Arasco to enter top 10 global feed millers
ARASCO (Arabian Agricultural Services Company) will expand its manufacturing
capacity of compound feed to 4 million metric tons per year; a step that would
make ARASCO among the 10 largest animal feed producers in the
Engineer Abdullah Alrubaian, ARASCO's Chairman of the Board (pictured), said:
'This significant expansion comes in response to the recent decision by the
Saudi Government to reform the subsidy system to encourage the animal feed
industry and lessen dependence on barley. The government expects the private
sector to support the reform by increasing production capacity and it is fitting
that ARASCO is the first to respond given its deep expertise in this industry
and status as the largest feed miller in the region.'
Dr. Abdulmalik Alhusseini, ARASCO's Executive President,
elaborated on the expansion plans, stating: 'The expansion will take place in
two phases. The first phase is already under implementation and aims at
increasing the production capacity from 1.6 to 3 million tons per year and
should be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2009 without any
hindrance to existing production. Our team has recently completed the plans for
the second phase which will be implemented in 2009 to increase capacity to 4
million tons per year making ARASCO one of the top 10 feed millers worldwide.'
He continued: 'Furthermore, an important advantage is that ARASCO will
expand its existing facilities in Dammam and Al-Kharj rather than build new
facilities. This will reduce the required investment and cut the project period
to less than a year.'
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