Royal DSM opened its new Analytical Center of Excellence last month in Tulln, Lower Austria.

The state-of-the-art facilities will be used to conduct nutritional analyses which will form the basis for helping farmers to radically improve the nutrition, health and sustainability of livestock.

The Analytical Center of Excellence consists of 200m2 of new laboratory space and complements existing R&D facilities on site at the BIOMIN Research Center.

Scientists at BIOMIN, which became part of DSM in October 2020, will use sophisticated tools including liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipment to conduct analyses of the nutritional content of animal feed, premixes and eggs at an unprecedented scale. Results of this scientific analysis will be used by DSM and BIOMIN experts in supporting farmers worldwide in improving the nutrition and health of farm animals and the sustainability of the industry.

DSM recently announced a series of quantifiable commitments aimed at addressing the urgent societal and environmental challenges linked to how the world produces and consumes food. This includes a commitment to enable a double-digit on-farm reduction of livestock emissions by 2030.

The new facilities were officially opened in October as DSM celebrated in ceremonies attended by a number of distinguished guests including Lower Austrian Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner and Dutch Ambassador Aldrik Gierveld.

Gierveld said: "The new footprint including a new Analytical Center of Excellence is an illustration of the strong cooperation between the Netherlands and Austria, where high-level expertise is exchanged in order to drive sustainable innovation."

DSM co-chief executive officers Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze said: "Challenges such as malnutrition and climate change reveal a collective need to rethink how we as a society produce and consume food. As a purpose-led global science-based leader in health, nutrition and sustainability, we've committed to making quantifiable improvements to the health of the planet, people and their livelihoods. In this way, we are staying true to our purpose of creating brighter lives for all."

Ivo Lansbergen, president of DSM Animal Nutrition and Health, said: "With this important new addition to the BIOMIN Research Center, we are sending a strong signal about our commitment to radically improve the sustainability of livestock farming, as well as to the importance of our scientific research in Austria. Farmers can and should be the heroes of the necessary transformation to a more sustainable and equitable food system, and we want to help them. As part of DSM's global network, we are a leading provider of sustainable feed and animal health solutions. Together, we make it possible."

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