Alltech opened its newest Bioplex® plant on November 2, the first organic mineral production facility in Vietnam.
The state-of-the-art manufacturing plant is the company's eighth mineral production facility worldwide. The plant's production capacity is 7,000 tonnes per year, and it has the potential to create 100 new jobs, while being conveniently located to serve local customers and support import/export activities.
Alltech is one of the world's largest producers of organic minerals for animal nutrition. The company has committed significant resources into organic trace mineral production, quality control and research, as trace mineral nutrition is essential to animal health.
Alltech's Bioplex® range of minerals are supported by more than 21 years of research and offer higher bioavailability to animals than inorganic minerals. The minerals are readily absorbed, stored and utilised by the animal, supporting overall health, immune status and reproductive function.
Furthermore, as Alltech's organic minerals are better utilised by animals, producers are able to achieve more with less. Mineral excretion from animals through manure is also reduced, resulting in less environmental impact.
"Our organic mineral programme reflects our focus on sustainability in all aspects, from the health of the animal and the nutrition of the meat, milk and eggs produced to the economic well-being of the producer and the impact we have on our planet's land and water," said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and chief executive officer of Alltech. "Our investment in enhancing our mineral production in Asia reflects our confidence in the market's continued growth and our alignment with our customers' commitment to better nutrition from farm to market."
Feed production in Vietnam increased nearly 7% in 2021, according to the Alltech Agri-Food Outlook, the company's annual global feed production survey. Vietnam's total feed production in 2021 was 18.5 million tonnes, led by the swine sector with 7.84 million tonnes, an increase of nearly 20% over 2020.
Aqua feed production increased 40% in 2021 to six million tonnes, broiler feed increased 9% to 2.12 million tonnes, layers feed production increased 11.7% to two million tonnes and dairy increased 22% to 520,000 tonnes.
Consistent with Alltech's purpose of "Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™", the production facility in Vietnam was engineered to reduce the environmental impact of production based on the following aspects:
- The use of CNG versus fuel oil, a common fuel source in Vietnam, is expected to reduce the mineral plant's nitrogen dioxide emissions by 80% and carbon monoxide emissions by 87.5%;
- The facility uses high-pressure clean-in-place (CIP) pumps for tank cleaning, reducing wastewater by 50%. Its dust collection system is 99% efficient;
- The use of invertor motors saves electricity consumption by 5% by utilising variable frequency drive (VFD), which also allows for the control of speed and torque to reduce chances of mechanical failures;
- The production system uses fluid bed drying (FBD) technology, which requires 48% less thermal consumption than conventional spray dryers.
The facility is also certified by ISO 22000:2018, which sets out the requirements for a food safety management system.
Organic trace minerals are more bioavailable to the animal, contributing to improved animal health. Because more of the minerals are taken up by the animal, mineral excretion through manure is reduced, minimising environmental impact on land and water.
The new facility also utilises the Alltech Q+ (Quality Plus) Program, a mineral quality control programme unique to Bioplex trace minerals that guarantees quality, safety and performance in every batch.
Alltech Q+ sets the industry standard, enabling Alltech to offer a global quality guarantee to customers using Bioplex trace minerals around the world, the company said. It forms an integral part of the Alltech Quality System (AQS), which was designed to meet or exceed all global market regulatory standards and ensures that proper approvals and analyses are performed for suppliers, raw materials and finished goods.
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