BioMar begins commercial production in its new JV factory in China
The new facility, announced in 2016, produces feeds for sturgeon, rainbow trout, Californian seabass and large yellow croaker.
The Chinese BioMar-Tongwei joint venture has now begun commercial production of aquafeeds in their new factory based in Wuxi. The new facility has already delivered high and consistent quality feed making it possible to transfer production of high-end aquafeeds for China that were previously produced in Denmark.
The greenfield factory in Wuxi was announced as a strategic and important growth initiative back in 2016, bringing BioMar production knowledge from high-end species into the Chinese market. Together with the existing factory in the south of China, the new factory is going to service a wide range of species all over China.
“We are very happy with this important next step to expand our activities. We have established a good business in China through a combination of local production and imported products. We are serving traditional customers as well as customers striving to bring new value propositions to retailers and end-consumers. The Wuxi factory will allow new possibilities for customers with advanced product requirements through all production life stages,” explained Carlos Diaz, CEO BioMar Group.
“We have experienced an incredible dedication from employees in our JV, as well as from the supporting project team. During the coronavirus crisis, we have managed to find new ways of collaborating and bringing people together across the globe, exchanging process knowledge, formulation experience and innovation ideas. It has been amazing to witness, how we can work closely together, while at a distance, and obtain such high product quality. I envision a “new normal” in terms of global collaboration when we open up borders and countries,” said Diaz.
During the commissioning phase of the new Wuxi factory, BioMar has been able to achieve product nutritional values and physical quality comparable to the standards seen in high-performing, well-established aquafeed factories. Key customers have started to place orders in the new factory for products previously delivered from Denmark.
“After some delays in the construction of the factory, we are extremely happy to have come through an uncomplicated commissioning phase, where we obtained a consistently high nutritional and physical quality. Feeds for sturgeon, rainbow trout, Californian seabass and large yellow croaker are ready for the market. We have agreed with our customers, that we will start moving some orders from the BioMar factory in Denmark to now be produced in China,” concluded Alan Xiaoqing Qian, general manager of BioMar-Tongwei.