Round-up of feed industry news: Barentz inks emulsifiers deal, DSM to temporarily shut down Vit E plant in Switzerland, EuroTier goes online

By Jane Byrne

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Barentz, a global distributor of life science ingredients has acquired Sevecom, a specialist in emulsifiers with their own developed and patented solutions for animal nutrition.

Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Sevecom has a prominent home-market position, said Barentz. The acquisition, it said, is aligned with its strategy of becoming a global leader in life science ingredients and furthering the expansion of its animal nutrition solutions.

With over 40 years of experience, the family-owned Sevecom has always focused on development and is renowned for its knowledge and technological solutions, said Barentz.

Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz, said: “Sevecom has a very strong position, with patented emulsifiers. [Combined] with our animal nutrition team and our global network, there will be new opportunities to offer added value to all feed industry customers.”

DSM updates industry on vitamin E production

Last Thursday [October 29] saw DSM announce a shutdown for deferred maintenance of its vitamin E plant in in Sisseln in Switzerland.

The shutdown will occur in January and February 2021.

“This planned maintenance work, originally scheduled for August 2020, has been deferred to the latest possible time in order to secure continuation of supply,”​ said DSM.

However, the company said such a gap in output would be offset by the start-up of its vitamin E facility, run as a JV with Nenter, in China - Yimante.

Both the COVID-19 crisis and the flooding of the Yangtze river in the Wuhan area had delayed the previously announced upgrade and subsequent start-up of the Yimante plant.

“After a long production interruption, the start-up at Yimante is now expected by the end of December 2020. Output is planned to gradually ramp-up during the course of 2021 towards the maximum installed nameplate capacity, which is currently 16kt of vitamin E oil.

“DSM expects the Yimante output to compensate for the volume gap from its plant in Sisseln, Switzerland in Q1/2021 and will do its utmost to honor existing contracts for its valuable customers.”

EuroTier goes digital

In view of the continuing uncertain international situation linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, DLG, the organizer of EuroTier, said the animal production and feed trade show will now be run as a digital event.

The dates for the online show are 9-12 February 2021.  

Normally, the trade fair takes place physically in Hanover, Germany. This decision to run it online was taken following extensive meetings with industry representatives, the EuroTier advisory board and partners, said DLG.

“The increasing number of coronavirus cases worldwide and the related restrictive travel guidelines for both exhibitors and visitors require flexible business solutions,”​ explained Dr Reinhard Grandke, CEO of DLG.

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