In an event with nearly 600 guests, Skretting opened its new fish feed factory, Lotus II, in Vietnam.
The new factory is the “most modern and large-scale factory in Vietnam”, according to the company. Located in an area of 20,800 m2 and built in the shape of a tall tower – a symbol of new heights – the USD 24 million factory has two modern production lines, with a production capacity of 100,000 tons per year.
Skretting's second aquafeed facility in Vietnam is located in Long An province due to its proximity to the Mekong Delta, which is regarded as the cradle of Vietnam’s seafood industry. The facility is also a key element of Skretting’s strategy to develop further in Asia.
The fish feed factory consists of two independent lines, which can produce different types of products without cross-contamination. In addition, the ultra-fine grinding system increases the nutritional uniformity in each pellet, increasing the absorption of nutrients by the fish and allowing the factory to produce special products with small sizes.
Lotus II also becomes the only fish feed factory in Vietnam equipped with advanced plasma technology for odor treatment. This system, which was manufactured in Canada, uses plasma jets to break down odor-producing molecules in the exhaust gas streams of manufacturing processes. Consequently, the factory’s surrounding area is completely free of any unpleasant odors. This system, which has been used in Skretting’s factories in Norway, achieves an odor treatment efficiency of 90-95% without the use of water or chemicals. The factory is also equipped with fully electric, emission-free forklift vehicles in line with the company's sustainability principles.
"Our new state-of-the-art factory will produce innovative feed products, which when combined with our latest feeding models, farming technologies and water management solutions, will help Vietnamese farmers increase their productivity through better growth, better feed conversion and higher survival rates," said Alex Obach, Skretting innovation director.