AlzChem officially put its new Creamino plant at the Trostberg Chemical Park into operation on September 12. The company has now roughly tripled its production capacity for this fast-growing feed additive.
“To build a production plant of this size and complexity in less than one and a half years was an ambitious project and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues who contributed to the successful implementation,” said AlzChem CEO Andreas Niedermaier at the official commissioning of the new plant. The innovative and strongly growing feed additive Creamino is a patented development of AlzChem. The company also took over sales of the product itself at the beginning of the year. The new plant will increase the production capacity from around 7,000 tons to around 21,000 tons per year.
Besides the main shareholders and representatives of the Supervisory Board of AlzChem Group AG, which was represented by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Mr. Zöllner, the District Administrator of Traunstein, Siegfried Walch, and the Mayor of Trostberg, Karl Schleid, opened the ceremonial event by greeting those in attendance. “On behalf of AlzChem, I would like to thank the District Office once again today for the speedy processing and approval of our building application. Without this commitment, we would not be able to celebrate the official opening of our plant today,” said Niedermaier. "The same applies to all the other participants here. Only with your support could this mammoth project be completed so quickly and easily.” The Management Board members Andreas Niedermaier, Klaus Englmaier and Dr. Georg Weichselbaumer, as well as Robert Alber, the person responsible for sales, explained the new building, the facilities and the manufacturing concept to one group each.
The construction of the new plant was based among other things on experience gained from operating the existing smaller production unit. “In the first years of manufacturing Creamino, we continuously optimized the processes and learned a lot from them for the new plant,” Klaus Englmaier reports. Functional tests in the weeks before the official start ensured that production has run smoothly from the start and that the entire capacity can be utilized.
The active ingredient in Creamino is guanidino acetic acid, a direct precursor of creatine. Creatine is produced in the body itself and ingested with food and plays an important role in the energy metabolism of muscles. As a feed additive in poultry farming, it improves nutrient utilization considerably even at low dosages – 600 grams per ton of feed are recommended –
and promotes healthy growth even without adding animal proteins. At the same time, less feed is required, which in turn improves the CO2 footprint of poultry farming. Manufactured on the basis of cyanamide, which in turn is derived from calcium cyanamide, Creamino has been approved as a feed additive by the European Food Safety Authority since 2009.
“The market for feed additives is growing steadily and global demand for Creamino is rising,” said Dr. Georg Weichselbaumer. “Our expanded capacities will enable us to meet the needs of our growing customer base and to fully exploit the growth potential of our product.” The main growth driver in this market is the rapidly growing global population with limited agricultural land so that greater efficiency in agriculture is becoming increasingly important for a secure supply. Thanks to its significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Creamino also meets the growing demand for more sustainability in food production.
The AlzChem Group is a vertically integrated manufacturer of chemical products based on the so-called NCN chain. These are products with typical nitrogen-carbon-nitrogen bonding that are used in a wide variety of different industries. The Group has a leading position in select niche markets. The strategic focus of growth and the main focus of its extensive research and development are on the business segment Specialty Chemicals. The company has around 1,560 employees at four sites in Germany and three other sites abroad.