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Executive Talk


April 27, 2018

 

Bühler opens new manufacturing, R&D site for animal nutrition in China
 
 

 

On April 26, Bühler officially opened its new manufacturing and R&D center in Changzhou, China.

 

The facility would serve the animal nutrition industry by producing solutions for livestock, aquaculture and pets, while also catering to the grain logistics business. 

 

The 200,000m2 green field construction is Bühler's latest addition to its global supply chain and service network. The facility is a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that meets the highest Swiss quality standards for the global animal feeds and grain logistic markets. It includes a comprehensive animal nutrition R&D Application Center which spreads over four floors at 5,200m2.

 

The facility is operated by around 15 Bühler employees working on two pilot plants. One of them will be focused on the development of feed processing technologies while the other is focused on grain logistic applications.

 
These pilot plants will facilitate basic technology research and development as well as collaboration with customers for customised solutions.
 
In addition, the R&D Application Center will serve as a major animal nutrition training center for customers and Bühler employees. "The combined offerings make this new facility a globally recognised competence center in animal nutrition and grain logistics," said Johannes Wick, CEO of grains and food business at Bühler.
 
China is a significant growth market for Bühler. Its presence goes back to 1983. Today, the company employs over 3000 employees with multiple production sites located in Wuxi, Changzhou, Hefei, Beijing, Shenzhen, Xian and Guangzhou.

 

Bühler has positioned itself as a well-established player with significant market share in the Chinese and Asia-Pacific region, generating over one-quarter of its turnover in this region.

 

"This region has seen tremendous growth in the past years and we are confident we will see further growth. Also, our strong manufacturing base in China will further expand Bühler's global supply chain, which is why we have established this brand-new manufacturing facility," said Dieter Voegtli, president of sales and services at Bühler.

 

The three-day opening event attracted over 400 customers and partners from over 30 countries.

 

During the event, Bühler continued its successful series of the Networking Days with a specific focus on animal nutrition, bringing together key players in the industry. Top speakers from the animal nutrition business and top scientific institutions from China, Europe and the US presented the latest developments and their view of the future with regard to sustainability, animal nutrition, food and feed safety, as well as the impact of the Internet of Things on the animal feed industry.

 

Bühler's general manager, Shao Liping, explained that the facility's factory is not only equipped with the most advanced Bühler machines, but is also operated with the most modern production management systems.

 

Tian Li, senior vice president of the Haid Group said: "Haid will continue to work with Bühler on new construction projects both at home and abroad. We put faith in Bühler's manufacturing philosophy of always striving for perfection and its longstanding brand culture. With this R&D and manufacturing center, we expect to see continued growth and innovation from Bühler. I believe Bühler Changzhou will serve as a leading player to push forward industry equipment upgrading."

 

The event concluded with visits to three plants in the region. Bühler selected those sites to provide its guests profound insights into the Chinese feed industry.

 

"This was an impressive event with hands-on industrial insights into the feed industry in China and the capabilities Bühler can deliver," said KC Ong, country director of the Gold Coin China Group.

 

"Bühler Changzhou is a great partner in supplying equipment and engineering services for us. The facility produces high-quality equipment according to Bühler's worldwide standards. Supported by competent local teams with great services and innovative ideas, Bühler Changzhou has created great value to Gold Coin and the feed industry as whole."
 
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