The Iowa based company has invested US$8m in the expansion project.
Work to revamp and expand the production facility located in the SIPCOT industrial estate in Gummidipundi, in southern India, took about 16 months to complete, said Prakash Saini, marketing manager with Kemin Industries, South Asia.
The extra plant capacity will help meet increasing demand for trace minerals in South Asia.
The expanded facility has a new and “highly efficient” production system for metal propionate trace minerals using “IOMPS” or an integrated organic mineral production system, said Saini.
“This facility will help us to produce different combinations of ‘metal propionates’ in the most efficient way,” he said. “The new metal propionates produced in the reactor are more stable.”
The expanded facility has also improved production for liquid ingredients, the company said.
The site gained several new certifications and endorsements as part of the expansion process. It now has International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications for the development, manufacture, marketing and supply of feed additives and for the manufacturing of feed additives that are packed in retail or bulk packs, Kemin said. It also gained an Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) certification for manufacturing – including the blending, processing and packaging – of feed additives again for bulk or retail packs.
In addition to manufacturing the previous product line, the site expansion means additional feed additives can be generated at the location, said Saini.