New Majority Owner in Graintec A/S

As per Tuesday, the 1st May 2018, Henrik Hougaard has acquired 47.5% of the shares in Graintec A/S from a number of minority shareholders and thereby controls 90% of the company through the family’s investment company Thoraso A/S. The remaining shares are owned partly by the management and partly by the company itself.

 

In 2017 Graintec A/S had a turnover of DKK 275m. As a direct result of many years’ successful development, the company has grown to be among the leading suppliers of solutions and services for production of extruded feed for the aqua feed and pet food industries. In recent years, however, Graintec has experienced a period with challenges and fluctuating results. The first step in the turnaround was made in 2017 with the employment of Michael Mortensen as new CEO and the preparation of a strategic plan up until 2021.

 

Through this investment, the strategic and financial foundation to develop Graintec and accelerate growth in the future has been further strengthened. The new majority owner has in the past shown his ability and willingness to lift a Danish company into being a global leader. In November 2017, Henrik Hougaard sold SKIOLD A/S to the investment company Solix. SKIOLD A/S was owned by the Hougaard family for three generations, and has a turnover of approx. DKK 600m. SKIOLD A/S is a leading supplier of equipment and systems for feed plants, piggeries and seed cleaning.

 

The future growth of Graintec will be achieved through a clear strategic focus that will further enhance Graintec’s existing capabilities in supplying complete turnkey feed factories, as well as through the development of new solutions to new customers in new markets. In the future, both organic possibilities and the potential of strengthening Graintec through acquisition will be considered.

 

The day-to-day management with Michael Mortensen as CEO and Kasper Holm as CFO will continue unchanged.

 

Henrik Hougaard
Chairman of the board
Contact no: +45 4053 6248
Michael Mortensen
CEO
Contact no: +45 2428 9909

New extrusion feed plant down under

March 15, 2018. Ridley Corporation has named GRAINTEC A/S their design and technology partner for its new extrusion feed plant in Westbury, Tasmania. The new state-of-the art facility will add to Ridley´s position as Australia’s leading producer of animal feed.

The new state of the art, purpose built plant, will have on-site bulk storage and warehouses for both raw materials and finished goods. The extrusion based feed plant will manufacture and supply feed primarily to the salmon industry, as well as other aquaculture species in Australia and in New Zealand.

GRAINTEC have worked closely with Ridley´s team developing the conceptual design of the plant. Under the newly signed agreement GRAINTEC will be the principal technology and an equipment supplier for the project and will supervise the installation and startup of the facility.

It was crucial for Ridley to choose a sustainable solution with low utility consumption, minimum pellet breakage and dust creation and it had to be based on well-proven solutions.

Ridley´s Project Manager, elaborates; “It was, of course, important to choose a supplier with expertise in extruded aqua feed and the right competitive solution. GRAINTEC have more than 30 years of experience designing and constructing high performance extruded aqua feed facilities around the world. What we needed was a world class aqua feed facility. GRAINTEC´s extensive experience and know-how in this field was a decisive factor. In addition, we wanted a design with minimum impact on the environment a so-called green footprint, and GRAINTEC´s solutions were the answer to this demand.”

Michael Mortensen, CEO of GRAINTEC continues; “We are very pleased to work with Ridley on this important project. Ridley´s commitment to build a facility that will meet the highest quality standards have made it an exciting challenge for GRAINTEC to design the project and to assist Ridley in developing what will become a truly world class facility”.

Construction of the feed plant is due to be completed in 2019.

Press Release

How dryer airflow automation can increase energy efficiency

In the production of extruded feed, hot air drying accounts for almost 50 % of the total energy consumption. Naturally, our customers in the industry have incentive to improve fossil fuel efficiency to convert gas savings directly to bottom line earnings and a reduction of carbon footprint.

However, opportunities to reduce gas consumption in the dryers are often overlooked due to anxiety of compromising process- and product integrity. Many modern pet food facilities have dampers, valves, etc. that are locked in fixed positions, arising from an initial equipment run-in phase. If gas savings are to be realized across all products and production lines, active- and online adjustments of process airflow is needed. This is to react towards shifting production conditions and -volume flow as well as product size, composition and recipe.

GRAINTEC’s new dryer airflow automation makes use of information retrieved from sensors placed in air ducts, to judiciously adjust air flow control measures to appropriate positions. This allows dryers to react on relevant processing conditions. “Recent studies have demonstrated that by implementing dryer airflow automation in extruded pet food production, annual gas savings of 3 – 10 % can be realized, depending on processing conditions”, says Anders Haubjerg, Sr. Process Engineer in the Business and Technology Development at Graintec A/S. And he continues; “That is often around a year in payback time, so we do encourage our customers to contact us to hear more – this is a real opportunity to pick the low hanging fruits”.

Press Release

As per November 28, 2016, GRAINTEC has released Managing Director Niels Pedersen from his position at Graintec A/S and the subsidiaries in Chile, China and USA. A new managing director is expected to take office during the first half of 2017. Until then the job as managing director will be handled jointly by Manager for Technology & Business Development, Benny Simonsen, and Chief Financial Manager, Kasper Holm.

Niels Pedersen has during 11 years transformed GRAINTEC to a global and world leading supplier of solutions for the international fish feed and pet food industry. GRAINTEC’s organization as well as business systems have been built up to meet the key customers’ many-sided needs and expectations. During these years, the company has completed significant consultancy and project supplies. As a result, GRAINTEC is today seen as a global company with established companies in four continents.

The management changes will not influence the fundamental values, mission and vision which form the basis for GRAINTEC’s activities, both in relation to GRAINTEC’s customers and internal parties. GRAINTEC’s organization will, however, be adjusted to meet requirements and expectations of the future. GRAINTEC will continue striving to be the preferred supplier of consultancy and supply projects for the international fish feed and pet food industry. GRAINTEC looks forward to continuing the cooperation with the company’s customers, suppliers and business partners.

 

For further information:

www.graintec.com

Chairman of the Board

Henrik Hougaard

 

Mail:                   hh@thoraso.dk

Phone:                 +45 40 53 62 48

 

 


 

Organizational Change

GRAINTEC has of today released Managing Director Niels Pedersen from his duties at GRAINTEC. A new Managing Director will be appointed during first half of 2017. Until then, the duties of the Managing Director are handled by Manager of Technology and Business Development, Benny Simonsen and Chief Financial Officer, Kasper Holm jointly.

The change of Managing Director will not affect our work or philosophy, and we continue to strive for being the preferred supplier of aqua and pet food processing lines. Graintec looks forward to continuing our cooperation in the future.

Contact details:

Benny Simonsen:                 BS@graintec.com                 Mobile: +45 40 58 40 82

Kasper Holm:                       KHO@graintec.com             Mobile: +45 21 55 18 20

 

 

 


 

Top modern shrimp feed facility in Ecuador

A new joint venture investment makes the construction of a greenfield project for a state-of-the-art shrimp feed facility reality. The new facility is located near the city of Guayaquil and has capacity to annually produce around 130,000 tons of high quality shrimp feed for supplying the local market.

cargill_A GRAINTEC project team in cooperation with a Cargill project team have worked out the complete technical design of the factory. Both staff from GRAINTEC’s headquarters in Denmark and from the office in Chile have been part of this project.


The joint venture between Cargill and Naturisa creates new opportunities and makes the aquaculture industry in Ecuador increasingly dynamic. The state-of-the-art facility incorporates newest technology and sets high quality standards.

“The challenge with shrimp food is the right density of the food in order to ensure that the feed keeps its quality when floating”, says Cristian Toscano, Graintec´s Area Sales Manager for Latin America. “The production process requires the right pelletizers and extruding technology in order to receive the best feed conversion rate.” In addition to having the industry’s most modern technology, the Ecuadorian facility will be earthquake secured and constructed with the highest local safety requirements.

 We expect commercial production of the new facility to start before summer 2018.

 

 

 


 

A breakthrough in salmon farming

New ways of farming salmon are on the way and at GRAINTEC we are happy to be part of yet another groundbreaking project. With growing focus on sustainability and fish welfare, the newest project by the Norwegian Ocean Farming AS will bring salmon farming offshore.

The project has been on the way for a long time, as feasibility studies started back in 2012 and various technical solutions have been assessed. The outcome of the extensive studies has resulted in an offshore farming installation that, as the first in the world, combines marine biology, marine cybernetics and marine engineering with newest data technology. The facility is highly technological and supported by underwater sensors and other backing systems, taking the monitoring of the feed process to another level.

GRAINTEC’s contribution to the project lies in the equipment and systems for the distribution and receiving of fish feed on the facility. Having a slack-anchored, semi-submersible facility floating on the water poses new challenges to fish farming technologies. “It has been an exciting challenge to combine the perfect technology within the limited space we have on the facility, while keeping performance, weight and little energy consumption into consideration”, says Martin Olde Heuvel, Project Manager from Graintec. All operations for handling the fish can be performed directly on board by a crew of three to four people.

Salmar-logoAs a subsidiary of the Salmar Group, Ocean Farming AS has been established for developing offshore salmon farming possibilities. To help fund the concept

development phase, Ocean Farming AS received grants from Innovation Norway. Production start for the offshore facility is scheduled for mid/end 2017.

The use of inshore farming facilities is limited and there is a need for new approaches. By placing facilities offshore, farms are less exposed to tidal currents and the currents are more constant. Also, the fish are less exposed to possible illnesses. It is expected that offshore farming will grow constantly over the next decades.

For more information, please contact GRAINTEC.

 


 

Yet another historic order for Graintec

marineharvestFollowing its success with huge orders from earlier, GRAINTEC has secured a large design and supply order for a new fish feed factory. The company Marine Harvest Scotland Ltd. is going to build Europe´s most modern salmon feed plant – a high technology factory on the Isle of Skye, where Denmark-based Graintec A/S stands for the project design.

The new factory is going to produce 170,000 tons a year. With a total contract value of about 33,5 million Euro, the project is the second largest order in Graintec’s history. High technology is going to play a central role and with the current trend for sustainability and organic food, the factory will meet many different demands. Fish feed for different sized salmon can be produced (both starter and grower fish) and there will be organic feed production. The technology that is implemented by Graintec will include a new solution for grinding and will focus on energy recovery, which is one of the areas the Danish company with subsidiaries on several continents has specialized in.

“We are world leaders with regard to the production process of salmon food, meaning that there is a 67% chance that the salmon you buy in the store has been fed with food from a production plant where Graintec in one way or other has been involved in”, says CEO Niels Pedersen. “We did it again, and look forward to extend our good collaboration and the works on the Kyleakin project”, he says proudly, referring to 2012, where Graintec received its biggest design order, a feed factory for the Norwegian Marine Harvest ASA with a contract sum of about 36 million Euro.

SiteGraintec has specialized in eco-friendly production facilities for extruded fish feed and pet food. The company executes projects, designs and installs production plants, and acts further as consultants in the field. Efficiency and responsibility for the environment, as well as hygiene and research within the field are key matters for Graintec. Due to a focused and customer-oriented approach, Graintec has been able to triple the yearly turnover to an average 39 million Euro over a three-year period.

The state-of-the-art feed plant placed in Kyleakin, on the Scottish Isle of Skye, is going to produce feed for Scotland and other Marine Harvest sites in the North Atlantic region. Further development on the site is depending on the coming construction permits. Planning permission is expected later this year and commercial production will start in summer 2018.

 


 

The importance of a trustful partner in business

Having 30 years of experience in a niche market, GRAINTEC is used to handling complex projects where confidentiality is essential. We have implemented confidentiality in our working procedures, business values and employment contracts with all staff. One of our business values is confidentiality. Entering non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality agreements are standard procedures for GRAINTEC projects.

 We offer a wide range of consulting services, including feasibility studies and technical consultancy and assistance. Contact us  for energy studies, trouble shooting or bottleneck surveys. As a confidential business partner, we can identify and benchmark your potential suppliers. Our project management capabilities ensure the overall development and control of your complete project from start to end and with expert advice on legislation, regulations and directives.

Being a trustful partner in business also includes keeping up to date with the newest technologies and knowledge in the field. We have for instance a center of best practice, where we share our in-house knowledge and keep updated. We take part in the constant development and innovation in the field to ensure sustainability, hygiene and optimization on a high level.

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