December 4, 2015


Fonterra opens milk powder plant in Pahiatua, New Zealand



Around 300 people were present for the official opening of Fonterra's new high-efficiency plant based in Pahiatua, New Zealand, which will produce milk powder for more than 20 markets worldwide.


Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries, joined local farmers and community members to officially open the plant.


The facility started operation in August this year and has already produced more than 30,000 tonnes of high-quality whole milk powder for key markets including Sri Lanka and Algeria.


Fonterra's chairman, John Wilson, said the new $235 million high-efficiency dryer is part of a $2.4 billion investment programme to accommodate milk growth and allows the Co-operative to make the most out of its lower North Island farmers' milk.


"The plant will help us process large volumes of milk in a way that delivers the most value to our farmers. It will also help us meet the growing global demand for dairy nutrition," Wilson added. "Last year, milk production in this region was up 4.3% on the previous year and we expect volumes to increase in the future."


"The new dryer was a valuable addition to our asset base ahead of this season's peak, providing more capacity which allows us to drive greater efficiency and value in our product mix," said Robert Spurway, Fonterra's managing director for global operations.


Along with the plant, the site has added new infrastructures that allows it to manage additional milk volumes.


These include a wastewater treatment plant, a reverse osmosis plant that allows the site to reuse its own condensate, a gas-fired boiler with a number of heat recovery systems, and a distribution centre.


"It's these supporting infrastructures that are helping to reduce environmental impact while also making the dryer one of the most efficient in the world," Spurway added.

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