Feed plant of DoFu Donaufutter GmbH opened in Straubing
The new feed plant of DoFu Donaufutter GmbH at the port of Straubing-Sand was officially commissioned on Wednesday (13 July). This subsidiary of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG will produce mainly special feed in its state-of-the-art plant, as well as premixes for pigs, cows and horses.
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- Celebrating together the opening of the feed plant of DoFu Donaufutter GmbH in Straubing: Dr. Wilhelm Schulte-Beckhausen (Höveler/Blattin), Klaus Feils (DoFu), Franz-Josef Holzenkamp (Member of AGRAVIS Supervisory Board), Jürgen Wortmann (Vitavis), Dr. Hans-Peter Karp (Derby), Jürgen Aumann, Tomasz Wasik and Dr. Jens Reimann (all Hamburger Leistungsfutter) and Dr. Clemens Große Frie (Chairman of the Managing Board of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG).
Production will start in a few days and can range up to 60,000 tons per year in a two-shift operation. The products will be distributed on the Southern German market by the AGRAVIS subsidiaries and affiliated companies Derby Spezialfutter GmbH, Höveler Spezialfutterwerke GmbH & Co. KG (Blattin), HL Hamburger Leistungsfutter GmbH and Vitavis GmbH.
AGRAVIS enjoying continuous growth
The AGRAVIS Group is enjoying continuous growth with a focus on profitability, explained Chairman of the Managing Board Dr. Clemens Große Frie to around 150 guests at the opening event. Despite the difficult situation that farming currently finds itself in, this growth is continuing in 2016, he affirmed. "Every challenge offers an opportunity to be harnessed," he stressed. He described the new plant in Straubing as a hugely important milestone in the growth of AGRAVIS.
He stated that DoFu Donaufutter GmbH is perfectly located in the key processing region of Lower Bavaria. "Wherever farming is part of the landscape, so are we. We are more than happy to assume responsibility in the best interests of the farmers here, and to play our part as an employer and a player in the regional economy." Große Frie lets there be no doubt that the AGRAVIS Group has a long-term commitment to the region. "We are here to stay."
One of the largest feed producers in Germany
With an annual tonnage of around 4.3 million tons in 2015 – in its own plants and its affiliated companies – the AGRAVIS Group is one of Germany's leading feed producers. It has been supplying customers in Southern Germany with special feed from locations in Northern Germany for many years. "Now we can produce the feed here in the region," said Member of the AGRAVIS Managing Board Dirk Bensmann. The former huge outlay for logistics will no longer be required, he explained, which will increase performance and speed in the feed business. Farmers in the region will profit from this directly.
Highest quality fine food for animals
According to Große Frie, the manufacture of feedstuffs is the "bread and butter" of the AGRAVIS Group. By using high-quality raw materials and taking 34,000 samples per year, the company ensures the highest quality fine food for animals right at the start of the production chain. The samples lead annually to around 343,000 analysis results.
According to Franz-Josef Holzenkamp, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, the opening of the plant is a significant step to help safeguard and strengthen the feed business in promising growth regions for the long term. He is confident that the decision to invest in Straubing is strategically beneficial and will further boost the sustained, profitable growth of the AGRAVIS Group.
Huge significance for the region
In a relaxed round of talks, District Administrator Josef Laumer, as chair of the Zweckverband Hafen Straubing-Sand (ZVH; Straubing-Sand Port Association), its Managing Director Andreas Löffert, the Mayor of Straubing Maria Stelzl and Gerhard Stadler for the Bavarian Association of Farmers emphasized the significance of this company's arrival in the area for farmers and the region as a whole.
Project rapidly realised
Klaus Feils, the Managing Director of DoFu Donaufutter GmbH, reminded those present how quickly the project had been realised. It took only two and half years from the acquisition of the 20,000 square metre site till completion of the feed plant. The smooth cooperation with the port association and the authorities in Straubing made this possible, he said.
Resource-efficient production with the lowest possible emissions
More than half of the raw materials used come from afterproducts and by-products of the food industry. And state-of-the-art technology ensures that the plant in Straubing produces feedstuff with efficient use of resources and the lowest possible emissions. "This fits with our understanding of sustainability," stressed Klaus Feils.
Father Erhard Schmidt of the Catholic parish of St. Johannes Ittling and Deacon Dieter Rein of the Lutheran Christuskirche Straubing blessed the new building. The "Trafernmusikanten" provided the music at the opening ceremony.
In the start-up phase, five staff will work at the plant. The amount invested is around ten million euros.
For more information, visit: www.donaufutter.de