up neighbouring markets from Straubing. The AGRAVIS Managing Director gave credit to the local managers, who, he said, had developed Hafen Straubing-Sand into a flourishing agricultural location within a very short space of time.
High-quality by-products and co-products
"From the region, for the region": DoFu Donaufutter GmbH was taking this motto to heart in building the feed plant in Straubing, said its Managing Director, Klaus Feils. He added that more than half of the raw components used were high-quality by-products and co-products from the food industry. 30 percent of the raw materials, he continued, were being supplied by ship. And the plant in Straubing, he said, ensured, thanks to modern technology, that feed was being manufactured in a manner that conserved resources and produced the lowest possible emissions. "This is in line with our understanding of sustainability", Feils emphasized.
He assessed the collaboration with the harbour company and the authorities in Straubing as excellent and uncomplicated. "Exactly 14 months have passed from the initial discussions to the start of construction today", the Managing Director reported. "That's really OK", is how the native of Rhineland described the constructive collaboration. District Administrator Josef Laumer, as chair of the Zweckverband Industriegebiet mit Donauhafen Straubing-Sand (ZVI) welcomed DoFu Donaufutter GmbH and its parent company to Europaring. "I am very pleased that, despite the impending winter, you do not want to lose any time and are already embarking upon the construction of your feed plant", said Laumer.
Agriculture in Straubing
Port Managing Director Andreas Löffert stressed that the settlement further boosted the attractiveness of the port area and underlined the importance of the Danube as an efficient waterway for business. Straubing's Lord Mayor, Markus Pannermayr, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hafen Straubing-Sand GmbH, highlighted the status of agriculture in Straubing and the surrounding area, reaching out to include the Centre of Excellence for Renewable Raw Materials. "Welcome to the region of renewable raw materials. You are investing in the future here."
The mixed feed plant is being constructed in accordance with plans put forward by a company by the name of Wolking, based in Vechta, which was also awarded the mechanical engineering and steel construction contract. The engineering services contract was awarded to Weiss of Straubing. The control system and electrics are being provided by a company by the name of Hansmeier (Rheda-Wiedenbrück).